Number of Amazon reviews received over two novels: 13 (erp)
Number of top *****Amazon reviews by author friends (unsolicited, they know how much it means): 4
Number of top *****Amazon reviews by mates (unsolicited): 3
Number of top *****Amazon reviews by mates (shamelessly solicited): 3
Number of top *****Amazon reviews by complete strangers: 2
Number of bottom bummer * (Heading: "I'm sorry I wasted my money on this book") Amazon reviews by complete strangers (?) (utter bitch cow): 1
Number of top ***** Amazon reviews typed by self: 2
OK: The first was a review posted by friend (solicited) but she posted to the US site Amazon.com instead of Amazon.co.uk, I couldn't let these ego-boosting lines stay hidden so I copied it out on the UK site. The second was a friend who wrote a review but couldn't work out how to post it on the site, so I kindly did it for her.
Number of times I check my Amazon rating: Once a day. (Part of logging onto computer morning ritual, along with e-mail, www.bbc.co.uk/celebdaq.co.uk (currently 851 highest score yet); www.writersalmanac.publicradio.org; www.chicklitworkinprogress.blogspot.com
& 1 game of freecell (sign that writing going well at moment).
Number of times I Google myself and my books: Once a week (very surprising activity. Have just discovered secondhand books on e-bay, a new supplier of narcissistic overload. Recently uncovered a lovely review by an Aussie trying to flog novel. It had had two bids and reached 3 Australian dollars.
Number of times I inspect www.bookcrossing.com: Once a fortnight. (Disappointing activity, despite having 'freed' one of my own books. It was picked up by a librarian who liked the game but was put off by the primary colours of the OTT commercial cover.)
Number of times I check my mates' books out on Amazon: Once a week.
Number of times I check my rivals' books out on Amazon: Once a month. (Relative: at time of publication this rises to 5 - 15 times a day in tandem with own hysterical ratings obsession.).
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