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Midnight Debuts on the Wall Street Journal

on 28 March 2011. Posted in 2011

Well, usually I’m the last to know anything about anything, even when I’m not frenetically busy.  I’m not sure why . . . I think perhaps I’m on some separate loop from most of the rest of the world.  But this time I have news that my younger readers may not even appreciate as much as they should.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  I’ll tell it like it was.  I was busy writing Strange Fate Sunday night when I happened casually to check my messages and I saw that much earlier my agent had sent me a message with the subject “Wall Street Journal.”  I was immediately intrigued.  I opened it and saw:

"You probably know this already, but MIDNIGHT made its debut at #5 on the WSJ hardcover fiction list, right behind adult bestsellers James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, and mid-grade phenom, Jeff Kinney (whose new Wimpy Kid movie opened on Friday)."

That means that Midnight (I always feel embarrassed about using the proper way of rendering my own book titles: in all caps) is selling up there with books for grown-ups in a list that covered all hardback fiction books that are out right now in the USA!   And you know who made that happen? 

You did!

By buying Midnight in such great quantities, you made Midnight not just a YA/children’s book bestseller on the New York Times, but a bestseller that competes with adult books and books whose movies have just opened!  And the Vampire Diaries TV show is only showing reruns!

Thank you!  Thank you! I’m so very grateful to each and every one of you who chose to buy Midnight, which I wrote without knowing it would be the last Vampire Diaries novel I’d be allowed to write.

My agent also congratulated me, but I think the congratulations go to you.  You could have closed your hearts and not bought the book, but you opened your hearts and bought it.  And that put it in that place on the Wall Street Journal—and that made me one very happy writer!  I had to spend some time in my exercise room after reading the message, because I couldn’t stay on my chair and I couldn’t call all my family and friends at . . . guess when I got the message my agent had sent so much earlier?

Midnight, of course!


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