Good morning, RU Crew! We have a special treat for you today. Co-founder Adrienne Giordano puts on her Visiting Professor hat and shares an unexpected addiction with RU readers. Please help her break the habit. Leave an encouraging comment below for a chance to win a copy of Adrienne’s September release, A JUST DECEPTION. She also has some awesome hand-crafted bullet jewelry to give away.
My name is Adrienne Giordano and I’m a rankings junkie.
Please don’t judge me.
And, while I’m at it, I would like to confess to Tracey, even though I told her to shoot me if I became addicted to my rankings, that I’ve been sneaking peeks. Yes, I’ve been getting up in the morning and checking those blasted numbers. Then, during the day, I casually just happen to land on my Amazon or Barnes and Noble pages. While I’m there, I figure I might as well check. I’m there anyway, right?
I’m here to warn the RU faithful about this rankings disease. It’s a sickness, folks. And I’ve got it. Yep, the publishing world needs a twelve-step plan for ranking addiction. When that number goes up, I’m downright giddy. When it hit under three thousand for the first time, I was delirious. Then it started to slip and the agony set in. But then it went up again. Oh, the joy!
What’s scary about this is I always thought I’d be the last person to fall victim to it. I, in fact, swore I wouldn’t do this. How many times in my life have I said, “You can’t control, what you can’t control.” My general view of life is to work hard, stay focused, do the best I can and hope it’s enough.
The second scary thing is I’ve learned the ranking can be at one hundred thousand one day and the next it’ll be three thousand. There’s no way to tell or anticipate it. You just have to strap yourself in and go for the ride.
So why, I ask, do I find it so hard to stay away when I know, I know, how whacky that number can be. After all, I’ve done everything I could think of to promote my books. I’ve tweeted, I’ve Facebooked, I have a good website, I’ve blogged, I’ve run ads, I’ve taken all the Harlequin training classes, yet I still find myself checking that ranking. In fact, I’ve been told by friends in publishing that, based on my rankings, my book had a good launch.
And yet, I’m still not satisfied. I’m still checking that ranking. Allowing myself to fall victim to something I have limited control over.
I’m going to make a vow right now to the RU faithful that I will not check my rankings any more than twice per week. That may seem like a lot, but (trust me) compared to what I’ve been doing, it’s a sacrifice.
The other thing I’m going to share with the soon-to-pubbed writers out there is this: your rankings can make you insane. You may be sitting there thinking you’d never allow it, but you might be surprised. The few weeks leading up to a book launch are an amazing mixture of fun, anticipation and nerves. Enjoy those weeks. During that time, I was buoyant. I had confidence in the final product and knew I’d marketed the hell out of the book. Plus, I had some five-star reviews rolling in.
Then the sucker released and immediately went to number one on the Carina Press site. That’s when the pressure hit. Listen, gang, I’m driven. I make no apologies for that. I work hard and I want my books to do well. Getting a taste of that number one slot on the Carina site was a rush. I tweeted like a madwoman. I went into overdrive because I wanted to keep that number one slot awhile. A couple of days into my release week, I lost that coveted slot. “What?” I said. “How can that be? I’ve been working my tail off.”
I immediately jumped over to Amazon to see where my ranking was. And at that moment, I knew I was too far gone. The addiction had already taken hold. It happens that fast. It’s humbling. It’s shocking in a way that is hard for me to admit. I consider it a weakness. A weakness I hadn’t expected and therefore must figure out how to battle.
I will not let this addiction control me though. Right here, right now, things are going to change and the RU readers are going to keep me in line, aren’t you? Of course you are! I’m going to make myself accountable to you. At any time, you can feel free to send me an email inquiring about the amount of times I’ve checked my Amazon ranking. I promise you, it will be no more than twice per week. It might kill me early on, but I know in the long run, I’ll be much happier.
Maybe I’ve been fairly light-hearted in this post about my addiction because let’s face it, it’s not really a disease (or is it?). But the lesson to be learned here is that constantly checking our rankings, in my opinion, is not good for anything. The number moves too much and it really doesn’t tell you anything about how many books you’ve sold. My advice is to not get sucked into it like I’ve done. Prepare yourself ahead of time. I didn’t and now I’m stuck thinking about all the time I’ve wasted checking my rankings.
And for all you soon-to-be-pubbed people, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
RU Crew, do you think you’d fall victim to the rankings disease? Be sure to leave a comment because Adrienne will be picking three random names to win a pair of bullet earrings, a bullet keychain or a copy of A Just Deception.
For added fun, as part of Romantic Suspense Week at Carina Press, Adrienne and two of her Carina author pals, Betsy Horvath and Dee J. Adams, are doing a book giveaway. Here are the deets:
The first reader to collect all the clues in the Carina Press scavenger hunt and PRIVATELY email Adrienne the code will win one copy of Man Law, the first release in the Private Protectors series, as well as Dangerous Race by Dee J. Adams and Hold Me by Betsy Horvath. Please do not post the code in the comments section. We’re trying to make this an entertaining week and giving the code away will spoil the hunt. So, if someone forgets and places the code in the comments section, Adrienne will remove it.
Go forth and find those clues gang. Good luck!
Researcher Franzeca Drouin stops by tomorrow to discuss the various aspects of travel during the Regency era. A great resource for historical writers and for readers who love all-things-Jane Austen!
Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. A Just Deception, book two in the Private Protectors series is available from Carina Press. Risking Trust, book three in the series will be available on November 7, 2011. For more information please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Adrienne’s books available at:
- Adrienne Giordano – Key Factors for Publishing Success
- This just in…Adrienne Sold!
- Weekly Lecture Schedule for September 5-9, 2011
- The Road to an Agent with Adrienne Giordano
- Can I Get A Moment?