Arbitrary Numbers…

Authors tend to put a lot of emphasis on numbers, and I’m no different. I see milestones where none actually exist.

My first novel, The Golden City, is slowly creeping up to its 1000th rating on Goodreads.

The 1000 number is arbitrary, but the interesting thing about it is that there are lists on GR that specify ‘at least 1000 ratings’ for books to be included. Not that getting on these lists is a major life goal for me…but instead, it’s nice to know I’m eligible.

(There’s varying schools of logic out there for how many people will rate a book. I’ve seen people claim anywhere from 1-10% of books sold are rated, but according to the numbers from my publisher, my last two books are closer to 20-25%, so I have no idea how to judge the relationship between how many ratings I have and how many books were actually sold.)

It’s not a big deal, but you can bet your buttons I’ll be checking GR every day until I cross that threshold ;o)

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