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We’re number one!

Just in from Kit and Amazon:

Holy cats! I never remotely expected anything like that — especially with the pre-release date getting screwed up, and the fact that we didn’t do a book bomb or anything. We’ve just begun posting a few memes with the book URL on them. And blog entries.

These Amazon rankings are ephemeral things. They have nothing to do with overall sales figures, only how many orders are being placed at a particular moment. We may be “#1” for five minutes, then never again.

Still. Whooeee!


  1. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 7:27 am

    Perspective for the ego: We’re “#1” based on a grand total of 70 pre-sales. Which, at $0.99 apiece will earn Kit and me each less than $25 in royalties.

    And we’ve not only labored for six months, but have spent the last two weeks working nearly every day on the book, morning to night.

    That’s the reality of being (oh wow) A Book Author.

    Nevertheless, it’s fun. And a promising beginning.

  2. Pat
    Pat March 29, 2018 8:26 am

    Wait till you get to the paperback sales. All those anti-Kindle fans will be onboard.

    And what will this do to Amazon’s non-conservative position if they get a lot of orders?

  3. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 9:12 am

    Agreed, Pat. We were both so burnt out after finishing the ebook that we were going to wait a few days before taking on the paperback (which won’t be anywhere near as much work, but still requires its own layout decisions). But I think Kit’s already on it now.

    As to Amazon, aside from an accusation of them removing positive reviews from some libertarian and conservative writers for reasons they’ve never explained, I don’t think they’re into censorship. Yet. Let’s hope they don’t decide to go PC.

  4. Joel
    Joel March 29, 2018 9:23 am

    Whoo hoo! I want a paperback copy when they’re available, because reading books on the ‘pooter gets me in the back. But for 99 cents I’ll cheerfully keep that particular ball in the air, whether it makes any difference or not.

  5. david
    david March 29, 2018 9:30 am

    I’ll be there when you get to a print version. I backed off Kindle before I ever got there, because at the time I was interested Amazon had started ‘pulling back’ some Kindle books and claiming it was their ‘right’ somehow, even though users thought buying a Kindle edition was ownership, not ‘borrowing’. So I never went to Kindle.

  6. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 9:41 am

    I hear you guys who prefer dead-tree versions. So do I, most definitely. We’re working on it.

    Thanks, Joel, for keeping the pre-order ball rolling despite that.

  7. jordanms2015
    jordanms2015 March 29, 2018 9:53 am

    and your surprised, why ?

  8. ~Qjay
    ~Qjay March 29, 2018 10:37 am

    Awesome, Claire!

  9. s
    s March 29, 2018 12:04 pm

    I ordered a copy. Great work! Congratulations!

  10. Comrade X
    Comrade X March 29, 2018 12:35 pm

    I’m with Joel.

  11. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 12:44 pm

    And from Kit, I quote:

    We are currently:
    – Top 1000 in all of Kindle (#952) out of over a MILLION books.
    – #1 in Civil Rights and Liberty for both Kindle and Books in general
    – #3 in Intelligence and Espionage

    We are kicking ASS, Claire. 😀

  12. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 1:26 pm

    “and your surprised, why ?”

    Because low expectations lead to pleasant surprises?

    You may have created a monster when you introduced Kit and me, jordanms.

  13. s
    s March 29, 2018 1:42 pm

    Good. We need our own monster.

  14. Pat
    Pat March 29, 2018 1:53 pm

    “And we got there by breaking a whole 200 pre-orders.”

    Maybe a lot more of the world has been waiting for this longer than you realized. Possibly *before* America reached that awkward stage – “too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”

  15. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 2:09 pm

    I’d like to think so, Pat. And maybe it’ll turn out to be so. But in this case I was just remarking on how few sales it actually takes to make something an Amazon best seller.

    I’m not complaining, mind you. Not at all. Kit and I are both pretty thrilled. But only time will tell if the book is truly wanted.

  16. Claire
    Claire March 29, 2018 2:10 pm

    “Good. We need our own monster.”

    LOL. And in this case, you got a two-headed one.

  17. Jim B.
    Jim B. March 29, 2018 9:24 pm

    Just brought a Kindle copy. However I’m going against the flow here. I have one of the Kindle e-ink reader and it doesn’t bother my eyes, and it lets me have a library without taking up space. I like it.

    Presently I’m reading Ventura’s book “They Killed Our President” on it, just about to finish it. Highly recommended, especially for the freedomistas, it goes into details on how “they” were so successful in pulling it off.

    Lots of footnotes and attributions, which, IMO, shows its been researched very well.

    And the Kindle copy is only (at this writing) a couple of bucks, which is another reason I have a Kindle, sometimes the Kindle copy is cheap.

  18. jbryan314
    jbryan314 March 31, 2018 12:07 pm

    I prefer the paperback version myself, because one day if the grid goes down or if there is some other reason not to be using electronic devices, the paperback is still there to be read by candlelight or the glow of a red lens flashlight. I’ll be ordering as soon as the paperback is available. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to ask in person for a signature inside the front cover.

    -Jefferson Locke on
    -The Gray Man on FreeAmericanNational blog

  19. Claire
    Claire March 31, 2018 12:18 pm

    Welcome and thank you, jbryan. I appreciate your sentiments, though if autograph time ever does roll around, let’s hope it doesn’t have to be done in the dark. 🙂

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