Amazon Publishing get a grip on Kindle sales chart with pre-release promos

Amazon Publishing is continuing to lock in its own pre-release titles at the top of the Kindle best sellers. This week, Amazon imprints take three of the top five spots and four of the top ten.

I recently reported on Amazon Publishing using its promotion power to push its pre-orders to the top of the Kindle sales league.

In top place this week is Moving Day, a thriller by Jonathan Stone, to be published by Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer on June 1, and in second place is Dragon’s Triangle by Christine Kling, also from Thomas & Mercer for June 1 release.

Stone is making a writing comeback of sorts as he had several thrillers published by Macmillian’s Minotaur Books in the late 1990s into the early 2000s.

Kling, who lives on board her sailboat, has self-published her maritime thrillers before signing a deal with Thomas & Mercer.

Fifth place is taken by From The Moment We Met by Marina Adair, to be published by AP’s Montlake Romance on June 1.

There is a trend for some authors to have a range of deals with different publishers and also to self-publish rather than have all their books with one publisher.

Adair has previously published books with eKensington, which launched in 2012 with royalty rates of 30% for sales from 0-10,000 and 50% for sales above 10,000. She also has a new paperback, Sugar’s Twice As Sweet, coming out in the autumn with Hachette’s Forever.

Another pre-release from an AP imprint takes tenth place, with Chasing The Sun, a debut novel by Natalia Sylvester, published by Lake Union on June 1.

There are five self-published books in the Kindle top 20 this week, with the highest-placed being Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan at number three.

Amazon Publishing using promotion power to push pre-release titles into best sellers