|Thanks to Scribblings of An Aspiring Author|
Have you tried STORY CARTEL to ask for reviews? I just put ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD up on their site. The basic listing is free with an option to pay for more book exposure in their newsletter. You give reviewers a free ebook in exchange for an honest review. I added a chance to win 3 $10 Amazon gift certificates, but you can also add an autographed copy of your book. I'll let you know how or if this works.
Another way to boost your Amazon number is through short stories, small stories with BIG meaning burrowed inside. I think they're harder for me to write than novels because I have to pack a lot in and do it in a small space. Most of the short stories I celebrate are those that require me to interpret, not escape. If I'm lucky I can have a bit of both. And those with a bit of both are the kind I try to write. It has been a challenge, but I've managed to publish two short stories, and I hope I've succeeded in tantalizing the readers' interpretive talents and also let them escape if only for a while.
When I contributed Premeditated Cat to the anthology of short stories, The First Time, I did it because I wanted to see if I could write to a deadline and a theme that someone else set out.
When I contributed Into The Sea of Dew to Two and Twenty Dark Tales, I did it because I wanted to see if I could write a retelling.
I discovered that I could accomplish all of that. Whew! What I didn't discover until later was that I could boost my Author Ranking on Amazon by being included in these anthologies.
If you check your profile on Amazon Authors Central, you should see the list of your books. Be sure all of them are included. Don't forgot those anthologies with your stories. Amazon ranks you in different categories. Some of these you might not even write in, but if you're in an anthology that's included in this category, you will be, too.
Now that's a reason to celebrate, isn't it?
Here's the list of others who are celebrating the SMALL things this week. Stop by. Say hi!