When writing stories or hammering out novels, it is natural for writers to ask themselves “Am I as good a wordsmith as <author x>?” The futility and self-absorption inherent in this type of inquiry is pretty sad/funny to me. This may come as something of a surprise to the uninitiated, but many writers (and dogs) suffer from low self esteem.
Amazon, ever ready to cater to the whims and data addictions of the publishing industry, has come out with a handy tool that allows authors to compare their author rank to the market at large. While this is useful for sales and marketing purposes, I would encourage writers not to take it personally. If you are just starting on your self-publishing journey, Amazon’s Author rank can be a cold look in the mirror. Chances are your rank will start pretty high (that’s bad) and it will get worse over time as more authors jockey to sell their wares.
You’ll need to know the workings of this do-hickey if you plan to do your own marketing and publishing, otherwise pay it no mind. Remember that the most relevant comparison you can make with your work is to more of your work. If you are writing better now than you were in the past, consider yourself successful. No graph will provide you with that satisfaction, ever.
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