Amazon has this ‘bestsellers rank’ feature which gives authors something else to obsess about. These days, Playa Perdida (in paperback) is hovering around the one million mark–which means there are a million books selling more briskly than this one. A million?
This information puts the competitive part of me in a quandary. On the one hand, there are a million other books in front of Playa; on the other, there’s another million (or three) ‘behind’ this novel, too. Should I be elated, or vexed?
I’d rather bow out of the competition altogether, and fan the collaborative part of me into brighter flame–the part that recognizes that there are millions of us trying to write, pursue a dream, get the word out. That’s a lot of energy aimed in a similar direction: what good/fun/stirring/change might come of this?