Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Some Good News...And More Water

I've had several pieces of good news this past week:

First, What Remains of Heaven has been nominated for Romantic Times' Best Historical Mystery of 2009 award.

Then, I learned that What Angels Fear and Why Mermaids Sing are both going back to press. This makes the fourth printing for Angels, which is pretty neat since it shows the series is continuing to pick up new readers--and has made my publisher happy.

And, best of all, I've learned that the first month sales of the hardcover release of What Remains of Heaven were almost double last year's sales of Where Serpents Sleep! So in a publishing environment where "flat is the new up," my sales are UP up.

As for the rain... New Orleans has now recorded 21.2 inches of rain for the month of December. According to the weather service, that total is the most ever to fall in a single month in the New Orleans area since 1947, when the service started keeping records at the airport. It even exceeds the total for the month of May 1995, when New Orleans had their big rain-induced flood. Of course, most of that rain fell in something like 12 hours, so this isn't nearly so bad. But then, we're still only halfway through the month, and the ground is beyond saturated.


I was planning to go Christmas shopping today. Not happening!


Charles Gramlich said...

We've had more rain too. Got a pond in our backyard. Congrats on all the good news, though. That's wonderful.

Lainey said...

Congrats! Great news. Wondering if maybe the What Remains of Heaven cover was a net positive after all?

21+ inches of rain in 2 weeks is indeed reason for concern in New Orleans terrain .

RevMelinda said...

Congratulations on all the good news! It is so well earned--of course "Heaven" IS the best historical mystery of 2009, and the previous books of the series are just as strong. Kudos to you and may lots more good news come your way in 2010!

Barbara Martin said...

Steve and I were right about your books taking off. Congrats on the publishing end.

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Keira Soleore said...

What fab news!! Many, many congratulations!

cs harris said...

Charles, Thank you. I'm wondering if our backyard will ever dry out. I think we need to do something about the drainage.

Lainey, thanks! I'm afraid whether the cover had anything to do with the sales or not, NAL will be convinced it did. Sigh.

RevMelinda, thank you! It's always wonderful to hear from people wholikeSebastian.

Thank you, Barbara. I'm trying to use the sales to convince NAL to reverse their decision about the format of the next book.

Keira, thank you!

And our rain has FINALLY stopped! It's now cold, but sunny.

orannia said...

Congratulations Candy on the nomination, the reprinting and the sales! Fantastic news! Fingers crossed you and your publisher can reach an acceptable compromise WRT the format of the next book!

I'm 30 pages (yes, exactly :) from the end of What Remains In Heaven. I have to wait until lunchtime to finish it...so much going on!

And I'm glad the rain has stopped :)

Steve Malley said...

That's GREAT news! :D

Rachel Walsh said...

Congratulations! I just finished What Remains of Heaven, and it's not hard to see why sales are up - a brilliant, suspenseful read!

Farin said...

Just finished What Remains of Heaven. It was so well worth the wait--perfectly twisted and extremely difficult to put down, as always. Please tell me something good will happen to Sebastian in the next book! I thought I felt for him at the end of Why Mermaids Sing, but after everything that happened, I'm worried!

Kate S said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news about your books (not so wonderful about the water.) :)

cs harris said...

Orannia, I'm not holding out much hope on the format change. They're very hot to trot on trade paperback originals for some reason.

Steve, good news is alway nice.

Rachel, thank you. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed Heaven.

Farin, I'm a former romance writer, remember? I'm a big believer in happily ever after.

Kate S, thank you!

Susan/DC said...

I think the higher sales for "What Remains of Heaven" and the additional press runs of the earlier books show that the series has only got better as it goes on and that, once readers begin the series, they are hooked. I know I spend an inordinate amount of time on various book review/discussion websites talking about the series, debating Hero versus Kat as love interest, deconstructing the mysteries, etc. That level of engagement from so many readers appears to be translating into sales, which is a Very Good Thing.

Barbara Caridad Ferrer said...

Congrats, Candy! Both on the nomination and most especially on the reprinting and the higher sales numbers.

In a year where publishing has been in a constant state of kerfluffle, it's really heartening to see this.

Rick said...

Congratulations on such good news! You're going to keep me feeling upbeat right through the holidays with news like this.

cs harris said...

Susan, thanks for all you do. Nothing sells books like word of mouth.

Barbara, thank you.

Rick, I just heard some more good news, although this isn't about me--a good friend just had her first album released. It's been a long time coming.