Do you ever feel like your novel is lost on Amazon?


BRANDON MARSALIS FOLLOWED his usual routine.  He woke at five in the morning, checked his sales on Kindle Direct Publishing and looked at the rankings of his books to see where he stood in the big picture.

He got on Twitter and sent a few messages, retweeted some things he saw posted by his followers. He went on Goodreads and commented in a few discussions.  Then he started his own discussion on LinkedIn about the proper length of sentences for a thriller published as an e-book.

He helped his wife get the kids off to school.

By seven, he had showered and dressed for a day of work at the Post Office.

After supper that evening, he returned to his computer where he wrote a blog about writing and posted it on Word Press. From ten o’clock until midnight, he worked on his latest novel, the third one he had written in the last year.

Stephen Woodfin
Stephen Woodfin

Before he went to bed, he checked his sales again and saw the same numbers he had recorded eighteen hours before.

He leaned back in his chair, looked at the ceiling and let out a deep breath.

When he got in bed, his wife turned over and spoke to him.

“What’s happening in the book business tonight?”

“The same thing that was happening yesterday,” Brandon said.

“What’s that?” his wife said.

“Nothing. I think my books are lost on Amazon.”

His wife patted his arm. “It just takes some time.  Rome wasn’t built in a day,” she said.

“It’s been a lot more than a day. More like three years and counting.”

“But think about all the progress you’ve made, honey. Three years ago you were just starting to write,” she said.

Brandon turned on his side and faced the wall as he listened to the whir of the ceiling fan.

“Three years ago, I thought if I wrote a good book, someone would buy it.”

“They will. All sorts of writers tell stories about the hard times they endured before they were discovered.  Your day is coming.”

She dropped back into a deep sleep.

Brandon sat up in bed and turned on the lamp next to him. He got out his Kindle and searched the store for books in his genre.

He found ten thousand of them.

He held the power switch on the e-reader until the display faded to black, sat it on the nightstand and pulled the covers over his head.

“Lost,” he muttered before he drifted into a troubled sleep.

About Stephen Woodfin:

Stephen Woodfin, a ***2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Award FINALIST – THRILLER***, is an attorney and the author of eight fast-paced thrillers.  His novel, The Warrior with Alzheimer’s: The Battle for Justice was “Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013.”

You can follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenwoodfin and at


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