I really have no idea what the Amazon Sales Rank means, but I was tickled to visit Amazon.com's page for my novel THE BOOK OF RENFIELD today. Not only does the page say (for the second time I'm aware of) that there's only one copy left in stock, with more on the way, but the Sales Rank has made what looks like a significant jump:
Today: #101,106 in Books
Yesterday: #418,705 in Books
The only thing these figures (which are updated hourly) absolutely mean is that, even today, THE BOOK OF RENFIELD is selling significantly lesser numbers than the more urgent likes of the latest Rachel Ray cookbooks (#3, #17) and WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (#11). I realize the number may well drop precipitously tomorrow, or even a few hours from now, but in the meantime, this jump in sales -- or is it merely a slump in the sales of everything else? -- is cause for a hard-working writer's smile. As is the idea that my book might be waiting gift-wrapped under some people's trees this Christmas.
If Amazon.com should sell that last copy before you can get yours, remember it can be found at your favorite local bookstore chain and that copies signed by the author can be found here at no extra cost.