Thursday, October 8, 2009

Books, Bonbons and Bestseller Lists

Last night, I had the pleasure of visiting the Grayslake Public Library and doing a little program on my journey toward publication for the patrons. It was SUCH a nice evening, largely due to the wonderful friends who showed up to support me, the library staff's incredible sense of organization and the tremendous spread of treats brought in by both the librarians AND my friends! OMG the chocolate!! Plus, it was really wonderful to have a chance to meet some new readers and aspiring writers. Here's wishing all of them the best as they work toward this dream... Quite a wild adventure it can be!

Today, the online magazine Single Minded Women featured an excerpt from According to Jane on their "Books and Bonbons" page! It was delightful to come across that online :).

Finally, I've been getting emails from friends about this all week and have been obsessively keeping an eye on it myself...but the Kindle version of According to Jane has been popping up on some Amazon lists lately. It's shown up with different rankings between #2 and #97 just today, depending on the category, but the fact that it's been in the Top 100 at all has been pretty exciting! So fascinating to watch it slide around...

It's updated hourly, so I don't expect it'll stay in this position indefinitely (although I wouldn't complain!), but at this moment, my debut novel is at #2 on the contemporary/romance list, far lower on the regular bestseller list (I just can't catch that Dan Brown!) and in a whole bunch of slots in between. To all of those readers out there who've bought the book this week in ANY format, THANK YOU!!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week and a relaxing Columbus Day Weekend :).


Kristi said...

Hi Marilyn! I tried to "friend" you on Facebook - but it (Facebook) seems to be having some issues - so I will just tell you here that I have finally written my review. I loved the book - thank you so much for sending it to me! I wish I had known you were doing a signing in Gurnee- I would have come out to support you! Anyway - here is a link to my review - http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2009/10/according-to-jane-by-marilyn-brand-book.html


Pamala Knight said...

That is wonderful news about ACCORDING TO JANE's ranking,Marilyn. It's wonderful to see your debut get the accolades it so richly deserves.

Pamela Cayne said...

Never had any doubt. Never.

Robin said...

Congrats, you Kindle queen, you! And I for one, think Dan Brown better watch out.

Maria Geraci said...

Yay for Jane! I'm almost done reading (am at the point where Tim... well, don't want to leave any spoilers here) and I have to say, Marilyn, this book is just soooo damn good! I would have finished last night except I've had to work a LOT this week and I collapsed on the bed the minute my head hit the pillow. But this weekend, it's me and Jane, baby!

Marilyn Brant said...

Kristi~We finally connected on FB--yay! I've linked to your review and thank you for all of your lovely comments :). Hope to run into you at a program again soon!!

Pamala~Thanks, my dear. Can't wait to see you tomorrow and give you a hug in person!

Pamela~Only because you are either far more optimistic (or far more delusional ;) than I am. *MWAH*!

Robin~LOL! Yeah, I'm gonna get him... I'm sure he's worried :).

Maria~Thanks so much for getting it and reading it :). You've been so supportive...I really appreciate it!

Happy Friday, everyone--hope you all have a marvelous weekend!!

lainey bancroft said...

There's 'Jane' racing toward the position she's made for!

Go Marilyn! Go Jane!

Have a great weekend. =)

Anonymous said...

Look what arrived at my house..


Nancy J. Parra said...

*hugs!* Hope your signing was fun today. It was great seeing you at the library. You are a very good public speaker!

Marilyn Brant said...

Aw, Lainey, thank you!! Hope you've been having a great weekend, too :).

Tina, yay!!! Glad it got there. Hope you'll enjoy it... *hugs to you from me*

Nancy, thanks so much for coming on Wednesday night. I'm a very *nervous* public speaker, so having friends in the crowd was unbelievably helpful. I appreciate you!