On March 1st I started a pricing experiment by dropping the price of my novel, Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance, from $2.99 to $0.99. On day seven of the experiment, I reported on the sales and royalty changes in this post.
However, there are more data points than just sales and royalties to this experiment. There is also sales rank.
Lower sales ranks mean you are listed higher in the Amazon lists. The goal is to get your book to show up on the first page of the category lists (within the top #20). More people will see your book if it's on page 1. After all, how many people click over to page 2 or 5 or 12?
Before the price change my best overall Amazon sales rank was #6407, and I’d gotten into the low #40s of the Science Fiction High Tech category.
As of today, my best overall Amazon sales rank has improved to #3249 and it's trending downward.
My best ranks in the categories are now:
#26 Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction > High Tech
#27 Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > High Tech
#51 Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction > Adventure
As you can see, I’m in striking distance of the top 20 in two categories. I’m very interested to see if my theory of increased sales on a top 20 listing turns out to be true.