Barely able to take a breath…

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.  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.  If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you know the significance of Wednesday night.  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! 

This is my highest landing ever, and I didn’t anticipate it.  Because — I’ll be honest here — the sales figures I saw during that first week on sale didn’t scream “top-five bestseller.”  There’s a lesson to be learned here.  It’s not just your raw sales.  It’s your sales relative to everyone else’s sales, and during that first week, it appears that overall sales suffered a bit from a drop in bookstore traffic.  Maybe the weather was too nice.  Maybe it’s just a normal post-Labor Day slump.  But it wasn’t a great week for selling books.

Whatever the explanation for my great news, 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.  But I’ll try!

41 replies
  1. Craig
    Craig says:

    Well, I can’t speak for New England but here in Oklahoma it’s football season and my bookstore is deserted during the OU and OSU games. Also our state fair is winding down. Around here that might be contributing factors to a drop in bookstore sales.

  2. Eva
    Eva says:

    Hey Tess,
    Great news. Doesn’t get much more prestigious than the NY Times, eh? Hope you get to no.1
    It really is a great book.
    Btw, thanks for taking the time to answer my
    e-mail. There are not to many writers who are so kind to their fans!
    Take care.

  3. aut
    aut says:

    tess!! i just finished THE MEPHISTI CLUB, and it caught me breathless. it was a twist after a twist and yet another twist! how did you do that? its really great! (: you deserve it!

  4. Angi
    Angi says:

    Huge Congrats Tess on debuting at #3! That is a huge accomplishment! And one that is well deserved! I have to tell you, when I read The Surgeon, I could not stand Jane Rizzoli but she has really grown on me! I love the fact that she is so sassy…even bossy! Who knows maybe Angela will pick up some of that for herself!
    Thanks for the email…I appreciate your time!

  5. struggler
    struggler says:

    Only No.3? You debuted at No.1 in my estimation – I have never read six books by the same author back-to-back, but that’s what you made me do (with pleasure).

    Btw, no offence intended, but the words ‘prestige’ and ‘Stasio’ don’t normally go in the same sentence. What she said about you is still niggling me.

    Huge congratulations Tess!

  6. Thuy
    Thuy says:

    That’s awesome and congrats! I buy most of my favorite authors books at Costco but have yet to see one of your books there until now. Found the Mephisto Club there and was so excited to see that they are carrying your books. Also saw the paperback of Vanish and I like that new cover very much, looks better in person.

  7. zaedok
    zaedok says:

    Well bad timing on my part. You were just in Newburyport, and I am going to be in that area a week from now. Still hoping to meet you some day. Nevertheless, well done on getting to #3. Even if sales were lackluster, the important fact is that people who were buying, were buying your book.

  8. thornex
    thornex says:

    Hey Tess,

    I am extremely glad that you HIT number 3! WELL DONE, you are such a good author and this is what you get for being one of the best ladies that sits on my bookshelf!

    Regards, Thorne G.

  9. JanetK
    JanetK says:

    Just picked up MEPHISTO CLUB at my local indie bookseller last night. I had to order it, but when I stopped at the store, they said, “Oh, that’s on the new NYT list.”

    Bet they’ve ordered a stack of copies already 🙂

    Congratulations!

  10. mainekitten
    mainekitten says:

    I checked last Saturday on line and saw The Mephisto Club was #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list and #8 on Publisher’s Weekly, but I hadn’t seen any numbers yet for the NYT – so this is awesome news!! Congratulations!! You must be walking on air … 😀

    Just finished The Mephisto Club last week -lots of unexpected twists and turns – it’s a super book – I loved it and you sure kept me guessing right up to the end.

    Enjoy the book tour and travel safe!

  11. Vanessa F
    Vanessa F says:

    Con gratulations! Although I can’t imagine why your sales were low! I’ve been waiting for this book since August when I saw it listed on Amazon.com as “coming in September.” I bought it the day after it was released and finished it last night. It was absolutely fantastic.

  12. Jacque1in
    Jacque1in says:

    The Mephisto Club is the first book of yours that I’ve read OR bought, and it was so good that I’m now working my way through the rest of the series to get caught up at the rate of one book every two days or so. Not only am I hooked on the books because of the twists, suspense and great character development, I’m trying to spread my new addiction to anyone I know who likes suspense, including my boss and a sister half a country away from me. Your books are truly great reads.

  13. Cade13
    Cade13 says:

    Hey Tess,

    Was really cool meeting you at the book signing at Borders in South Portland, just finished the Mephisto Club, amazing work as usual, I have to say I really wouldn’t mind seeing another “Mephisto”/”Watchers” related plotline someday in the future if it’s something that you want to keep alive like you did with the Jane and Maura characters/scenarios, I have to admit that out of all your books, this is the one that really kinda freaked me out.

    I think the book definitely introduced some really interesting new characters, particularly the enigmatic Mr. S and all of his influence, as well as Lily. Not sure if it was my favorite book of yours, but it was another amazing story and it’s up there, that’s for sure. Thanks to your books, I’ve basically gotten into reading as a full time hobby now.

    On an unrelated note, when you’re back from the tour, I might email you regarding some strange events that have happened to me personally regarding the supernatural/demonology in my lifetime since I know you like to hear stuff like that.

    – Jason

  14. ebenezerearl
    ebenezerearl says:

    Congratulations on your #3 listing. I wasn’t really that surprised either. You’ve worked very hard at building your “brand name” and it is paying off. And thank god, the title was changed from Copy Cat to The Mephisto Club. If I remember correctly, there were doubts about the new title. Hard to believe since the title The Mephisto Club has a lot more going for it IMHO. But I must admit I was a bit surprised at your choice of the Binghamton, NY area for one of the murders. I was brought up there so it seemed a bit more chilling for me.

  15. Rachael from NJ
    Rachael from NJ says:

    If there’s any way for you to look back at previous comments, you will see that I predicted that Mephisto Club will be on the NY Times list! Congrats!!

  16. Rachael from NJ
    Rachael from NJ says:

    I found my comment. Here it is.

    Rachael from NJ Says:
    August 27th, 2006 @ 7:53 pm |
    Tess you are a DAMN GOOD WRITER!!! I love everyone of your books and I am excited and counting the days until I can get my hands on The Mephisto Club! If you beleive you will succeed, you will. I know you will make the NY Times Bestsellers List with this book. I got that feeling!

  17. Terry
    Terry says:

    Hi Tess and everyone.

    This is my first post.
    First, Congratulations. Well deserved.
    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks. I started reading your books because your blog was so interesting.
    So far I have read Harvest,and Life Support and am about halfway through Bloodstream.
    I bought all of the other paperbacks so I won’t have to waste time looking for them.
    So, thanks for all of the great reading.

  18. Elaine Flinn
    Elaine Flinn says:

    Can the #1 spot be far behind? I’ve always been a fan of yours, Tess – but I have to say – MEHPHISTO was the most chilling – and I loved it.

    Uh, I’m still trying to figure out what was so ‘lurid’ about it. 🙂

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