That’s the BigAl’s Books and Pals effect – Part Deux!

08 Jun
06/08/2011



About two weeks ago, I published a blog that attempted to take a critical look at the  market effect a writer could expect to see if they received a positive review from what is, arguably, the biggest and hottest indie-book review site on the web.

I’m talking, of course, about BigAl’s Books and Pals blog.

That last foray into marketing analysis didn’t turn out so well – you can read the original blog entry here , and only really proved how fickle Amazon’s ranking system is when your book is sitting around 100,000th place.

At the time, I mentioned I was going to give it another shot, simply because the review I chose was for a short-story, and I happened to know the author. So I knew I could probably get some finer details on his sales.

This time, I picked two books recently reviewed by BigAl, both full length novels, and both received five-star marks. Those books are:

 

  • Vestal Virgin, by Suzanne Tyrpak. Historical fiction set in Rome
  • Along Came a Demon, by Linda Welch. Urban fantasy/horror

I used NovelRank.com to track both books positions for a couple of days before the reviews appeared.

So, without further ado, here are the results:

Vestal Virgin

The Vestal Virgin review was published at 8:00 am on Monday, May 30th. At that time, Vestal Virgin’s Amazon Best Sellers ranking was #6,079.  Novel rank showed Vestal Virgin as ranking at an average of #6,000 for the two days before the review appeared.

It held the following top-100 category rankings:

#8 in the nonfiction>history>Ancient>Rome

#8 in Books>History>Ancient>Rome

#12 in Books>History>Europe>Italy

Over the next 5 hours, Vestal Virgin’s ranking continued to decrease nicely, reaching #5,203 at 4:00 pm

#7 in the nonfiction>history>Ancient>Rome

#7 in Books>History>Ancient>Rome

#9 in Books>History>Europe>Italy

There was a slow increase from that point on but the following day, at 10:00 am, Vestal Virgin had reached #4,233 and had settled in nicely to the following rankings:

#5 in the nonfiction>history>Ancient>Rome

#5 in Books>History>Ancient>Rome

#7 in Books>History>Europe>Italy

As of 3:00 pm today (Wednesday, June 8th), Vestal Virgin sits at #9,713

#13 in the nonfiction>history>Ancient>Rome

#14 in Books>History>Ancient>Rome

#24 in Books>History>Europe>Italy

 

Along Came a Demon

 

When BigAl’s review was released at 8:00 am, on May, 31st, Along Came a Demon ranked at #1,889.   Novel rank showed Along Came a Demon as ranking at an average of #1,500 for the two days before the review appeared.

It held the following top-100 category rankings:

#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts

#70 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror

Along Came a Demon hovered around the same position until noon when  there was three hours of positive movement for the book which moved it a hundred places or so to #1,719

#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts

#67 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror

As of 3:00 pm today, Along Came a Demon sits quite comfortably at # 2,827

#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts

#100 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror

I have a sneaking suspicion that the BigAl’s effect was watered down somewhat due to the fact that Along Came a Demon was already a very  popular book at the time the review was released, which could have greatly dampened the review’s impact.

I don’t have any numbers on sales, unfortunately, as I know neither of the authors featured.

I do think that it is clear that the extra exposure from a BigAl’s review (and most likely, to a lesser extent, any other indie review site) will have an immediate positive impact on a book’s sales. That initial exciting boost to your sales might be short lived, but the long term benefits are likely to be far more tangible to an author’s reputation. After all, the only way the majority of self-published  books are  going to get the kind of long term sales needed to sustain an author, is through word-of-mouth and positive exposure through sites like BigAl’s.

A positive review from BigAl looks like it will be a great shot in the arm for any new author, with long term benefits that could be measured over years and go a long way to help create a positive image of an author in readers’ eyes.

Lastly, this is quite obviously not a scientific review of BigAl’s effect on the book market. It’s a purely subjective experiment, based on some definitely un-empirical processes, gut instincts and personal observations.

For a comprehensive list of review sites that you can send your Ms to, check out Simon Royle’s blog – he keeps a list of review sites that is second to none: you can find it by clicking here

 

 

; echo