Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Post I Didn't Think I'd Get to Write

Yesterday the New York Times sent out their bestseller list for Sunday the 19th.

Paranormalcy was #7 on the children's list.

I mean, PARANORMALCY WAS #7 ON THE CHILDREN'S LIST HOLY COW HOW ON EARTH DID THIS HAPPEN?? (Also, is it just me or is 7 the best number EVER? I freaking love the number 7! It even has a special significance in the book!)

I won't deny that I secretly hoped-against-hope to crack the list (who doesn't?), but considering that (as far as I know) only one other debut YA author has hit the list their first week out this entire year, I didn't let those hopes get too high. It was unrealistic. I would say I don't know how it happened, but I really do.

You.

Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for reading my book. Thank you for telling people about it. There is no other possible way that I could have hit the list. I can't even begin to tell you


Laptop here. Kiersten is staring off into space, frozen with this creepy, tear-filled grateful smile on her face. I think her brain short-circuited from joy. It's not a pretty sight.

Listen. You know how Kiersten was in the middle of thanking you? Well, you know what? I blame you. That's right. This is YOUR fault. I had many fond hopes and daydreams that her book would crash and burn, that no one would pick it up, that she'd give up this silly pursuit of her life-long dreams and pick a less obnoxious life path. Like becoming a hermit. In a cave. Without wireless. A dream that keyboards the world over would be safe from the insane tap-tap-tapping of her tiny, hated fingers.

But NO.

You couldn't let that happen, could you?

But it's not just your fault.

I blame THESE TWO for conspiring to sell/buy Paranormalcy. Shame on you both. Shame on Harper Children's in general for encouraging and funding Kiersten's cruelty to keyboards.

I blame THIS ONE for teaching Kiersten to be a better self editor so the above culprits were willing to get Paranormalcy out into the world. That adorable smile hides true evil.

And I blame THIS ONE maybe most of all for telling Kiersten to write the idea in the first place. You owe me another "N" key, Atalie.

And of course I blame Hot Stuff and Kiersten's family more than anyone else, for being supportive and telling her things like, "I always knew you could do it!" COULD, yes. SHOULD? NO! Think of the "N"s! The innocent "N"s!

But this still brings me back to you. You, who read her blog. You, who support her. You, who actually went out and bought her book and told others to do the same. You know what you are? A bunch of enablers! That's right. Shame on you all.

Laptop? What on earth are you talking about?? We're saying THANK YOU.

Well, I'm saying thank you, at least. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Seven times seven times seven times seven.

Last night in the middle of the night my son woke up, desperately saying, "Was it a dream, Mom? Was it a dream??"

I kind of feel the same way. Here's hoping I don't wake up.

101 comments:

Giles Hash said...

Congratulations!!!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Could not have happened to a more awesome person - with a more spectacular and unique book!

Congratulations!!! You deserve it girl...revel in it, then get back to work we want MORE! :D

Oh and I want that shirt :D

Melanie said...

I think I just happy cried for you. Congrats on the exciting news!

(Sorry laptop. Looks like a rough road ahead for you.)

Sarah Beth Durst said...

Congratulations, Kiersten! Great news and well-deserved. Paranormalcy was fantastic! I really loved it.

Summer Ross said...

Congratulations! I have your book I ordered it as soon as I was able- I haven't gotten to the reading part yet cause well yeah college- but as soon as I do I know it will be great.
Its really wonderful you got on the best sellers list!

Liz Czukas said...

Congratulations! Next up, #1. Which is also a pretty great number.

- Liz

Natalie Whipple said...

Laptop, I'll get you a new 'N' key. It was worth it—I don't even feel bad about it.

Michelle Wolfson said...

You're welcome but thank you for working so hard and being so awesome. Enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY!! And of course, huge congratulations!!

Christine Fonseca said...

I mean this very sincerely Kiersten - YOU DESERVE IT ALL!!!! I hope this is only the first of many many many amazing things comming your way!

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

congrats and this is such great news.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh My Word! Or actually Oh Your Words! That is amazing and wonderful and well-deserved. Congratulations and keep those fingers flying!

Ariana said...

Congrats! What an amazing feeling that must be. :)

Larissa said...

Huge congrats, Kiersten!!!

Whirlochre said...

If Obama isn't seen with this under his arm within the week, it's all over for the Democrats...

Kimberly Derting said...

Congratulations, Kiersten, this is ginormous (and you totally deserve it)!!!!!

Jessica Love said...

Dear NY Times Bestselling Author Kiersten,

I had no doubt! :-D

Hello. My name is Elizabeth. said...

Woo hoo! Congrats!

Now I'm even more excited to read PARANORMALCY (which unfortunately will have to wait until after I pass my probation exams)!

Ben Langhinrchs said...

Awesome news! Congratulations to you and all the enablers.

Jessica said...

You deserve it Kiersten! Congrats on making the list for a fab book! Paranormalcy rocks.
PS-Are there more of those shirts out there? I want one, too!

Matthew Rush said...

Wow. Amazing. Good for you!

Lindsey Renee Rose said...

Wow, how exciting! Maybe I can get my middle schoolers to bite. :)

Debra L. Schubert said...

For once, I have to disagree with Laptop. Congrats to you, my friend. I can't wait until it's #1!!!!!

Emily White said...

Congratulations! This is sooooo exciting!

~Jamie said...

Darn you, woman. I am such a dork that you made me tear up at the coffee shop!

Congratulations! It's SO deserved!!!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

CONGRATS, CONGRATS, AND CONGRATS!!

Grrr mine is still in the mail somewhere but my daughter and I are trying to wait without stalking the mailman lol.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I'm so happy for you! And Paranormalcy! I just got mine in the mail yesterday, so my kids might not like me very much today...

Dara said...

You won't wake up :)

Congrats again! It's definitely deserved!

Debbie Barr said...

So wonderful. I'm still grinning. :D

John Smith said...

Congratulations! I can't believe a debut author hit the bestseller list!

Lisa said...

EEH! Yippee! Congrats, Kiersten! I'm reading the book this week!

Steena Holmes said...

When I heard that - tears came to my eyes! WAY TO GO!!! I'm excited knowing that the awesome community here of writers bought your books and spread the word so that others would buy ... fantastic! Now lets see it sky rocket from there okay ;)

Steph Sinkhorn said...

I'm still thrilled for you :D

Alexa O said...

So THAT's what my computer is thinking.

My computer really, really wants me to keep blogging instead of writing my book, because it knows that as soon as I get that advance, I'm totally trading it in for a newer, hotter model.

Congrats!

C.E. said...

Congratulations! That's AWESOME!

Nathan Bransford said...

Congrats congrats congrats!!!

Also: congrats!!!

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow..just WOW! You must be on cloud nine! Congratulations- That is HUGE!

Jenilyn Tolley said...

Congratulations! That's so awesome!!

Missy said...

Pfft, I had no doubt in my mind it could make it. ;)

Congratulations!!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

girl - you rock!

Sandy Shin said...

Congratulations, Kiersten! That's so amazing. :)

liza said...

Dear newyorktimesbestsellingauthorkierstenwhite,

Congratulations!!! I do so enjoy following you on twitter, and am so happy for your success! Live it up and drink lots of Dr. Pepper!

PS
looking forward to Supernaturally goes without saying, right? ;)

Nikki said...

Oh my gosh Kiersten, I just got goosebumps!! SUPER amazing and wonderful and you totally deserve it. See you in a few weeks at another signing :)

Jeri said...

What a great post! Congratulations! Maybe you should buy your laptop a buddy so it can rest sometimes. Or would it get jealous?

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Yay! Congratulations. It's just another example of how awesome you are. :)

Brad Jaeger said...

Congrats!

T. Anne said...

Big congrats! Wow that's huge! You know you'll have to introduce yourself that way from now on.. "Hello my name is Kiersten, New York Times bestselling author..." And no one can ever take that wonderful title away from you!

Sarah Laurenson said...

How awesome. I'm very happy for you!

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

Congrats!!! and lovee this post! :D

Julia Karr said...

Kiersten - this is possibly the most awesome news ever! I am sooo thrilled for you! YAYAYAYAY!!!

Oh - and I need a new "n", too! lol!

Julia

Suzie F. said...

Wow! That is just...WOW!!
I'm grinning from ear to ear!

Oo, chills too! Congratulations!

Valerie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! SO AWESOME!

coffeelvnmom said...

Congratulations! That is GREAT!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness! This is insane! Congratulations!!!

I'm just happy to know I contributed, preordering my book and all!

Mundie Moms said...

You deserve it! Congratulations!!! We are so happy and excited for you. :)

Shveta Thakrar said...

Holy crap, Kiersten! That's amazing! So thrilled for you. :)

Tahereh said...

OMG IM SUCH A SAP.

oh happy tears! i think even Laptop deserves a hug.

SO THRILLED FOR YOU!

congrats!!

patdwhite said...

You rock and I am so proud of you, but a side comment is in order here.

"Posted by Kiersten White at 5:00 AM"

First:
It would appear that my sweet little kitty bug could not sleep last night!

Second: This is how it should have read.

"Posted by Kiersten White, New York Times Best Seller, at 5:00 AM"

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Hilarious, yet again! Sorry, Laptop, but I can't help but enable someone as adorably funny as Kiersten.

So drink all the Dr. Pepper you want and drill the heck out of the N key. :-) You deserve it!

Congratulations!!

Kelly M. Olsen said...

Congratulations, Kiersten! You are a true inspiration to your fellow writers. We're all so very proud of you.

Morgan Ives said...

Hooray! That's so freaking awesome! Congratulations a billion times!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Huge congrats! That's awesome. And your laptop sounds a little evil. Like it may one day decide to take over the world. You might want to buy a new one, just to be safe, lol

SM Schmidt said...

Con-freaking-gratulations!

Teril said...

Congrats on #7 I just got my Paranormalcy in the mail! I hope to send a pic of ma and it in asap!
It looks amazing!

Megs said...

Oh good. Now I'm not lying when I say you are a New York Times best-selling author. ;)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!! It is so deserved because Paranormalcy kinda rocks.

And tell that keyboard that I'll send some replacement N's so you can keep on tap-tap-tapping away :D

Caroline Starr Rose said...

A testament to hard work, talent, and great support. Go, Kiersten!

Mandy said...

WHOA, CONGRATULATIONS!

L. T. Host said...

WOW! I can't even imagine how joyful you must be right now. You've had quite the amazing first week! Congrats, Kiersten.

VICTORIA SAAVEDRA said...

SO happy for you! You really deserve this!

Amanda Hannah said...

Congratulations!! Definitely well deserved. I finished the book a few hours ago and LOVED it! Can't wait for the next one :D

Kim Walus said...

Your Auntie and I hugged today at school with joy and excitement over the splendid news of your making the New York Times Bestseller list in the first week. We are all happy around here!!! Are you ready to see your quilt? I have another little surprise for you too!!!! See ya tomorrow! Lots and lots of hugs, kisses, and at least 7 rows of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah said...

SQUEE! Congratulations!! :)

Dominique said...

Congrats! That's amazing. :)

Heather said...

Kiersten, your success is so awesome. And you are awesome. And your book is awesome.

So really this isn't surprising at all.

Woot! Congrats! I couldn't be happier for you!

folksinmt said...

Wow! Just wow! So happy for you!

Bárbara said...

Huge congratulations! And I'm waiting to see your book in Brazil, so I can buy it here and make it an international best-seller!

Sara B. Larson said...

So BLEEPING awesome! So happy for you! I bet it'll keep going up too... !! :D

Lyla said...

This whole thing is like... a writer's fairy tale dream come true. I'm so excited for you!

Ivy Hawthorn said...

Congratulations!!! You and your book deserve it all!!!


~Ivy

Elizabeth Ryann said...

Seriously, so very very many congratulations. That is totally awesome. Go, you!!!

toni said...

Congratulations!!!

I've just come across your blog, and now I'm really excited for you :D yay!

Renae said...

Congrats! You so deserve it! Your book is just stunning. So happy for you!

Kristi said...

You deserve every minute! Congrats on hitting the bestseller list...amazing!

insightme-TX said...

Congrats, Kiersten. You have sooo earned this! Thank you for your dedication to your new career, to your blog and to all of us who cheer you on!!! As of this post, you have 1166 people following your writing blog. Way to go!!!

Ishta Mercurio said...

That's truly, truly awesome. HUGE congratulations!

ali said...

Kiersten, that was not only hysterical but holy freakin' AWESOME, too!!!

**CONGRATULATIONS!!!**

Claire Dawn said...

Here's to never waking up!

PS, How many times do you intend to get me teary-eyed this month? I'm going to have to desert you and become friends with laptop!

Heidi said...

My copy arrived today all the way down in Melbourne Australia!!!!! I was so excited opening it, and now it sits on my bookshelf ontop of harry potter and Lips Touch <3 <3 <3 can't wait to open it.

Ellen Brickley said...

Such amazing news Kiersten :D I'm utterly deighted for you!

Maya / מיה said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I haven't bought Paranormalcy yet, so hopefully I can help prop it up on the list in a week to come :)

lynnrush said...

How exciting. I'm so happy for you!! Enjoy the ride!!!

Lauren said...

Congratulations, Kiersten! What fantastic news...and so well deserved.

Daisy Whitney said...

I knew it would happen!

Janean said...

i must admit, i teared... i ♥ you Kiersten. this is amazing. truly amazing. Go you!

Myrna Foster said...

I love laptop. Really, I do. Congratulations, Kiersten!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that is so unbelievably wonderful!!! congratulations!!!

Madeleine said...

I am overwhelmed. Seriously. For a second there, I thought I just might get teary-eyed! I want this book to be so successful! I want you to be so successful! Oh, Kiersten, I'm so thrilled and happy and glad for you! YOU ARE PHENOMENAL. YOUR BOOK IS FANTASTIC.

I get excited when I see the title "Paranormalcy" anywhere. Really, really, really.

Thank you x 77777.77.

I wish I could give you a high-five!

Congrats! To you, to Michelle, to all the wonderful people who read your book!

Quinn said...

Congratulations!

I got my copy the day it came out and loved it! Paranormalcy definitely deserves to be on the bestseller list.

Kristan said...

I'm a little late to the party, but congratulations, Kiersten. That's so, SO fantastic! :D

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Wow, fantastic accomplishment, Kiersten. Congratulations!

Amy

Theresa Milstein said...

I finished your book last week. After all the excitement surrounding the release of your book, I'm not surprised your #7 on the NYT Bestseller List. You deserve it. Congratulations!