What an Amazing August!
I started off August with a phone call to my agent, Marisa Corvisiero. That was one of the most amazing moments in my writing career. But something else was happening that day and week... I was climbing the ranks of Publishers Marketplace’s Top 20 Writers. The day I spoke with her I was in 19th place. By the end of that week, I had jumped to 14th and then 7th. Holy smokes, I breached the top 10. :)
Below are some screenshots. Feel free to click them. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. :)
This is not the first time I've been on the list. It normally occurs around the time of a book release or other news. This time, although REALLY glad, I was a little confused with how or why it was happening. The highest I'd ever reached before was 6th place. I was sure I was not going to top that record.
Here is my profile:
So for a week I bounced around. Then the next week, August 11-17, I checked, and I was still on the list. What? Wow! I started off the week in 7th place and dropped and then moved back up again. I was super excited and so was my agent.
When August 18th came, I randomly checked the top 20 list, fully expecting I was no longer there. And guess what. I was 4th place, then 2nd, then I hit 1st place!
All in one day, I shot to the top and help first place. I could not believe it. What an honor. My agent was thrilled. My wife was excited. My parents were shocked. During the week of August 18-24, I was in 1st place three days. Top 5 all week. I managed to knock people who have been in that top placed for months down. I’m sorry. But I did.
|Screenshots on my phone are more clear. But don't show the whole web page.|
I was pumped. Still am. How pumped?
Play my theme music!
Wait, what is my theme music? Is it something like Hulk Hogan's theme music? Always! But not in this case. :) Maybe the Duck Tales Cartoon Theme? Sometimes. Sure. I mean LIFE is like a Hurricane. No denying that. :)
But right now? Right now, I think it might be this, Knights of Badassdom - Your Heart Sucks My Soul. Or maybe just this... since this is always in my head, Streets of Rage 2 SOR Super mix. (What? Don't judge. I am a lifelong gamer.) :)
|8/23/2014 and still #1. Honored.|
So anyway, three straight weeks passed with me in the top 20. Which is simply amazing, considering the other people in that top 20 are HUGE stars, best-sellers, and people in the media.
I have to admit, when August 25th hit and I check the list… yeah, I kinda expected to be there and my name was gone. LOL.
Most of this last week of August, I have been off the list, but I did return today: 13th place. Take a look. Maybe I'm up or down a few spots.
So what does it really mean to be on this top 20 list? Well, it means people in the industry are searching my name on the site and viewing my profile. (seen here.) It means people are interested and THAT makes me very happy.
So if you're reading this and have looked up or viewed my profile in the last couple weeks, I appreciate the support and thank you. As you know, my agent is preparing to pitch one of my books to some publishers... so getting all this attention on a well-known and popular industry website is very helpful.
Write Makes Might!
Kevin James Breaux