Tag: Amazon best seller rank

Will your book become a bestseller? Does your book have what it takes? Or perhaps the question is “do you have what it takes?”

I’ve thought long and hard about what’s required to produce a sustained bestselling book and reap the rewards that go along with that status. You know… paid speaking gigs, a large engaged following, high-end clients, and making a global impact.

After years of analyzing the successes (and failures) of my mentors, private clients, and students I’ve distilled it down to three things.

I call it the Bestseller Framework and I explain it in this video.

Will your book become a bestseller?

After watching the video I invite you to take my “Bestseller Indicator Assessment”. Just answer a few multiple choice questions about your book (whether it’s published yet or not) to see what your potential is to become a #1 bestselling author. It’s fun and informative.

After you take the quiz, I’d love for you to post your scores in the comments below so I can give you my personal feedback.


After you’ve taken the quiz and have read the assessment based on your score then you’ll have a good indication of your chances for bestseller success. The maximum you can score is 90 points.

If your score is 15–29, sadly a bestseller is improbable. If you scored 30–44 then a short-term bestseller is possible with help. A short-term bestseller is likely if you score between 45 and 59. A #1 bestseller is highly likely if your results are in the 60–74 range. And if you scored 75–90 a #1 sustained bestseller is guaranteed along with exponential business growth.

For ideas on how you can increase your score (and become a bestseller with certainty) download my bestselling eBook 5 Things Every First-time Author Needs to Know or order it on Amazon.


Geoff Affleck

Geoff Affleck is a 5-time #1 bestselling author and creator and facilitator for the eBook Bestseller Bootcamp for aspiring self-help authors.

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How do you find a good editor for your book? Judy from Australia wrote “the trickiest thing I found about writing and book self-publishing in the non-fiction genre is editing and finding an editor.”  Thank’s Judy. I’ll give you a few tips in the video.

The best ways I know to find a good copy editor—one who is professional, fast, proficient, affordable, and most of all, doesn’t lose your authentic voice are these:

  1. Look in the acknowledgements section of books that you really like in your genre for the name of the editor. Then contact them.
  2. Ask for referrals from other authors who LOVED their editor.
  3. Ask me for a referral. I’ll be happy to refer you an amazing editor who meets all the criteria above.

One thing I didn’t talk about in the video is using gig sites like fiverr.com to find a good editor. While editing gigs are a-plenty on these sites, finding a good one is a crap shoot. If your budget doesn’t allow you to hire a recommended professional editor then this may be a good option. Here are some tips for hiring gig editors:

  • Find one whose first language is your language
  • Look for one with lots of 5-star ratings and read the comments
  • Try them out with a short sample such as your introduction or first chapter to assess the quality of editing and turnaround time
  • Do this with two or three editors and compare results

If you have no budget for editing then ask a friend to help you (again, quality may suffer) or see if you can trade services with a professional editor.


Geoff Affleck

Geoff Affleck is a 5-time #1 bestselling author and creator and facilitator for the eBook Bestseller Bootcamp for aspiring self-help authors.

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Lisa asks, “When writing a creative non-fiction self-development/memoir book, how soon in the process does it make sense to write the book proposal? i.e. Do it from the get go to crystallize the idea and be ready to submit to agents off the bat (I know landing one can take a while!!!) OR get into the writing flow and do that once I have at least say 3 chapters I am happy with, and know the overall book structure. Does this question make sense?!”

In this post you’ll learn:

  1. What is a book proposal
  2. Who should and who shouldn’t submit a book proposal
  3. Who should you submit it to
  4. What are the best self-publishing options

Geoff Affleck

Geoff Affleck is a 5-time #1 bestselling author and creator and facilitator for the eBook Bestseller Bootcamp for aspiring self-help authors.

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Every holistic entrepreneur should write a book. It’s the business card of today and publishing is easier than you think. Today, Geoff Affleck explores how to leverage your ebook to build your email list and grow your holistic practice.

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Bonnie Groessl, host of “The Holistic Entrepreneur” is a best-selling author, international podcast host and success coach. She is recognized as an expert in helping people attain their goals, by focusing on clarity, mindset and the most effective ways to achieve their desired outcome.  Bonnie helps entrepreneurs quickly grow their online presence so their ideal clients can easily find them.


Geoff Affleck

Geoff Affleck is a 5-time #1 bestselling author and creator and facilitator for the eBook Bestseller Bootcamp for aspiring self-help authors.

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Which non-fiction book topics are the most popular? And, if you’re writing a non-fiction book should you choose a best selling genre that has an established audience or risk lower sales by publishing a book in a less popular category?

The 5 Most Popular Non-Fiction Book Topics

One of my mentors once told me that the five most popular self-help book topics are money, success, happiness, relationships, and dieting.

While this makes sense intuitively (most of us aspire to the things that these books promise), I wondered if there was any empirical evidence to support her suggested list. So I decided to do some research to find out what the best selling non-fiction books are today on Amazon.

I looked at ten major non-fiction categories and noted the Amazon Bestsellers Rank for each of the top five books in each one.

For example, in the Biographies & Memoirs category, the top five books had Amazon Best Seller rankings of #3, #6, #7, #16 and #20 (the lower the number, the higher the book’s ranking). The highest ranking non-fiction book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait has an Amazon Best Seller ranking of #3 as of today.

Then I calculated the average ranking for each category to see which Amazon category is the most popular. I did this for both print Books and Kindle eBooks. Here are the results:

The Top 10 Non-Fiction Categories on Amazon in Print Books

This is the top ten list for print book categories (paperbacks and hardcovers) on Amazon.com on November 17, 2017. The number in brackets is the average Amazon ranking of the top five books in each category.

1. Biographies & Memoirs (10)

2. Self-Help (15)

3. Religion & Spirituality (20)

4. Health, Fitness & Dieting (22)

5. Politics & Social Sciences (24)

6. Cook Books, Food & Wine (39)

7. Business & Money (46)

8. Parenting & Relationships (120)

9. Education & Teaching (168)

10. Crafts, Hobbies & Home (212)

It’s easy to see that we are captivated by biographies and memoirs of famous people. On this week’s best seller list are books about Barack Obama, Bobby Kennedy, Leonardo DaVinci and General Ulysses Grant. Does that mean you should publish your memoir? If you’re a famous American politician or historical figure, then yes!

A quick scan of Amazon’s best seller chart for non-fiction books for this week confirms my findings. In the top 20 are five biographies, four self-help books (including the classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People) two from the Spirituality category, two more from Health, Fitness & Dieting, four books on politics, two business books, a cookbook, and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

I chuckled when I noticed that two of the top 20 non-fiction best sellers this week have the word “f*ck” in the title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. Maybe my next book will be called “Write Like You Give a F*ck”. We’ll see.

I was curious to see if the best sellers list was the same for print books and eBooks. It wasn’t.

The Top 10 Non-Fiction Categories on Amazon Kindle (eBooks)

This top ten list is for eBook categories on Amazon.com’s Kindle store on November 17, 2017. The number in brackets is the average Amazon ranking of the top five books in each category.

1. Religion & Spirituality (61)

2. Biographies & Memoirs (96)

3. Business & Money (123)

4. Self-Help (146)

5. Cook Books, Food & Wine (171)

6. Politics & Social Sciences (180)

7. Health, Fitness & Dieting (202)

8. Parenting & Relationships (327)

9. Crafts, Hobbies & Home (1,309)

9. Education & Teaching (1,483)

Print Books vs. eBook Sales

The biggest differences are in Religion & Spirituality (#1 in Kindle vs. #3 in print) and Business & Money (#3 in Kindle vs. #7 in print) while average Self-Help rankings fell from #2 in print to #4 in Kindle.

The other notable difference is the average ranking across the board of the top five books in each category for Kindle compared with the top five print books. Print books rank much higher overall than their eBook counterparts. For example, the top 5 Self-Help titles have an average Amazon Best Seller rank of #15 in print books versus #146 in Kindle eBooks. Why is this?

Most Bestselling eBooks are Fiction

I scratched my head for a moment and then inspiration struck. I took a quick look at the overall Amazon Kindle Best Seller list and it hit me: only six out of the top 100 eBooks on Amazon are non-fiction. The other 94 books are fiction titles. This compares with 36 non-fiction books out of 100 best sellers in print books.

It seems that most of us prefer their non-fiction books in print over the eBook format. A closer look at the eBook list reveals that no less than 25% of the eBook titles are Romance, Women’s Fiction and Teen novels – the kind with ripped, bare-chested hunky men on the cover.

Can we conclude from this that the majority of Kindle eBook sales are to women and teens reading “trashy” romance novels? Not that these aren’t good books…they obviously serve a need for a large number of readers. BTW I do admit to having read 50 Shades of Grey.

Perhaps these readers seem to like the low cost and discreet convenience of reading steamy stories and thrillers on their mobile devices. Whereas readers of biographies and more “serious” books prefer to have the physical book in their hands.

If you’re writing a non-fiction eBook, don’t be discouraged by these statistics – the market is huge for non-fiction eBooks that are well-written and solve specific problems for their readers. At the end of the day, you should write about what’s important to you, not what’s popular.


Geoff Affleck is a 5-time #1 bestselling author and creator and facilitator for the eBook Bestseller Bootcamp for aspiring self-help authors.

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