Jasper, Amazon Parrot: Placing in two categories in the top 100 for Kindle in the UK

 

With the pandemic hitting everyone it has given me time to do more research for work.

I found out by that “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure” placed in the top 100 for Kindle in the UK for children’s bird ebooks at #27. Oh, my goodness. Plus at #74 for the category of children’s intermediate readers. Granted this was last week. But, woohoo!!

I took a screen shot for prosperity. I have over the last six months been enjoying having the audible for the first two volumes being in Amazon’s Best Sellers 100 list for their genre. That is exciting and I have as well taken screen shots for each spot they were at.

But this is a new milestone for Jasper and I. To place in the top 100 for Kindle in two categories is huge. It is something I have heard other authors talk about when their books have made it. I’ve been jealous a little but happy at the same time.

I can now say that has happened to me as well.

If it happens to you, let me know. I’ll be excited and happy for you as well.

Your mind set when it comes to your brand: Is is go big or give up after a few failures?

 

Every Monday, or rather I try my best to do so, is #MotivationMonday for Twitter

The one I placed this Monday was:

#MotivationalMonday “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”- Rosa Parks- I was determined to write, determined to get published & determined to be an author. Yes, I was fearful of so many things but my mind was set.

I felt that was the mindset I had to have. This field is very competitive and one can easily be overlooked. But I kept pushing through especially when people didn’t think I could do it. I had family and friends who laughed and thought there was no way I was going to get anywhere. Others thought it was a cute hobby to keep me busy. I am pretty sure some of those same people still feel the same way.

I had a fellow author who queried five publishers. When they all turned her down she gave up submitting anymore. I have tried to convince her to continue. But her mindset is that she can’t get published.

If that had been me, the Jasper series would have never seen the light of day. Ever.

But I had the mindset to continue.

There is so much to learn and get right. You have so many authors out there who have been doing it longer than me and those who have agents. You see authors who are published with the top five major publishing houses. With self publishing taking off as fast as it did, any one can be an author.

So, standing out and making it takes time and a mentality to push you through the pile of those trying to do the same as you.

But I was determined. Plus, I had the time to do so.

Yes, I failed. But each failure pushed me through to the next place I needed to be at. I guess it all depends on how much do you want what you are trying to obtain? Do you have the mindset to accomplish your goals?

Do you stop learning once your book is out?

 

One never stops learning whether by accident or on purpose. As an author I make it a point to do it on purpose.

If one sits still with their writing it will soon be apparent to others if not yourself.

The world of marketing is a good example of where you need to keep learning. There are platforms that are constantly, it seems to me, sprouting up for us to learn about and whether to use them or not.

There are classes on dialogue, pace, setting and crap a whole bunch of other topics that we need to home our skills on. To think we are the experts on all of this is not only delusional but also a disservice to our books and our readers.

There are conferences, newsletters, meetings and classes that talk about every aspect of just about everything. To sit and be happy with our work is one thing to not let it grow is something totally different.

One has to learn the latest trends. When I started writing volume one of my Jasper, Amazon Parrot series trilogies were the thing. You saw it in every genre it seemed in books and at the movies. That is one of the major reasons I wrote volume two and three and have started on volume four. Is that still the trend?

What kind of covers showcase your work well? Are there better graphic artists for you out there? Who is doing better right now- traditional or self publishing right now?

All of this does take time. But isn’t your book worth it? I believe it is.

Sharon C. Williams- Author