I’ve decided I’m going to kick it up a notch this year and sell more books… a lot more books. How? First by picking a target. Unbeknownst to Stephenie Meyer, I have decided that she and I are in competition. We both published our first book in 2005; She with her first book in the Twilight series, and me with my first book in the Oz Chronicle series. Her rise to the top has been meteoric, while I have clearly over-stayed my welcome at the bottom. It’s time for me to move up.
Currently, Stephenie has about an 85,000,000 copies head start on me, so I have my work cut out for me. To illustrate just how far I have to go to catchup with her, I made this handy-dandy chart:
What’s that you say? Insurmountable? Not at all. It is very mountable… er, doable. Especially if you buy 85,000,000 copies of my books. Yeah, didn’t think of that, did you?
Seriously, I’m working on slogans for my “beat Stephenie Meyer” campaign that are sure to become part of the American lexicon in 2010. So far, these are my favorites:
- “Every day R.W. Ridley sells fewer books than Stephenie Meyer an orphan cries.”
- “If R.W. Ridley doesn’t sell more books than Stephenie Meyer in 2010, unicorns will go extinct. I’m not kidding.”
- “Have you bought one of R.W. Ridley’s books yet? No? Jerk! Didn’t you hear about the orphans and unicorns?”
Granted, they still need a little work, but I’ll iron out the details later. The important thing to remember is that the fate of orphans and unicorns is in your hands. Do the right thing.
BTW – I know the chart makes it look like I haven’t sold any books, but I have. It’s just tough to register on a chart that tops out at 85,000,000.