Overcast - warm - temps 85
Now in Atlanta....wonderful event last night at FoxTale books. This is just part of the crowd....so fun to see you all there!
Got the most amazing news last night!!!
Andy martin, the publisher of Minotaur books called. He had Hope Dellon my editor, and Sarah Melnyk, the publicity manager at Minotaur in the office with him.
My flight from Houston had just arrived....and I was in the car with Gail, who was driving me in Atlanta...and Andy told me...
'You made it to number 2!'.
I thought I'd mis-heard. I knew the New York times bestseller list was being sent - way before hand - to the publishers yesterday....so I was on pins and needles. Gnawing my nails. Literally.
Last year we were all stunned that A TRICK OF THE LIGHT made it to number 4 on the list. Blew us away. I was beyond thrilled.
But I have to say - the competition this year was and is even more fierce. We were all prepared to perhaps not make the top 10. So when Andy called and said...
It's number 2 - well....I screamed.. Poor Gail must have thought she was trapped in her car with a mad woman. And I was - insane with joy. Wow. Now, I have to say, this is the list that will appear the week of Sept 16th...so - not this weekend, but next.
And I know this is because of you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! you've filled my heart with such happiness. Thank you for buying the books, and for telling so many others about it!!!
this is definitely a team effort....Minotaur books and the amazing people there, and the really remarkable work, from the editing of Hope Dellon, to Andy's leadership and marketing, to the social media campaign of Jeanne-marie, Paul, Lauren - to David's amazing cover design....and Sarah, the wonderful Sarah Melnyk - who headed up the publicity and organized the tour, with Melissa's help.
And, of course - My Assistant Lise. Thank you so much, Lise!!!
And Michael - dear one.
But finally, it comes down to you. We could do all sorts of great work, but if you didn't support the Gamache books, and keep him alive by spreading the word....well, not only would the series not exist - but this glorious day would not have happened.
Now - off to New York City - and then driving to Madison, Connecticut for an event tonight at RJ Julia. and more celebrating!
What a time!