OK, I realize these things are ephemeral. I realize that in a very small niche, it doesn’t take many sales to rank on Amazon’s sales charts. (Trust me, it’s not very many sales; although I have to say, it’s more than I expected given zero effort at promotion.) But…
At this moment, 1 a.m. on 3/19/2012, this is the sales ranking for Ulterior Motive Lounge (emphasis added):
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
That’s better than the Kindle edition of UML Distilled, the book I first learned UML from. (Appropriately enough, though, the paper version of UML Distilled ranks #2.) That’s higher than Scott Ambler’s Object Primer, another book I heartily recommend. That’s higher than UML 2.0 in a Nutshell and UML 2 for Dummies, two popular series that generally rank high. That’s higher than the Three Amigos’ Guide and Ambler’s Elements of UML Style. In other words, that’s higher than almost all of the UML books on my shelves full of UML books.
Now to be fair, all of those great books have been out for longer, years in most cases. They’ve already had their big sales, and now they’re in their long tail. And to reiterate, my monthly sales can be counted on one hand right now. So this isn’t big sales by any means.
But still, as irrational as it is, I can’t help celebrating just a little bit inside: #10!