Friday, April 8, 2011

A Big Thanks To All My Friends

Thanks for the push, mom!


It's been 7 days since Zero Sight launched, and the initial response has been awesome. I've seen dozens of separate Facebook posts, tweets, and emails promoting the launch. Folks I hadn't seen or talked to in years were calling me up to let me know that they heard the news. Thanks for getting the word out. I really appreciate it.

Now for the sales report:

Including all fiction and non-fiction titles, there are over 175,000 books for sale on Amazon. The books are ranked from #1 (bestselling) to #175,000 (bummer-most). The number of Zero Sight copies purchased on Amazon was flat out amazing. At one point, so many of you were buying copies of Zero Sight that it nearly broke into Amazon's Top 5,000. That's not just counting fantasy books. That's counting every single book for sale on Amazon, non-fiction, fiction, or otherwise.

If you run the numbers: 5.1K/175K*100% = 3%

Yea, that's right, Zero Sight was ranked in the top 3% of ALL books!

That's with no advertising, no big publisher, and no famous name.

Those sales were all you guys—and that's just plain fantastic.

The initial surge is over now—Zero Sight is now ranking around 16K—but it was critical. The book's rocket-like ascent caught a lot of people's attention. Zero Sight is now being reviewed by a number of popular ebook critics. If they give the book a big thumbs up, The Zero Sight Series has a good chance of going mainstream. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I didn't miss too many typos!)

Now, I'm under no illusions as to why this happened. I owe a huge debt to every last one of you. You made this happen. That makes you awesome.

For those of you who want to continue to help, please post a review of Zero Sight on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / GoodReads. In the ebooks market, strong reviews fuel future sales. It's sink or swim, and readers trust readers. I'm not asking for anything more than an honest review. Good or bad, feel free to throw it up there.

I'll be pretty busy in the next few weeks. We have our big medical licensing exam coming up next month. I'll still try to keep up with all the emails, and I have a few journal entries saved up. You can follow future posts via the RSS feed or the Facebook group. Also, feel free to post comments. I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great weekend,



Bookblogger said...

Congrats on the great release! I am looking forward to getting the book read myself.


B. Justin Shier said...

Thanks, Scott. I look forward to hearing your opinion.