Tuesday, April 15, 2008
New York Times Bestseller List - Part Two.

As most of you could probably tell from my last post, I wasn't really too coherent after I got the news about making the bestseller list.

Now that I've collected my wits, I figured I'd clarify a few things. Some of which I only recently became aware of myself....

First you'll note that the date of the list I posted is from April 20th. This doesn't mean that I know someone with a TARDIS. They make the list available before publication so that industry folks get an early clue-in.

Second, I feel obliged to point out that the list I'm on is the "Paperback Best Sellers EXPANDED list." The regular NYT list only goes down to 20, and as you can see, I'm at #24.

What's the difference? Well, if you look in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, you'll find that they don't print the expanded list. Also, bookstores tend to only stock the regular list of books. Truth is, I'm not entirely sure if I technically qualify as a "New York Times Bestselling Author" or not.

While I admit I'm hoping to climb those last few places, simply making it onto the list at all is extraordinary. A lot of authors never make it, especially not with their first book.

And the reason I'm on there is you. You bought the book. You told your friends and family about it. You nominated me for awards. You voted for me online. You read it at the library and then posted good reviews on AMAZON or Barnes and Noble. You wrote about it in your blog. You bugged your school librarian to order it. You listed it on your facebook profile. You drew fanart. You visited the website and read the blog....

In short, you helped to spread the word. Thank you all so much.

Lastly, in related news, I started a contest over on FACEBOOK to celebrate the release of the paperback. I thought I'd already mentioned it on here, but looking back on my previous blogs, I see that I haven't. You've got until the end of the month if you're interested in participating...

Later all,


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Blogger kelli said...

Boosh! OUR list goes to 11, er, 24!

It's really 42 backwards, the universal answer!

April 15, 2008 8:26 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Congrats again, Pat!!
Everyone spreads the word because it's an awesome book and everyone should read it.

April 15, 2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Anything for you, Pat!

April 15, 2008 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And lastly, for those of you on Facebook, we're having a bit of a shindig to celebrate the paperback release of the book. There will be cake* and fabulous prizes for people who are interested in participating. So stop on by if you're interested.

^^^^ You so did write about it. haha

Pat, your awesome, I think that soon The Name of The Wind will be like... Harry Potter mania.

Only better. Closer to Beatle mania.

April 15, 2008 2:07 PM  
Anonymous bibi said...


April 15, 2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Wow. Beatle mania. So when I make an appearance teenage girls are going to rush the stage crying and freaking out?

April 15, 2008 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Well, we can let everyone have his little dreams...

But still- YAY!

(and I'm still spreading the word)

April 15, 2008 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes pat. Provided that you have a portable stage on handy for just these occasions.

April 16, 2008 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Emily Randall said...

For those of us dedicated to books and getting the word out the internet has been a wonder. I like that you point ALL the ways a reader can promote a favored work. Word of mouth has gotten a bullhorn. Plus, Facebook is a drain on personal time that I rarely have. I know on of the reasons in my busy schedule I have extra time to read is because I take the bus. In any case, I wander from point. Thanks for saying thanks. In a world where it seems so hard to support great writers, it's nice to hear that we do manage to acheive that goal once in a while.

April 18, 2008 10:48 AM  

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