Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Best Seller.....again!

January 13, 2015
Hi, All!
    I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season -- and that the new year has started off as you hoped it would.
     I'm posting today because I found out something that surprised me yesterday -- and made me mighty happy.  I was told Shell Games has once again landed on some Best Seller lists!  In the very "different and unpredictable" world of publishing, it is not always easy to know what is going on.  Shell Games was a runaway success when it was first published but, as is the case with most books, popularity eventually wanes.  Therefore, I was surprised, and positively giddy, when I received the following news yesterday afternoon:

Best Sellers Rank:  Shell Games -
         #74 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Regional U.S. > Midwest
                  #88 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People >  Social Activists

     I'm not sure why Shell Games is so popular once again.  I do know that many "history organizations" have discovered the book.  At the same time, biographies are the #1 selling category of books right now, and Shell Games definitely also falls into that category.
     Also, recently an incredibly talented designer, Mary Falchney, who owns and operates a company called "Fabfusions," created a line of purses "themed" around famous and important American women -- and she did a wonderful line of purses about the book and Pearl McGill; national sales of the purses, too, may be sparking interest.  I've recently had several people ask me where they can purchase the Shell Games/Pearl McGill purses.  There are several places, but the easiest for most people would be on ETSY.com, which is an amazing site for all sorts of wonderful items.  All one would have to do is go to the ETSY.com site and type in the name of the company, "Fabfusions," into the search box, and the purses should be in with the other items in that store.  In the meantime, I'll provide with this post pictures of a

couple of the purses so that all can see what they look like.  It's a genuine thrill for an author when a product is created related to his/her work, and I absolutely love what the designer did with the purses.
     Whatever is happening in terms of renewed interest in Shell Games, I'm thrilled.  It is one thing for an author to hear a book has hit Best Seller lists after it comes out; it is another thing entirely when the book suddenly pops back up in popularity again later on.  All in all, this is really great -- and I can't stop smiling today.  Ah, I do love the "different and unpredictable" world of publishing.....
     Another subject:  I'm closing in on finishing another book, but I'm not at liberty to say much about it yet.  My deadline for finishing the manuscript is later this spring, so I'll be posting information about it when I can.  I will say this much for now: I believe it will be of great interest to a HUGE number of people!  That is all I'll say at this time.
     Happy reading!