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You can verify it two ways - you can go to my website at http://www.AimeeElizabeth.net and go to my "Publicity" page. The first link is my highest best selling ranking to date on Amazon - it's towards the bottom of the page highlighted in orange. As you can see, Amazon breaks down the best sellers by category, which means you are in the top 100 books sold in that category. I have been in Entrepreneurship, Retirement Planning and 3 other categories that I can't remember at the moment (because they only list two categories at a time). So whenever I get a higher ranking, I update my website. However, you can also go directly to Amazon & look up my book. Click on the "Kindle version" (hardly anyone buys dead tree books anymore) and if you scroll down you will see my ranking. Anything in the top 100 in a specific category is considered a best seller. Bear in mind, Amazon updates these rankings HOURLY. So of course I am placing my highest rankings to date on my personal webpage, and Amazon changes theirs hourly, so I don't expect them to match daily -but I have been a best selling author on Amazon since 2/16/2012. As Amazon is the biggest bookseller in the world, I am quite pleased.
If you have a book for sale on Amazon, that is how you check your best selling author status - and once you get the title, it's not something that can be taken away from you ever. So it's pretty cool to have.
Hope this info was helpful to you!
1 year ago on Should I Self-Publish or Get a Book Deal?
Excellent Advice, Jim! I self-published my own book on Amazon & my website, my publication date was 11/11/11, and I have been a best selling author on Amazon since 2/16/12 - not bad for my first book! It was a huge struggle and a ton of work to figure it all out, but you condensed it all nicely above. Thanks for an EXCELLENT article!! Aimee Elizabeth, Best Selling Author of "Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire." http://www.AimeeElizabeth.net
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