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The Power of Lists

I've heard about how authors track their Amazon ranking numbers, and the obsessive clicking that results from these relatively meaningless numbers. It's a way to watch your work succeed (or fail) right there in real time. Somehow, though, I have never cared about those charts myself. All my game books were someone else's to fret over; I wanted them to do well, but I wasn't going to get all OCD about it.

Now I'm a magazine publisher, and my attitude has done a sudden 180. There's my Kobold Quarterly, sitting at #2 on the Paizo best-seller list. Certainly, the Paizo store is a much smaller venue than Amazon. But if sheer staring at the screen could push KQ to #1, it would be there. I have learned the use of the F5 key. I'm a sad, pathetic man.

I have no idea how much of a gap there is between #1 and #2, and it seems poor form to want to bounce a Paizo product (especially one with the word "kobold" in the title!). And yet, I still want that puppy to take the top slot.

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crothian
Jul. 24th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
I'm impressed by what you are doing better then!!
mark_gedak
Jul. 24th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
So you are saying you probably would have been better off if I hadn't mentioned it.
the_monkey_king
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I was bound to notice the rankings at some point. It's a hazard of the profession, I suspect.
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