A testament to you: fine friends, talented and tenacious bloggers and lovely family, I just received the following notice. (Keep in mind, The Aristobrats was barely on shelves anywhere…so this is ONLY because you called, demanded, had a hissy fit and asked for it by name. YOU ARE MY KINDA PEOPLE!)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Next stop, New York Times.
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 3:00 PM
Subject: Aristobrats makes regional bestseller list
I wanted to share some good news, The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow has made the extended Northern California Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 19th!
This is the author’s home area (she lives in the Bay Area) and is a really good piece of news to help us build momentum with this title.
1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $8.99, 9780439023528
2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023511
3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023498
4. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $17.99, 9781423113386
5. It’s a Book
Lane Smith, Roaring Brook, $12.99, 9781596436060
6. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
7. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future
Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $9.99, 9780545175302
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
9. Zen Ghosts
Jon J Muth, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439634304
10. Bats at the Ballgame
Brian Lies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, 9780547249704
11. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207
12. We Are in a Book!
Mo Willems, Hyperion, $8.99, 9781423133087
Ellen Hopkins, Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99, 9781416950097
14. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
15. Ivy and Bean
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $5.99, 9780811849098
16. Children Make Terrible Pets
Peter Brown, Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316015486
17. Dick and Jane and Vampires
Laura Marchesani, Tommy Hunt (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap, $9.99, 9780448455686
18. The Name of This Book Is Secret
Pseudonymous Bosch, Gilbert Ford (Illus.), Little Brown, $5.99, 9780316113694
19. A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illus.), Random House, $12.99, 9780375856525
20. The Cloud Searchers
Kazu Kibuishi, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545208857
21. The Aristobrats
Jennifer Solow, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $7.99, 9781402242588
22. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)
Rick Riordan, Miramax, $7.99, 9781423103349
23. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99, 9780142501122
24. The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)
Eoin Colfer, Hyperion, $17.99, 9781423128199
25. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $17.99, 9781423101475
It’s an OMGasp moment and a testament to what bloggers can do because not a single newspaper or magazine (even Publisher’s Weekly) gave a peep about it.
All I can say is – if you can get your hands on a copy, let me know. I couldn’t even get one! I might have to start bidding on Ebay.
And warm up those printing presses!
Check out Lizzy Burns lovely review!
“A perfect middle school read: fun and breezy with depth…Each Aristobrat is true to herself and they respect their differences. I look forward to more books in the series.”
A small painting by Shari Elf sits above my desk and shines down on me everyday. Some days I take its message literally. And on those days I wear lots of feathers and something sparkly and see-thru. But on most days, I take it metaphorically. What would Cher do?
On this night, about 30-ish hours from the launch of my new book, I look up and wonder. What if I fail? What if no one likes me? What if I can’t sing as well as I thought I could? What if both sides really were against me since the day I was born? And I think, so what?
I’ll just keep putting myself out there. Be me as best I can.
Wear as many sparkly things as I can muster.