Now...on to ranking~
When we played on the playground in elementary, getting ranked on was a battle of words.
"You're a cheese head!"
"You're feet so big they flop like Bozo the Clown when you run!"
"You're breath's so bad..."
You get the gist. Back then, the winner was the one who didn't cry. I tried not to play too often. Even though I was kind of tough from some bullying I took for being a certifiable nerd due to my love of books and my glasses, I was kind of sensitive, especially when the ranking slipped into "Yo Mama" jokes.
Yeah, them was fightin' words for me.
As an author, ranking matters again. This time, the playground is Amazon. Get the right rank in the right category at the right time when Venus and the moon align and you just might get to pull the lever to a door that opens the secret to life, or at least something like it. Okay, maybe not quite that crazy, but that's how it can feel.
Like my sales, I try not to obsess myself with the rank numbers, though the temptation is strong. I want to know if people really think my story is worth three or four dollars to purchase my book for themselves or for someone else.
I don't want to feel that my ranking - low, low, low or high, high, high - equates to how good or bad my story is.
What are your thoughts on ranking? What weight do you give to them? And did you ever rank on anyone when you were a kid?