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Guess who has two thumbs, speaks limited French, and got featured on GalleyCat today?

Posted on October 9th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Okay, so I sort of decided a while back that I wasn’t going to post a lot about reviews and stuff like that, because I don’t want this blog to be all about the cool things that happen to me, since really it’s supposed to be about my struggles as an artist (barf) and also the dumb crap that happens to me. I don’t want this to turn into the sort of blog where when people read it all it is is “Reviews from people who love my book!” and “Foreign sales!” and whatever. I want it to be the place where you go for your daily (okay, weekly…OKAY BI-WEEKLY) dose of schadenfreude. I have a big enough ego as it is, no need to pump it up even more (although don’t worry, it’s Dubbs’ duty to take me down a peg, and she does a fine job at it).

Really, I just wanted to post about this so that I could use that blog post title.

charliebrowntreeBut today was a surprisingly exciting day in the world of My Book. Actually, this week was sort of exciting. I heard from my publicist, let’s call her MO, which was fun. She’s already hard at work giving AUT its best shot at success, which is comforting to know. She also sent me my author questionnaire. It was so hard to fill out, you guys. “Describe yourself” is not exactly the sort of open-ended question I enjoy. I filled it out like a weirdo; my answers were very “Wah wah”, very Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. It probably won’t be at all helpful to her. But those things are HARD. I also have hopelessly few contacts. Q: “Do you have any contacts in schools or libraries?” A: “Not really.” P.S. You like that picture? I feel like my blogs need more visuals. You’re welcome.

So anyway, that was exciting thing number one. Exciting things number two and three were completely unexpected and quite pleasant. First, I got a little mention in today’s Shelf Awareness. It was in the section about the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show, and mentioned how a sales rep from Random House picked my book as her favorite (not of all time, I’m sure, but from my season). I really appreciate it! It’s great to know that the reps are on your side.

And then I found out towards the end of the day that GalleyCat chose me as their featured book today, which was really nice, also! The support is very flattering, although I’m starting to feel a little nervous about AUT going into the world, but I’m excited, too, so it all evens out in the end.

Next time we meet, I’m sure I’ll be whining about how the book I’m writing feels unpublishable or something equally annoying. Stay tuned!

1 Response to “Guess who has two thumbs, speaks limited French, and got featured on GalleyCat today?”

Alexa on October 13th, 2009 at 4:20 am Said:

Congratulations that’s cool and yes I did like the visual 🙂

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