Friday, August 31, 2012

Love and Life in the American South: Meet Author Alle Wells

Last year I hosted a great guest post by Alle Wells and today I’m lucky enough to interview her and find out more about this amazing author.

First of all, thank you so much Alle for taking the time to chat with me. Since you wrote your guest post about your first book, Lame Excuses, you have done so much including publishing two more books, Railroad Man and Leaving Serenity. Could you tell us a bit about them?
Thank you, Katheryn, for your generous hospitality! My stories are fictional, but they are based on the lives of people I have known throughout my life. Each life has its successes and its failures. The strengths and weaknesses in my characters are consequences of the times they lived in, and their economic and environmental settings.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Do Amazon Rankings Matter?

I was recently on holiday in the USA, during which time I grabbed the chance to do some rather shameless promotion of my books (I also drank quite a few frozen margaritas during the holiday, but that’s another story that probably doesn’t bear telling). As everyone nowadays has some form of portable electronic device, it was fast and easy for them to whip out their iPhone, tablet, BlackBerry etc, look up my romance novels on Amazon.

When they checked out my books, what did they look at? Almost without fail, it was the book cover and then the reviews. No one, absolutely no one, looked at my rankings and when I pointed them out (during a nice spike one weekend), the other people had no idea what they meant and didn’t care! So, do rankings matter?