Update on the Odd Amazon Categories

When I saw this

#1 Best Seller in Caribbean History???

#1 Best Seller in Caribbean History???

I knew it was time to do something. I went to Author Central and sent a message to Amazon. They responded quickly and told me how to select other categories. I asked them to delete “Caribbean & West Indies” and “White Collar Crime” and asked to add “Sustainable Agriculture”.  I could have added another but couldn’t find one I thought fit.

Amazon_new_categories2I’m happy with the Best Sellers Rank in the new category, although I’m sure it has more to do with less competition in that category. These rankings do fluctuate wildly, even so, it’s encouraging to have stayed on these lists for as many months as I have. Here’s hoping future books do as well.


Another Milestone – Over 2000 Copies Sold!

I’m very excited to announce another milestone for my book, 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing A Self-Sufficient Homestead, over 2000 copies sold! I’m celebrating by offering a $5.00 off coupon code at my CreateSpace eStore. Plus, I’m having a book giveaway.

To take advantage of the $5.00 coupon code, go to my CreateSpace eStore and at checkout, enter


in the coupon code box.

To enter the giveaway, head on over to my homesteading blog, 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog between now and next Thursday, Sept. 25th and leave a comment there. The winner will be announced there on Friday, Sept 26.

In Which I Make My 1st Book Endorsement

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Sasha Tropp, an editor at The Experiment Publishing. She asked if I would be willing to make an advance comment on Rochelle Bilow’s upcoming book, The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself. It sounded right up my alley, so I agreed.

My thank you copy arrived today, and I was very pleased to see my comment on the very first pages – “Praise for The Call of The Farm“. My comment includes my name and “author of 5 Acres & A Dream”. In addition, these comments are included on the book’s Amazon page (which you can read by clicking the above link). What a nice little promotion for my own book as well.

I really did enjoy the book. It was well written and interesting. I would mention that it does contain adult content, just as a heads up for anyone else interested. No, we don’t rate books like we do TV shows and movies, but I do think about that. I’d be tempted to say my book is G rated, but with mention of butchering chickens and goats, I doubt it qualifies for that.

Odd Book Stats At Amazon

I like to check my book’s Amazon page from time to time, to see if there are new reviews and to see if it’s still on the Sustainable Living best seller list. I was surprised to discover it was ranking on two additional best seller lists as well –


#3 in “Caribbean & West Indies” best sellers? Really? Was it the mention of heavy seasonal rains in Chapter 3, “Setting Priorities”? Or my discussion of solar energy in Chapter 8, “Energy Self-Sufficiency”?

How about #4 in “White Collar Crime”? Was it that part about doing in the rooster, in Chapter 11, “Difficult Things”?

By what stretch of the imagination does 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead come close to either of those categories! It’s great to have such high rankings, but I’m afraid anyone purchasing a copy based on those ranks in those categories will be sorely disappointed.

Crafts, Home, and Hobbies > Sustainable Living was the category I chose when I published the book. I’ve been very pleased with my ranking in that category.

I asked about this on the CreateSpace community forum and learned that sometimes Amazon adds categories (based on ???). Also, that I can request to be added to categories. I reckon I’d better find something more appropriate than the two they selected.

Update on “A Chapter A Day”

Nutshell version – fail

Longer explanation with rationale and excuses – That original, “A Chapter A Day”, post was in July and it was definitely a good idea. It worked, in fact, for some of the simpler, shorter chapters. But, as with 5 Acres & A Dream The Book, I want to weave useful information into an interesting story. Sometimes that means things I’ve learned from experience. But sometimes it means documenting what I write, which requires research. It’s the research that slows me down. Then, on some days, I simply don’t feel like getting up at 4 or 5 am! I want the luxury of sleeping in until 6 or 6:15, and I do! No time for writing on those days. 😉