Our position on the totem pole is measured each month when Amazon, B&N, and Apple send the wire transfers. We know exactly where we are, and we know exactly how far we can drop. Many authors do consider where they are and applaud every month. They can drop a great distance because they have passed very high bars and are aiming higher."And before someone starts in with the old trite chestnuts about NY publishers not marketing their authors and about giving up rights and all the other tired, half-true talking points, consider where you are. Let's face it, you can't drop any farther down on the totem pole. Maybe it's time to set the bar a little higher."