I admit it. I regularly check the sales rank of my book, Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales, on Amazon.Com. It’s like buying a lottery ticket. I know the odds against making the bestseller list are colossal, but it feeds my dreams.
During the winter months when Yellowstone Park was buried under 20-foot snowdrifts, my sales rank bounced around between a hundred thousand and a million. I know that doesn’t sound impressive, but you should recall that there are about six million titles available on Amazon so that’s well within the top twenty percent.
Over the past few weeks, snow began melting, the Park officially opened for the 2011 season, and the sales rank for Adventures regularly topped one hundred thousand, or, as I like to think of it, the top five percent. Then, for at least a few minutes this afternoon—TA DAH—my book ranked in at thirty-five thousand, well inside the top one percent.
There are two kinds of people who should read Adventures in Yellowstone this summer. First are those who plan a Yellowstone Park vacation. Nothing enhances the Yellowstone experience like a little knowledge. You’ll feel smart when you cross Dunraven Pass knowing that it was named for an Irish nobleman who visited Yellowstone twice in the 1870s.
When somebody asks, “Who was that guy who was lost for a month in the park,” you’ll be able to answer, “That was Truman Everts; he survived for thirty-seven days by eating thistle roots.”
When you pass by Nez Perce Creek and people say, “I thought Indians were afraid to come here because of the geysers,” you can tell them, “Oh no, early travelers did indeed tangle with Indians here; in fact,the Nez Perce held a women named Emma Cowan captive for two days in 1877.”
The other kind of people you should read Adventures are those who aren’t planning a Yellowstone vacation. That’s because everybody likes an exciting adventure story like Henry “Bird” Calfee’s tale about saving his friend who fell into a geyser, or Carrie Strahorn’s rush to safety after being caught in a snowstorm. And everybody likes a funny story like the one Eleanor Corthell told about when she left her husband at home, bought a horse and wagon, and took their seven children to the park.
So if you’re planning a vacation in Yellowstone Park this summer (or know someone who is), then you should buy a copy of Adventures in Yellowstone. And if you’re just looking for summer reading filled with adventure and fun, then you too should buy a copy.
And remember, it’s also available for Kindle.
Ask for it from your favorite bookseller. Or order it on-line.
And tell your friends.