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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

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Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Do Select borrows help rank?
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:02:07 AM »
Just that. Do Select borrows help sales rank?
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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 07:02:56 AM »
Definitely. I'm not sure if it's a 1:1 correspondence, but it looks like it to me.

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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2014, 07:08:26 AM »
That's so cool. I had my first book in Select when the program first started and I reaped the early benefits when I did a free promo with it. Boy, did I reap!  :P But I only had the one book out and it lost momentum. After that, I waited until I had more books out before doing a big promo, so I stayed out of Select. However, after getting all my 1099s in, I realized the other channels just aren't doing anything for me. I figured borrows would bring in more revenue, so I put books 2 & 3 in yesterday and got 5 borrows already. (I know that's chicken feed for some, but I'm tickled to death.) What's the range for the borrow rates these days? I haven't paid attention to that either in a long time.
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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2014, 07:10:11 AM »
Off the top of my head (being too lazy to go look) I think the low was about $1.80 and the high around $2.30 over the last four or five months.

The best, of course, is when you get a borrow on a .99 title... essentially making a 200% commission on the transaction.

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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2014, 07:14:31 AM »
Thanks, Shawn! Very helpful. And it's still better than what I'd been making in the other distribution channels. I know many people have good success--sometimes even better--on Nook/Kobo/etc,--but after three years, I'm still not.
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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2014, 12:48:48 PM »
You're welcome, Donna.

I've had most of my titles perpetually in Select from the beginning. I'll never know how I might have done on these other platforms, of course, but I've had almost 2,000 borrows in that time period and that takes some of the sting out of it.

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