Ask em if you’ve got em!
Monica asks: How Important is it to an author’s career to be on the New York Times Bestseller’s list? Is this the Holy Grail in an author’s career? If not what is? I sat this because to me getting the Academy Award is more about money and that one role for the year as opposed to getting a Tony Award on Broadway which is your craft from its beginnings. I love that all authors have this wonderful gift for your recognition as writers, but I like to think its more somehow somewhere in your industry. Thanks for answering.
Hitting a list is a few things – proof that you can bring a certain level of sales, which (should) make you more attractive to your publisher. That may lead to a better contract next time. Maybe. I don’t know that it’s always about money, but to me, hitting a list is more a nice pat on the back than anything else. (And I did get your email with the book recommendation, thanks!)
Melanie – thank you! And to you as well 🙂
Erin asks: Hi Lauren! I am planning a little road trip to the giant book fair at RT and it will be my first time so I’m not quite sure how it works. Do you know which of your books they will be selling for you to sign or do we bring our own copies? I am so excited!-It’ll be wonderful to meet you! Authors attending the signing will have books there for you to buy – I *think* I’ll be signing Lush, Going Under and Tart. You’re also allowed (or you have been in the past) to bring in other books to be signed, just check them at the door when you enter so they can tag them and know you don’t have to buy them when you leave.
Over at FB Allison asks: Are you going to continue writing about the Cherchez Pack? Specifically Sky or Phillip. I’m always happy to hear people have enjoyed the Cherchez books, but I’m done with that series and the world at this point.