Is this seat taken?

Being an author is competitive. There are lists and ratings and rankings. If you want to put a score on how well your career is going, there are more than enough numbers for you suffocate yourself with.

For some people, numbers are fantastic. Numbers help them set goals and show growth; there’s value in what you can measure.

For others, including me, they’re dangerous. Having access to that kind of data gives oxygen to the little seedling of an idea in my brain that I’m competing with others.

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