Wow. I have had the most awesome two days ever!! Yesterday I had four more school visits (I did four the day before as well!) culminating with a signing at the Idaho Falls Barnes and Noble and it was incredible!!! I had so many people there. People I knew from high school and college, people I knew from Phoenix, even a guy I've known since he was two! Lots of familiar faces. I also had several students who I presented to at the schools come which was totally gratifying. I signed books for over an hour. (As a side note, I still feel naughty writing in books.;))
It's very strange to actually start to feel like a real author . . . but I'm starting to. Book one is out, I'm just putting the final touches on my second round of edits for book two, and people I don't know (and don't owe any favors) are reading my book. Weird!!
However, the most surreal thing of all happened today. This evening I got a call from my editor . . . which my phone--to my total and utter dismay--proceeded to drop. *headthunk* However, when someone calls from Harper, it only registers the main Harper number, so I couldn't actually tell if it was my editor or my publicist. Or, for all I knew, the janitor. So I couldn't call back. So I stared at my phone for five minutes, willing it to ring (because all authors know that there is only one reason your phone rings on a Wednesday evening) and finally it does, and it's my agent. Close enough! I immediately answer and Jodi says, "Tara just called me." At which point I proceed to babble about dropped calls and leading a raid to the AT&T headquarters. Luckily, Jodi interrupts me and says that she has her on the line and is going to conference her in because she has something--oh, probably mundane--to tell me. *insert severe heart palpitations here* So Tara comes on and tells me that Wings has debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers List. And not only on the list, at number six.
Can we say Thrilled. Beyond. Belief?!?!??!
So, even though there are not nearly as many people who read my blog as who must have bought my book to get me on this list, it's the only outlet I have. So, for what it's worth, this is the only place I get to publicly say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for supporting me and Wings. For sometimes going to great lengths to get the bookstore staff to get it out of the back room. For talking me up or reviewing my book on your blog. For all the little things as well as big things. Thank you.