I just spent five days on the road in New England, dropping into bookstores and appearing at events at some fabulous independents including Books Etc. in Falmouth, Jabberwocky in Newburyport, and Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.Â Now I’m home just long enough to do some laundry and re-pack for the next leg of the tour.
But I had to post here the amazing news I got on Wednesday night.Â If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you know the significance of Wednesday night.Â That’s when my agent called to tell me that THE MEPHISTO CLUB is debuting on the New York Times bestseller list at … number three!Â
This is my highest landing ever, andÂ I didn’t anticipate it.Â Because — I’ll be honest here — theÂ sales figures I saw during that first weekÂ on sale didn’t scream “top-five bestseller.”Â Â There’s a lesson to be learned here.Â It’s not justÂ your raw sales.Â It’s your sales relative to everyone else’s sales, and during that first week, it appears that overall salesÂ suffered a bit from a drop in bookstore traffic.Â Maybe the weather was too nice.Â Maybe it’s just a normal post-Labor Day slump.Â But it wasn’t a great week for selling books.
Whatever the explanation for my great news,Â I’ll happily take “Number three bestseller”!
Again, I’ll be off and running for the next week, so probably won’t be able to blog or answer email.Â But I’ll try!