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Peter Rost Weekly Book Sales Update, Week 3

Posted Oct 28 2008 9:56pm
Overall sales for Peter Rost’s novel Killer Drug declined in its third week. Overall sales have dipped to 449,296 (down from 169,515 on August 17, 2007). Killer Drug is still hanging in the top half-million books sold by Amazon.com. The sales trend is depicted in the picture below. The book is no longer ranked on the Legal Thrillers micro-genre list of top 100 books.

An anonymous poster has requested more information on my methodology for tracking Killer Drug’s sales. It’s easy – every morning, shortly after I settle into my big chair with my large cup of coffee, I pull up the Killer Drug product listing on Amazon.com and then note the sales ranking in an Excel file. I use the raw data to populate a graph showing the trend.

Additionally, going forward, I will also be tracking sales of Petey’s first book: The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman. Current sales ranking is 48,844.

You can learn more about Peter Rost’s publisher at Soft Skull Press. Soft Skull Press is a small, independent publisher in Brooklyn, NY. The average print run for a book is about 4,000 copies. Soft Skull specializes in “out-of-the-mainstream” books (such as gay/lesbian erotica) like this one: “Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex.” The description from the website: “One girl cruises the litter-strewn docks of Long Beach disguised as a f@@ while another begs to feel her lover's butter-slick c**k slip inside her a$$. Feeling clumsily sexy in her date's presence, like ‘some kind of frankenwhore,’ another woman is tied to a child's desk and made to read from Revelations while allowing torn bits of toast to be placed on her tongue.” Quality literature!



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