Just wanted to shout out to all of the Blogosphere about the fabulously wonderful news my good friend/critique partner/fellow Chicago-North member Simone Elkeles got yesterday: Her just-released sixth YA novel, Rules of Attraction, will be debuting on the New York Times Bestseller List at #3!!!!!!! Check it out on Amazon and don't miss the really great "movie" trailer of the book on the page! I loved it!!
And Perfect Chemistry, the first book in the series, is a novel I read in draft form about 7 years ago. It's been such a thrill to see this story develop from unpublished manuscript to bestseller... What a journey! Check out that Amazon page and the "music video" for the book,too--it's hilarious!!
Most of all, having witnessed firsthand all of the time, effort and incredibly hard work that went into this accomplishment, the writer in me can only stand up and clap wildly in admiration. The friend in me, though, gets to do a little more. I get to squeeeeeee (!!) and say: OMG, Simone! IT HAPPENED!! All of those nights, when we were both newbie aspiring writers, and we stayed up way too late, talking, hoping, dreaming about getting just one book published, let alone having multi-book contracts or hitting bestseller lists... Back then, this was just a fantasy...
Not anymore, sister!!
Congratulations (x 1 million), Simone!!!!!!! Let the celebrations begin! :)