I’ve been wanting to post some pictures that my publisher in Germany (Fischer Verlag) sent me recently. They’ve been really great about keeping me posted on how MATCHED (which is called DIE AUSWAHL in Germany) is doing. DIE AUSWAHL has reached as high as #6 on the German bestseller lists which is amazing!
The picture above shows the lovely Fischer team (including Julia, Carla, and Christina) in Frankfurt, standing in front of what is apparently called a “Flashmob.” They put this big outdoor display up in one of the squares in the city to help launch the book. If you look closely, you can see the cover on the flashmob behind them. Isn’t that awesome? (And aren’t they all so lovely?)
And this is a picture they sent me of the display in a German bookstore. Love. I’m so grateful to the team at Fischer and also to my other foreign publishers for all their hard work on translating, publicizing, and promoting the book.
I also wanted to mention the end (sob!) of the Breathless Reads tour, which happened last weekend in Raleigh. I have done the cross-country flight with kids (from NY to UT, NY to Seattle, and back) many times. I always think traveling alone without tiny people and their cargo is such a luxury. But then I travel with myself and I realize how much like a small child I am. I always want a snack! I forgot something (my camera)! I need to go to the bathroom again! I spilled my drink! (My steamed milk from Starbucks. So embarrassing, especially because people were like, “What was that?” and I said, “Steamed milk” and tried to act as though people order that all the time from Starbucks. I like it, okay?) But at least I didn’t cry when I spilled it. Ha.
Because of the forgotten camera, I have only this picture of the Raleigh trip (e-mailed to me by the lovely Heather Macbeth, who also brought me a jar of barbecue sauce, which was awesome). But not only does it show Heather, who was so sweet to come, it also shows the awesome bookshelves at Quail Ridge Books and Music. What a great indie store. It was really wonderful to get to see all these fantastic indie stores while were were on tour.
The crowd was fantastic–many of them had driven several hours to be there. I got to see my college roommate Abby (love Abby!) and Rebecca, the sister of another of my college roommates, and also many people I’d “met” via twitter, etc. (Corey!) but never in real life. Thank you all so much for coming and supporting the Breathless Reads Tour! My fellow authors, as always, were hilarious and funny and awesome on the panel and before/after. We got to have dinner together as kind of a finale and it was really bittersweet. I will miss getting to see these ladies and talk with them.
I’ve also responded to all the comments on the past two posts. Thank you very much for your comments and for reading my books even though I am the kind of person who repeatedly loses/forgets her camera and spills things at airports.