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Amazon books--I learn something all the time!

I never thought to look at the ranking or popularity of books, including my own! (I know, I'm a tad slow, sometimes.)

Katherine Tyrrell mentioned the rankings of James Gurney's new book, Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist (#1 in several categories, and congratulations, James!) on her terrific Making a Mark blog. (It's full of useful links and interesting ideas--if you haven't been there, check it out and bookmark it!)

Soooo....I got curious. I know my Painting Watercolor that you see above has been a good seller--years after publication, it continues to bring in a decent income.

I checked it out, and even after 14+ years, according to Amazon's figures it's
#5 in Books > Arts & Photography > Instructional & How-To > Watercolor Painting
#5 in Books > Arts & Photography > Painting > Watercolor
#6 in Books > Arts & Photography > Painting > Instructional

To say I'm delighted would be an understatement, yep!

My The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature, the second edition of which was published in '97, is #18th in its field, which isn't too shabby either, considering all the great drawing books that are out there! 

(You can click on the links of either of these to get to the Amazon page that allows you to look inside the books, if you like.  And of course, both are available through my Amazon store--I even get a small commission if you buy there there!  Here is the link: http://astore.amazon.com/httpcathyjohi-20 and of course I'd be delighted if you bookmarked that, as well!)
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Terrific! That's what I try to do, Annie!
cool! i love hangin' out with the popular kids. keeps me from having to accomplish anything on my own!
Hon, if I did what YOU do, I wouldn't have the energy to plug in the coffeepot!

Should be #1

Your books are all #1 to me! Your Sierra Club Painting in Nature is one of my all time favorites.

Re: Should be #1

Thank you, Jana! That book was a joy to do. I really miss my beloved editor there--he retired recently, and well deserved too!


Wow - that's something to be proud of. It's well deserved, if the books of yours that I own are any indication.
Thank you, Casey! Glad you like them!
Glad to be of assistance Kate! I always look at the rankings - I find them very informative for a number of reasons.

My view is that books which have maintained a good placement over time are that rare thing - the steady seller!

I'm also inclined to think that taking a look at placements 12 months after a book has been published (ie after the initial marketing and the 1st Christmas etc) to get a good sense of whether or not it's going to stay in print.........
That's a good idea, Katherine...not sure what to expect of some of them. My Creating in Nature was selling quite well, and I thought its ranking was pretty respectable, as new as it was. North Light still made the decision not to go back for a second printing. I understand they're being very watchful of storage costs...siiiigh.

And yes, considering those books are both over 10 years old, I'm just delighted with their ranking!