Who among us can say with any certainty which nation will take a book to heart? Judging by the way my scifi-adventure story “The Seventh Age” was initially received, when I first launched it via a free download weekend in April of this year, I would have placed a bet that of all the different markets, it would have done best here in the UK, judging by the give away numbers – US 869, UK 2257, Germany 23, Spain 3.
Boy was I ever wrong! Instead, it is the United States of America where it has become most popular.
Currently, according to Amazon.com, Seventh sits as follows:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001 Paid in Kindle Store.
#38 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > Adventure.
#54 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure.
Whereas here in the UK, Amazon.co.uk currently places it at: #27,838 in the Paid in Kindle Store section, not even making it into the Top One Hundred unlike the US.
Thanks mostly to the good people of the USA and also India, Seventh has now sold 2646 copies as of today (October 3rd, 2012).
Last month, it sold 947 copies in the US, while only selling 6 here in the UK.
Already this month, the US/Indian market has bought 82 copies, while the UK has bought a paltry 2 by comparison.
One thing is abundantly clear. The book’s overriding theme obviously appeals to the average American far more than that of my countrymen.
Hopefully, when I publish its sequel, “The Forgotten Age” later this year, or more likely in the New Year, it will also do well in the US. Whether or not it will appeal beyond America’s shores, I would not care to predict.