Thank You for the Support – we hit the Times!

RA_500First, I wanted to thank everybody for the tremendous support during the release of RISING ASSETS.  The book hit the New York Times Bestseller list, which was a first for me.  In fact, it’s kind of a funny story…

Hitting bestseller lists wasn’t even on my bucket list until it happened with PROVOKED, which hit the USA Today Bestseller list.  To be honest, I hadn’t even considered lists, and the second it happened, I was stunned, grateful, and so excited.  And of course, being just a bit ambitious,  then I wanted to hit the Times.  I reeaaaaally wanted to hit the Times by myself and not with other authors in a set or in an anthology so I knew I could do it with my sales alone.  (Although I think all the boxed-sets being put out by my favorite authors banding together in one set is freakin awesome).

So, RISING ASSETS had strong numbers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release day.  The Kindle rankings on Amazon, and the Nook rankings on BnN are really the only numbers an author has to watch to know where the book might be.  The book hit the top 50 for all fiction on release day, which was great.  Then the book stayed there a second day.  And a third.  On the fourth day, the book remained in the top 100 overall.

So I thought…maybe?  The Times?

On Wednesdays, an author can find out if she/he will hit a list the following Sunday.  So, on Wednesday, I checked the USA Today website, and RISING ASSETS was #89.  This list goes to 150, and #89 is the highest I’ve hit, and I was very excited.  However, I did think that #89 on the USA Today list probably wasn’t high enough to hit the Times, which only goes to #25.  So I was a bit disappointed but resolved to hit next time.

Then, when Big Tone was heading out to his basketball game, my phone dinged from a tweet from Entangled Publishing saying congrats for hitting the Times at #25.  I’m tearing up just writing this. 🙂  I’d like to say that I was instantly excited, etc…but instead I panicked.  OMG – they mixed up the USA Today and the Times lists!  So I fired off a quick email to my agent to double check her advanced copy of the list before I responded on Twitter. What was I going to say?  Oops.

I also direct messaged Heather Howland, the assistant publisher at Entangled, with a very dorky ‘are you sure?’  To which she responded with a very kind and understanding…”Yes.  We double check.”  LOL!

So then I lost it.  Just a little bit.  Then, of course, I had to take Jr. Tackle to basketball practice and Little Miss to her volleyball game.  It was all I could do not to run around the gym doing a dance and act normal.  After the game, we all went to dinner at a local sports bar, and my sweaty family was excited for me.  Then life got back to normal. 

So I wanted to say thank you.  🙂

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24 thoughts on “Thank You for the Support – we hit the Times!”

  1. Kristie Koste says:

    You did all the work, we just for to enjoy the outcome! Congratulations! You deserve it!!

  2. That’s so exciting Rebecca! I teared up reading about it. You deserve it! The books are so, so good. Keep up the awesomeness!!!

  3. Rachael Walker says:

    Mazel Tov, Congratulations, Complimenti, Rebecca! I love, love, love your work. Have I told you how much I love your work?! I have read (and re-read) EVERYTHING you’ve written. You have so deserved being on “the list” and I’m very happy for you that you have been recognized.

  4. Ezinwanyi says:

    Congratulations Rebecca. I am very proud of you and you are so deserving.
    If Blind Faith doesn’t make the Times, I think I will cry. Sin Brothers just rock.
    BTW, does that mean the publisher will put the rest of the MM series on audio now? Only Against the wall is available at audible.
    Again, congratulations. Take a day off and drink a glass of bubbly for your hard work.

  5. Shirley Long says:

    CONGRATULATIONS REBECCA!!!!!! Very well deserved accolades for a fantastic book. I do believe I’ve stated in the past that you are one talented lady and this just proves I was right. From your brain, to your fingertips to my kindle to the Times #25. Doesn’t get much better for me.

  6. Janet Boutillier says:

    Congratulations and so much deserved to a wonderful author, as others have said I write whatever you put out and have never been disappointed. So happy for you!

  7. Lori Meehan says:

    That is fabulous. Congrats

  8. Jo says:

    Congratulations!

  9. Sue Finlay Clark says:

    Congratulations!! I have finished Rising Assets and loved it. I wish you could crank them out faster–I love the way you write. Keep it up!!!!

  10. Adaiah says:

    Congrats! I’m preordered for the May releases. I really enjoyed Colton’s story and it was so nice to see the brothers together. Now i’m ready for Hawke”s story.

  11. Susan O says:

    Congrats, Rebecca. You’re on my automatic buy list! Woohoo!

  12. Congratulations! I am so happy for you, you deserve it.The first book of yours that I read was Fated from the Dark Protectors series and it was awesome and so I’ve been a fan of yours ever since.

  13. M. Lee Scott says:

    Congratulations, Rebecca…you deserve it. Rising Assets was awesome…hit all my emotion buttons. Write faster! : )

  14. Debbie Steinmetz says:

    Just have to say that you’re awesome and we all knew it!! Thanks and Congratulations!!

  15. Sandra deMiranda says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved. I love your books, and can’t wait for the next one. You just keep on writing and I will keep on buying.

  16. Julie Hinsz says:

    Congratulations! You should have went outside and screamed it at the top of your lungs and and the school! So proud of you and your Aunt and Uncle send congrats and lots of love to!

  17. Gretchen says:

    Well deserved:) Congratulations! I bought it and read it the day it came out. I love your books!!!

  18. judy contino says:

    You deserve every good thing that comes your way. Your books are terrific. I’ve been a fan ever since Talen’ s book hit the shelves and I am eagerly waiting for Janie’ s story. Congratulations!

  19. Sherron Slack says:

    I was thrilled to see that you made the NYT top 25! Maverick Montana is my fav of your 3 series. It seemed that I had to wait FOR-EV-ER for the release of Rising Assets. After reading the first couple of chapters, I was convinced that it was definitely a top of the list, perfectly-written book.

  20. Catherine says:

    You rock girl!!!!!!!

  21. Rebecca Delio says:

    CONGRADULATIONS I KNEW YOU WOULD GET THERE YOUR BOOKS ARE WONDERFUL!

  22. Sandra Wheeler says:

    I haven’t read this book, but have read several others, and am so impressed I am ordering more. Congratulations on making the Times list.

  23. Melinda says:

    Congrats. Love your books. You earned the ranking. I hope you get to enjoy more hits on the NY Times list.

  24. Tee says:

    Congrats!

    -Tee