My Opinion Monday – 09-07/2015 Bestseller List

My Opinion Monday – Superstar Status or making the Bestsellers Lists

  So I’ve been asked recently about making the bestseller’s lists. And like every writer out there I have some strong opinions about it. Now don’t get me wrong, like ever writer I want to make the bestsellers lists and if a writer or author tells you different they are lying to you. It’s human nature to want to be the best. We would never have climbed out of the swamps if we hadn’t wanted to better ourselves.

  So yes I want to make the bestsellers list, I want to be able to put on the covers of my novels that I am a bestseller. But more than that when I sit down in front of my computer and it’s just me and my words, me and my imagination, me and the characters I write? I want to touch people, I want to know that in some way my writing is making a difference. Because authors have done that for me, books have touched me in a way that make me a better author. Books have opened my imagination, built a fire in my imaginary world to such extremes I can do nothing but write.

  But back to the bestsellers list. There are several lists: The New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 100, Barnes and Noble Top 100, Publishers Weekly Bestseller, NPR, even the Wall Street Journal has a bestseller list. These are all nationally polled lists and the majority if not all the authors on these lists are published via large publishing companies. I am a humble indie-published writer, does that mean I will never be a bestseller? Hell no! I am working my butt off writing my stories. Publishing my books, not to become a bestseller specifically but to get my stories told. Being a bestseller would be a wonderful, spectacular, life affirming perk. But that’s all it would be a perk. It won’t change how I write or why I write.

  Better than a bestseller? Fans telling me how much they love my books, fans telling me my books helped them, fans telling me that reading my books motivated them to write their own books. Now that would be awesome!

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My Bestselling bottle of Champagne…

A while ago I bought a bottle of champagne and put it up on the wall. If you walk into my house you would walk past it and not think anything of it. It looks like any other bottle of champagne in a wall hanging. But to me it’s different.
It’s my bottle… my special ‘bestseller’ bottle of champagne when I hit the ‘list’ the unheard of list. The almost unspoken of ‘list. The almost ‘list that should not be named’ list. But I am telling you know, it’s that list the bestseller list. When I hit that list, this special bottle is coming off the wall and I am breaking that bitch open. It’s my bottle, and I can’t wait to do it, I walk by that bottle every day and when I see I have a secret smile because I know. It’s my secret bestseller bottle, and one day, one day… It doesn’t have to be soon (please let it be in the next five years).
That bottle has my name on it, and I will break it open and drink it. Okay not the whole thing myself, I’ll share it with my loved ones (maybe).

Do all authors have something like this? Do you have some secret thing you will do when you reach a milestone in your writing career? Let me know what it is? 

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