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Sunday, December 17, 2006


I am just reeling with this (my book rank). I got to #1,500 last night, at 3 a.m., according to one of Ned’s colleagues who is always up. 1,500! That’s practically Today Show numbers! WTF?? It’s just my little old story, about my darlings!

I think Wendy is right. She told me that Amazon is doing some kind of email promotion of certain books, and that she had gotten an email announcing that my paperback was now available. That would explain why the Barnes and Noble sales are lagging. Right now, 11:21 a.m. on Sunday, 12/17, Making Peace with Autism is the number 45 Parenting book on Amazon!!!! Very weird for me, because number 35 currently is The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Child, Birth to Five. That book was the one I used to tell me definitively that Nat was not developing typically. Laura gave it to me when she was a med student, shortly after that very difficult Passover when Nat was 2 and Max was tiny. Oy, vey.

I just wonder what my publisher is going to do about it. I’ve been a little ticked at them, even though they were so good to me with the initial release of the hardcover (they got me a publicist for three months, unheard of for a first-time author, who got me on the Today show for one thing). They told me they would not try to push the paperback before Christmas, because it would be “like shouting into a black hole.” I went and got five producers interested in stories right away, just be emailing them, however; one of the shows will be on this Tuesday morning, WCAI, Cape Cod and Islands NPR. The other producer chose a different family, as I said yesterday; two of the others are considering at the moment; and the fifth producer, from a very big show which I will not mention for fear of jinxing it, is interested in talking to me in January. Some black hole. If that’s a black hole, then what are all those stars and planets so afraid of out there in outer space? Jeez! Just imagine what Shambhala could have gotten if they had tried in the last two weeks!!! I’m sorry; I love them, but it pisses me off. And maybe now I can afford to be a bit of an Author Diva, no?

But I won’t be. I’m too nice, right? Right??? 😉


never say never to an autism parent.

— added by enna id on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 1:35 pm

Awesome Susan! I am so very happy for ya girl! Tomorrow I am going to go to Borders Book Store and pick up a copy as well! I know this is a great, no wait, awesome book. When I do get it I will post a picture on the blog and write about it:)

— added by KC's Blog on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 12:13 am

I had to put it on the shortlist at the big box where I work. Can’t beleive they didn’t have it. Grrrr!

— added by Anonymous on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 8:37 am

I did a some driving this weekend to visit family and friends. I stopped in three Barnes & Noble stores, for Starbucks. While in each store I asked for your book. Not one carried it. In the first store I left quietly, in the last two I asked for the manager.

— added by Mike on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 8:55 am

Congratulations Susan! Excellent sales, rankings, interest…and well-deserved!

— added by n.b. on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 8:56 am

My mom called me last night and was very excited that there was a “new” autism book on the market. She got the same email from Amazon. 🙂 (she’s a sucker for autism books and probably has a bigger collection than I do)

— added by Wendy on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 10:42 am

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