First, thank you Steve Gerlach! You just saved me a lot of typing. :)
Second, I know that Amazon rankings are fickle things, but allow me to direct you to this http://midlistlife.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/how-meaningful-are-kindle-store-rankings/
Okay--I didn't stay at #4 for the hardboiled category in the Kindle Store (and I didn't expect I would). However, I have been in the top 10 (for that category) a lot lately. I was at #7 two days ago and #6 last night. (Charlie Huston keeps beating me out, but when I look at who's under me, I have to pinch myself.) And last night's ranking was over a period of three hours. Plus my e-books have been selling like hotcakes recently. I reduced the price and sales skyrocketed. They reached an all-time high yesterday of 18 downloads in one day. (I'm keeping track of all this on my Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbi-Mack/111167807626?ref=ts)
Now, I realize that won't pay off any mortgages, but the exposure has made the price cut more than worthwhile. Plus, I've actually made MORE money based on volume, even at the reduced price.
I've been in touch with Kindle owners who read fiction (and, yes, they do exist). Their reasons for using a Kindle can vary, but if you think "old people" won't use them, you're wrong. In fact, I've been told by arthritis sufferers that they find the Kindle easier to handle than a book. It's also apparently very easy on the eyes. They're also great for traveling.
So I guess it's pretty clear where I stand on digital publishing for fiction authors.
Published by Lulu http://www.lulu.com/content/3923913
Available as an e-book on Amazon, Scribd and Smashwords
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