Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Last week, I had the distinction of holding a special ranking on Amazon.com. My book, Backroads & Byways of Arizona, listed at #70 on the Bestseller List for Arizona books. It was a thrill, and I posted about it. It's why I wrote that blog post last week about celebrating even your small successes.
Because what happened next? My #70 quickly declined...to #75.
Yes, it was a short-lived success, but a success nonetheless.
The bigger one, the one where I actually ranked #1 on the day my book came out was also short-lived. I didn't even get a screenshot of that. I didn't know how to do that then. But it's a memory I'll have forever. My book ranked #1 on Amazon.com--for Arizona books. It doesn't matter if anyone believes me or not. I saw it. I experienced it. And I celebrated it. And I can still claim I am a bestselling author, even if it's only a regional thing. It happened, and that's pretty cool.
And you can bet I lived in that moment.
I've since come to realize that being a bestseller isn't about being a number on a list. It's about having a certain state of mind. And for an author, really, it's that very first book you sell and sign to a stranger that really matters. After that, I just think everything else is gravy.
Would you care to share one of your bestselling moments?
Posted by Jackie Dishner at 1:20 PM