Thursday, May 8, 2014

There Aren't Enough "Thank You"s




Thank you. THANK YOU! I can't say it enough!

My journey to publication has not been traditional, and it has been...bumpy, to say the least. Those of you who've been at my side from the beginning will remember two years ago when the 2nd and 3rd books in the Sweet Trilogy *almost* did not get picked up for publication (it wasn't anything personal, don't worry - just business stuff). But a fateful blessing swept in and pushed us to the next step. And in retrospect I can honestly say that I'm grateful for each and every obstacle that has been in my path, because every hurdle we've jumped has made this moment that much SWEETER.

I knew something was up last week when the buzz for Sweet Reckoning's release felt off the charts. I could not keep up with the tweets and Facebook posts, and I usually try to respond to everything. It was crazy! And I realized that a lot more people were reading it than I'd anticipated. I started to feel a spark of hope that maybe, just maybe, my wee little paperback book that YOU GUYS have pimped out to one another like mad, just maybe that little book was going to squeeze its way into the huddle of big dogs. But I didn't let myself hope too much, because I knew it was a long shot.

Last night was a normal evening. I'd just sat down to dinner with my husband and kids, and we were all in happy moods. A roofer was coming to look at a possible leak spot, and it was just about time to dive into my nightly mom routine (piano homework, baths, reading Harry Potter, etc). I went upstairs to get the piano stuff and happened to glance at my email and see a message from my editor with the subject "I have good news - call me!!"

She's never asked me to call her before. My heart started pounding and my hands were shaking when I dialed her number. My editor, Alyson, was there with a bunch of amazing, EXCITED HarperCollins girls, and she said, "You made the New York Times list!!!" And they all started screaming and cheering, and I started crying. Then my phone was on the nightstand dinging away with messages from Jennifer Armentrout saying, "WHERE ARE YOU? OMG! ANSWER YOUR PHONE!" She was giving me the news that I'd also hit the USA Today Bestseller list!

Wholly schmolly! No freaking way! This was beyond, beyond anything I'd ever dreamed for myself. My Sweeties brought the heat - that's all I can say. You guys did this. I wrote a book from my heart, and you took it and ran with it, proving that word-of-mouth is the most powerful marketing tool. So here sits my little bundle of pink joy, full of love, right in the middle of some amazing books, almost all of which have movies.  But that's a dream for another day...





Thank you, once again, for supporting me and my books. There aren't enough Thank Yous in the world! I'm not sure what's next, friends, but I do have some stuff in the works, and promise to tell you when I have any news. Until then, much love to you. *group hug*

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20 comments:

  1. Ohmygosh I am so happy for you. That is pretty epic stuff. The books are absolutely amazing and you did an incredible job writing them. I can't wait for what ever you have planned next. Enjoy th is moment it is so deserved :)

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  2. Congratulations!!!! That's amazing, Wendy :D

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  3. Don't forget to give yourself credit! Your wonderful stories are THE reason we pimped out your books to all of our friends and well anyone who would listen! Anna and Kai's story was one to be devoured by all! :) Congratulations and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!!

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  4. Much love to you Wendy. You deserve all this and more xoxox

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  5. You deserve it, completely! Your books are amazing! I tell everyone I can about them and I buy them as gifts for people! Love you and congratulations! <3

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  6. Wooohooooo!!! You absolutely deserve it, Wendy!!! BIG BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  7. Wow!!! What exciting news!!!! This is not a one time deal you know, so get use to it. Congrats!

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  8. Can't believe they almost didn't want to publish the second and third book. I'm so adicted to this trilogy!!!
    Congratulations!!!!

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  9. Congratulations!! That's great news. Best series ever!! Your such and amazing author. I love you for writing these books!!! Mwah!! :)

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  10. Congratulations Wendy! I knew you can do it! You totally definitely deserve this. Sweet Reckoning was remarkable. Best ending in a series. Ever. The sweet series was phenomenal. Obsess about this series. And if a series could make me this obsess, then it so deserve to be in USA Today Bestseller list and New Your Times list. Will forever be my favorite series. Congrats Wendy.

    On a side note, I can't stop listening to Waiting for Superman by Daughtry because it reminds me of Anna at the end of Sweet Evil and the start of Sweet Peril.

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  11. Oh my gosh, this is amazing news! Congratulations, Wendy!! We are all so proud of you and we love Kai <3

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  12. WILL YOU AND CAN YOU PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE (A MILLION PLEASES) WRITE A KAI'S POV FOR SWEET RECKONING...PRETTY PLEASE WITH CHERRIES ON THE TOP!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!? 0.0

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  13. Congratulations, Wendy! I haven't read the Sweet Trilogy at all (though I intend to). I just happened to stumble across See Me on page 7 of a google search for nothing in particular, and it piqued my interest. I just finished it today (I am brand new to your books, sorry)! It was excellent and you are excellent and I'm so happy you're on the best sellers list!

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  14. Many congrats! I'm still waiting to grab Sweet Reckoning but I'm sure it's gonna be amazing, because the other two sure were! *swoons*

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  15. I AM SOOOOOO NOT READY TO LET GO OF THE SWEET TRILOGY (SPECIFICALLY ANNA AND KAI*SWOON*)!!! I HAVE REREAD ALL THREE BOOKS MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT AND I PRACTICALLY HAVE THE BOOKS MEMORIZED WORD FOR WORD...I KNOW, I AM THAT CRAZY...BUT I JUST WANT ONE MORE KAI FIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE WRITE A KAI POV...I AM SURE I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO WANTS THAT, AM I RIGHT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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  16. Congrats, Wendy! So happy for you. The attention is well deserved! :)

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  17. Congratulations!!!!! you deserve no less!!!!!! I am REREADING the sweet series for what seems to be the 3rd time this month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Huge congrats, Wendy!! That's every writer's dream, and YOU did it!! So exciting!!! :D

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  19. This honestly makes me cry. Having watched the whole process from the beginning (ish), it warms my heart to see these amazing events unfold. To have seen how hard you've worked and how you've stayed true to yourself and been so kind to others along the way, this news couldn't have happened to a better person. I'm so very, very, VERY excited to see where you go from here. <3 <3 <3

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  20. Yay!!! Wendy I am so happy for you. What a special moment. :)

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