Sunday, October 12, 2008

Luck Smiles Upon Me And I Grin Right Back

I regard myself as a very fortunate person, but not a particularly lucky one. But in this case, I am the beneficiary of pure good luck.

Today's New York Times Book Review section has the children's best seller lists in it. In print for real. And there's Life As We Knew It, number eight in the Children's Paperback listing (with a darling little 3 by its side to indicate it's been on for three weeks).

I figured they were due a print listing for children's books best sellers, but couldn't be sure if it would be this week (Number 8) or next week (no LAWKI whatsoever).

The listing, by the way, looks exceptionally beautiful. They spelled my name right and everything. So now, in addition to having a cap, I have an actual piece of newspaper to prove I really am a New York Times Best Selling Author.

And a very lucky one at that!


Texas Pixie said...

Awww, horray! I want to see it! Is it up on their website or do you know?

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Texas Pixie-

It should be on the Times website. Try searching under Children's Paperback Best Sellers, or some such thing.

Or you could just search Life As We Knew It.

Nora said...

How exciting! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

In your last commentary in your previous post, you'd mentioned Lisa being religious in a way that makes Miranda uncomfortable -- could that possibly be because of the (proposed) postpartum depression-into-psychosis(?)that Lisa's undergoing? A lot of postpartum psychosis takes a religious form. It'd be a good plotline to have, because people are only now beginning to learn about it, and it would make a good question for this book: How would someone with this condition be treated in the post-meteor world? How would those around be able to handle it? Miranda's father may not be able to, and that's why he brings Lisa back to Pennsylvania; he's always seen his wife as Superwoman (which could come out in this story as one reason for the divorce), and figures she can handle Lisa while Julie helps with Luke (Julie could've been put to work by the nuns caring for the babies and younger children orphaned by the meteor as a way to justify her presence as a "postulant" to the Georgia authorities; Miranda's dad and Lisa could've been diverted from their trek west by someone -- a chaplain, maybe, in the camps along the Missouri border who knows about Lisa's condition and that the convent in Georgia is providing care for children and pregnant women, and that's where they meet Julie). He'll expect Miranda's mom to handle this like she's handled everything else, but can she? And how will he take it if/when Lisa dies in a postpartum psychotic state?

I also think Julie will be a good religious influence; she is a Cruz, after all, and something had to have rubbed off on her.

Also, like I mentioned before, there could also be somebody -- either local or the woman Dan (possibly) brings back with him from Santa Fe -- who is into nontraditional medicine/religion, who could be a much-needed confidante for Miranda, but is a potential source of tension in the town, which will be still reeling from the horrible death of Megan's minister.

How about THIS to add to your ending: an invasion -- but of AWOL rogue military from the West, led by -- guess who -- Julie's bad seed eldest brother Carlos! Unfortunately, this may lead to Miranda getting Baby Rachel (or Eden) after all -- only not the way she'd hoped. You readers can fill in the blanks yourselves.

Just some more ideas for thought. If you ever want to continue the series and need a collaborator, I'd be perfectly willing to apply. You can already see I have plenty of ideas.

Anonymous Santa Fe

Alexa said...

Congratulations! How very exciting.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi to Nora and Anonymous Santa Fe and Alexa-

My mother went around to everyone she knows at her assisted living center until she found someone who gets the Sunday Times. So now she has a copy of her own (I recommended strongly that she put the best seller list on her refrigerator, since that way I can see it every time I visit).

Although I anticipate my friends sending me their copies, as of the moment I only have one. But it's conveniently located so I can look at it on a regular (oh heck, near constant) basis.

My mother and I agree it's a thing of beauty!

sarah said...

Congratulations for that! :) That's absolutely wonderful news.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you, Sarah. I agree!