Late entry today, as I’ve been doing two things. The first: getting my car inspected. The second: trying to process the fact that Just Listen hit the New York Times Bestseller list at #5.
Oh.My.God. People: this is insane. So much so that I’ve been scared to even write it, for fear that it is some big joke and I’ll end up looking like an idiot. But after being assured by several people who I trust, it is finally beginning to sink in.
I found out last night. My husband and I had just come out of a restaurant, where we’d had a quick dinner before my signing at Quail Ridge in Raleigh. We got into the car, and his phone rang. While he was talking, I checked my phone and saw I had a message. It was from my publicist, saying she had good news and to call her. “Pull over,” I said to my husband, who was still talking to someone about ducts and smoke detectors, typical contractor stuff. “What?” he mouthed. “Pull over!” I said, and he did, and I jumped out into the parking lot of this strip mall, somehow dialed Penguin’s number, and got the wonderful Allison, who told me the news. I literally shrieked (scaring some people coming out of a nearby yogurt shop), I was that surprised. Holy pajamas, as my friend Courtney would say. In fact, I still can’t believe it now.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who came out and bought the book. If I could make each one of you cupcakes (or deviled eggs!) I totally would. As that would be really time consuming, however—plus the shipping would be a total nightmare—I’ll just say that I am so grateful to all of you, and the incredible booksellers who believed in this book. Not to mention everyone at Penguin and Viking Children’s Books, who worked so hard to get it out to you. Sitting here, I am at a rare loss for words, no joke. I don’t even know how I can thank you enough. So I’ll just do it once more: thank you.
*takes deep breath*
Okay. I needed that. And now, I’m bolting out the door for more domestic errands. Tomorrow, I promise, back to your regularly scheduled TV-pop culture innanity. (And for those of you who were upset I hadn’t talked about Gilmore Girls yet, I promise I will. But in sum: that was not enough Jess for me. Never enough!)