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Friday, March 20, 2009

GOAL! #1 on Deseret Book

Oh I am so glad I am home alone right now. Serious. I would be forever embarrassed if anyone had overheard my maniacal laughter, shouts and unrestrained jubilation.

BUT, my neurotic-celebration is totally warranted because I have accomplished a goal I have hoped for and tried to talk myself out of for almost ten years. Lemon Tart made number one on Deseret Book's General Fiction list AND the Mystery and Suspense list! AND that puts it as #2 on the Overall Fiction list and #12 on Deseret Book's overall best seller list. Take a LOOK at the best seller's list--how many fiction novels to you see up there? Yeah, exactly my point!

Fiction is a hard sell, it really is, and any publisher will tell you that non-fiction sells better than fiction. ESPECIALLY in regard to DBs bestseller list because you a competing with General Authorities! And MY book is on the list. Worldwide Ward Cookbook is also on the list, which also makes me so very happy.

Ya know, in life there are some really icky days you have to suffer through, and honestly it's days like this that help me get through the mud-slog days.

In addition to the #1 spot on DBs list, I also received an honorable mention in Scribbit's March writing contest. You can read my entry by going to her blog--read a couple of the others up there as well, they are great.

Let me end this with a plea that you will forgive my indulgent explosion and pride in my accomplishments--I am a writer which means I will be humbled tomorrow when I wrestle with a scene that just isn't working--BUT thank you, each and every one of you that read my blog, read my books, leave online reviews, recommend my books to my friends, tell me what you liked, help me improve, listen to me rant, and cheer right along with me. I could NOT have achieved this goal without amazing support from everyone in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It's a good day. AND I'm done writing today. I'm going to go for a celebratory jog and eat half a box of Thin Mints.

ALSO, I did a podcast with LDSwomenbookreviews a few weeks ago, and the podcast is up and ready to be downloaded. Click HERE to find out how you can download it.

46 comments:

Don said...

Woo-Hoo! This is great news. But then, as a Lemon Tart fan I'm not surprised. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

Do the dance, take the jog, and eat those cookies!

Then back to work tomorrow. ;-)

Kristina P. said...

This is so exciting! Congrats!!

Heather B. Moore said...

Awesome, Josi! Hmmm... thin mints sound pretty good right now.

Hillary said...

You totally deserve this! I finished Lemon Tart in record time, and loved it, loved it, loved it. You deserve to go eat the WHOLE box of thin mints! Congratulations. Can't wait for your next book.

Janette Rallison said...

You rock!

Anne Bradshaw said...

Yay! Happy dance for you, Josi!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So well deserved, from contents to cover and back. Fabulous story. I can still see scenes from it if I shut my eyes, and I read it weeks ago. Bring on the trifle :-)

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

okay that is super cool. My hubby just got turned down by them, so I understand how stinkin' COOL that is!!!!

congrats :)

Stephanie Black said...

Hooray, Josi!!! Congratulations on a well-deserved honor!

Luisa Perkins said...

Sooooooo awesome!!!!

Pass the Thin Mints, please.

LoraLee Evans said...

Josi, Congratulations! I couldn't think of anyone who deserves it more. You're a great writer and a great friend. I'm so happy for you!

Heather Justesen said...

Josi, that's is so stinkin' cool! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to read it myself!

Alison Palmer said...

I am so proud of you, Josi! What an awesome feeling and an honor you totally deserve.

hi, it's me! melissa c said...

Congratulations girl!!!!! I knew you could do it and you deserve it too! I am so proud to know you! =)

Kerry Blair said...

It couldn't have happened to a better book -- or to a more talented (and all-around terrific) writer!

Here's to many more weeks at the top!

Emily M. said...

Congratulations!! I want to read it when all my Whitney reading is done...

Karlene said...

Woot! woot! Totally deserved. I loved Lemon Tart.

Grandma 'D' said...

You go girl!!!!! I can't think of anyone who deserves this more than you. Only wish I could've heard your maniacal sounds and laughter.
Enjoy the moment and get back to your writing...I need another book to read.

Annette Lyon said...

I'm SO thrilled for you. You so deserve every bit!

Anna said...

Congrats!! That is something to be excited about.

Laurie LC Lewis said...

Way to go, Josi! Lemon Tart is a triple threat! So tell me about the Westminster Readjit thingy on the right side of your blog! Are you a closet Marylander?

Lynnette said...

Congratulations!!! I'm half way through Lemon Tart, and it's a page turner. I have a feeling I won't be sleeping tonight until I finish it.

CTW said...

Incredibly good news. I'm sincerely happy for you.

Julie Wright said...

You are seriously my hero! And your books rock my world!

LisAway said...

WOW!! Congratulations! That is really terrific. Now I REALLY need to get a copy.

Chantele said...

Congratulations! That is awesome! I have your book on hold at the library! Hopefully I can read it soon!;)

Sandra said...

That is exciting news. Wild and maniacal laughter is an appropriate response and the position is well desereved. Congratulations to you!!

Laree said...

Congrats! We're all loving Lemon Tart around here!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Yeah, Josi!!! You rock, girlfriend!!! And heck, don't stop at half a box, eat the whole darn thing! You deserve it!!! :)

Scarlet Knight said...

Josi,
It was so nice to meet you yesterday at the forum in Odgen. I can't wait to read your book! Congrats on #1! Whoo hoo!

Shanda- www.ldswomensbookreview.com said...

Wonderful!!!! Congratulations, Josi!

Shanda :)

LexiconLuvr said...

CONGRATULATIONS JOSI! #1 is exciting stuff! (And for the record, I'd be squealing like a stock pig if it had been me so don't feel embarrassed. =] )

It was wonderful to meet you yesterday (I'm Laura of the black jewelry) and you really did such an awesome job. I feel totally rejuvenated and excited to write once more. Can't wait to see you at Storymakers. =]

Emily said...

Great job! I have Lemon Tart in my possession and will read it soon. I'm in the middle of Surrounded by Strangers right now and loving it.

I just finished my second half-marathon on Saturday. I was 10 minutes faster! It was in DC and I had a blast. Hope your running is going great! : )

LexiconLuvr said...

Okay Josi, you officially rock the house, girl. I just bought Lemon Tart from you yesterday and just finished it.
BRAVO, JOSI, BRAVO!!! I thought I figured it out and you totally pulled a moose out of the hat. =] Way to go! Can't wait for your next one. (And now, I have a huge hankering for Better Brownies too!)

Tristi Pinkston said...

You seriously rock and deserve all the praise you get!

alisha said...

Congratulations - that's awesome! I have my copy all ready to start while Mikaela is at gymnastics today. My sister warned me that she started hers yesterday and couldn't put it down. :)

Kimberly said...

I am so, so thrilled for you! Celebrate and strut your stuff - it's an honour you've earned!

Queenmemory said...

NEED MORE COOKIES?


WooHoo WooHoo Fansupertastic

Sheila said...

I am not surprised at all that this happened! You wrote a fabulous book and the rewards/awards are coming your way! Lemon Tart was so awesome I can't wait to read it again. Congrats to you Josi! You so richly deserve it.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Josie, it is so nice to be back here and had read your very interesting post.
I love Lemon Tart, too. Congrats! :)

Momo Fali said...

This is great! I'm so happy for you!

Annie Valentine said...

Loved hearing you tell it in person, but I have to admit this is way better. I'm a big fan of personal horn-blowing.

And the cover of your book makes me want to go make lemon tarts (I have a killer recipe).

Kristi said...

OHHHHHHHH YEAH!!!! That is seriously SO...Stinkin...AWESOME!! Congrats girl...you deserve it!

Kristi said...

By the way...please pass me some Thin Mints. :)

An Ordinary Mom said...

I have read nearly all your other books, and they are written superbly. Can't wait to read this one. I wish I could have seen your happy dance ... you deserve to be STILL dancing away! What great accomplishments!

(And since the thin mint boxes are getting smaller and smaller every year, feel free to indulge :) !!)

Jenna Consolo said...

So I'm a little late in finding out this amazing news, but let's celebrate all over again! I am so proud of you! And it is well deserved. Congratulations!

The Haddocks said...

Just finished it today and loved it! Read more than half the book this afternoon, thank you for a 2 year old that sleeps for 3 hours in the afternoon!

Love your books! Can't wait for the next one.