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SO! I am back from my amazing, wonderful, and insanely fun whirlwind of a US tour!

…And I’ll be off on my UK/Ireland/Germany tour in a few days (but I’ll get to that later).

Cary NC eventIt was SUCH a delight to meet so many Throne of Glass readers across America—and if you went to one of my events, THANK YOU for coming! (And a special shout-out to everyone who brought me hand-written letters and fan-art… You guys are incredible.) I’ll be honest: most of the time, I was pinching myself because… Jesus, I was on my freaking book tour. What a dream come true—especially when it was So. Much. Fun.

Along the way, I went to Dragon*Con, which was a blast, especially when Sooz and I wore our Star Wars Kessel Run costumes, and (okay, excuse my bragging) the dude who runs the Official Star Wars Twitter account stopped us in the middle of the floor, told us our costume was one of the BEST he’d seen at the entire convention, and then asked to take our picture for the twitter account. I didn’t even believe it actually happened (seriously, our costume cost us like $40 each), but then we saw THIS the next day:

Star Wars

So…my geeky soul was 100% blown away by that.

Waffle HouseAfter Dragon*Con, Sooz and I met up with our lovely friend, Erin Bowman, to go up to the Smoky Mountains for our annual Hero Squad Retreat. By that point, I was actually sick from the first leg of my tour—I mean coughing/fever/dying on the couch sick—and couldn’t even appreciate/devour the blueberry pie we bought from the local farmer’s stand (if you know me you’ll understand that only TRUE ILLNESS will keep me from food. The Waffle House pic on the right was taken mere hours before I started dying).

And once we got to the mountain house and chilled for a day or so, something awesome happened.

I’m pretty sure I was lying on the couch, watching something (I have no memory of what, either due to sickness or what was about to happen next), when my phone rang.

And…it was my lovely publisher at Bloomsbury USA.

Who told me that Crown of Midnight had debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list.

There are three things I’ll always remember about that moment:

1) Bursting into tears. Like, hysterical, laughing, can’t-breathe-fast-enough sobbing. The kind you get when the news is better than you ever dared hope, and holy shit this is REAL, and you don’t think you’re actually hearing things right but you ARE, and HOLY SHIT.

2) Looking over from where I was sobbing on the couch to see that Sooz and Erin were also crying—that Sooz was actually calling her MOM to tell her the good news. Being able to share that moment with them was one of the most wonderful things that ever happened to me, and something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. None of this stuff is worth anything if you don’t have someone to celebrate with, and guys… I can’t tell you what it meant to have them there--to finally have people like them in my life.

3) In my insane joy, I declared to my Publisher that as soon as I hung up, I was going to take off all my clothes and jump naked into the crawfish-infested lake outside the house. True story. (And something that didn’t happen, as sickness/common sense/too much crying got in the way.)

I don’t remember wtf happened for the rest of the day. Again, sickness or elation gets in the way. (Maybe we watched Dredd to celebrate?) But I remember waking up the next morning to a text Sooz sent me in the middle of the night (I’d gone to bed early, thanks to having the Plague), saying that Crown of Midnight was also a USA Today bestseller.

I seriously had to read her text like 10 times before staggering into the living room and demanding if it was true. But then I got the confirmation email from my publisher, and…then I found out Crown of Midnight was also a Publishers' Weekly bestseller, and…

Veronica and I are going to get married on top of a mountainLet’s just say it was a really, really good week. We climbed a mountain the next day, and…I’ll leave you to interpret that on your own, but I will say that standing at the summit with my two best friends, the whole world spread before us, was every bit as peaceful and empowering as you can imagine. (Despite the fact that I pretty much wheezed/coughed/lurched my way up the mountain.)

After I left Sooz and Erin, I went back on the road for my tour, met some incredible readers and visited some remarkable schools, and found out that Crown of Midnight stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for another week. Which was just…insane.

This is getting to be a long post, and I want to jump to the heart of it before I ramble on too long. Because the whole point of this post is to say THANK YOU. To show you that hitting those bestseller lists wasn’t just some random thing that I celebrated for a minute and then forgot—it was this amazing, overwhelming, life-changing thing and so beyond anything I’d ever dreamed of happening. And the ONLY REASON IT HAPPENED IS BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS.

Because YOU went out and bought the book and told people to read it and championed it and…and all of this is thanks to you.

So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart—my soul—THANK YOU. I don’t have the words to describe my gratitude, and maybe I never will, but… thank you.

I’m going back on the road in a few days—to the UK, Ireland, and Germany—which is another dream come true (you can see some of my schedule here.). Honestly, I think when you wish and hope and work for something every single day for so, so many years, when all this amazing stuff finally happens, it doesn’t feel real. I don’t think I’ve properly processed most of it yet. Maybe I won’t until I get back from my tour, and then all of this will finally sink in.

So, again, because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop saying it… Thank you. I have the best readers in the world. (IN THE GALAXY!)


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Sep. 24th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
I justified buying your book because it was around same amount as a Chipotle meal and oh yeah, because YOU ARE AMAZING AND DESERVE ALL THE SUCCESS AND WAFFLES AND HOT MEN IN THE WORLD. <333
Sep. 24th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
I am so happy for you! I love this series and it's great to see the books have so much success. Congrats!I can't wait to read more of your work! :)
Sep. 24th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)

I can't imagine how you are feeling right now. It is SUCH a dream come true!

You're as big an inspiration to me as JK Rowling is, and if you knew how big a Potthead I am, you know I don't say that lightly <3

Enjoy the moment -- I'm sure it's not your last. This is just the beginning ;) (Just so you know how legit my clairvoyant spidey senses are, I predicted that about Rowling too when her first book came out, and look how right I was :P Hehehe)
Sep. 24th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)

So, I believe this is an I told you so, of the best kind ;)

Congrats, Sarah, you deserve it!
Sep. 24th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Then again, an awesome book is going to get awesome consequences, so this is not at all surprising.
Am happy for you. Loved the book, and am currently reading Crown of Midnight.
Sep. 24th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
I was freaking out when I heard the news too!!!! And it was so well-deserved. Crown of Midnight was so #%*\ing amazing. I could not put it down. I was shaking reading half of it, sobbing and laughing through the rest and falling ten times more in love with Chaol than ever before. I've been in a serious book slump since reading it which I consider a good and bad thing. I'm already ready to re-read it! I am so happy you're enjoying your amazing journey. You've worked your ass off for this!!!! Love every second!!!

Sep. 24th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats! If anyone deserves this, it's you. I devoured Crown of Midnight in less than 24 hours, it was so amazing!
Tamara Lalaa
Sep. 24th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sarah, no need we all must thank YOU for creating the TOG and COM, and also for inspiring many. However I find it extremely fun to be your fan, I'm gonna be in London's Comic-con (screech)I'm SOOO excited!!!! I hope you get ready to celebrate your future achievements because to have you as an author, is like having Celaena+Chaol as a leader...awesome! Congrats :)
Sep. 24th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
So SO happy for you, Sarah! Congratulations again! :)
Sep. 25th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
Your posts always make me cry happy tears! You are an amazing author and person. I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to meet you earlier this summer, and I'm glad that fans in Europe will have that opportunity as well. I love reading about your friendship with Susan and how you involve all of us in your epic Twitter convos. They never fail to make me smile (and makes me hopeful that one day I'll find my true best friend, too!) I'm also amazed how the two of you are writing the Starkillers Cycle and allowing us readers to read it online for free! That's so incredibly generous and sweet of both of you, something no reader would ever expect writers to do. You completely spoil us!

Congratulations on hitting ALL OF THE LISTS. You completely deserve it, and I am so happy for you! I'm also delighted that this probably means tons of more books to come for us readers!
Sep. 25th, 2013 05:54 am (UTC)
Go you!!! And those Ninja turtle shirts, haha awesome!

Ps. The facebook link doesn't seem to work :)
Sep. 25th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
I cannot even fathom being in your shoes--I know I would probably be crying and wildly jumping for joy. That is quite an accomplishment. I'm sure I can speak for all your FP fans when I say congrats!
Sep. 26th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Finding and reading your novellas last summer and reading Throne of Glass when it came out was a major windfall for me. I absolutely LOVED your writing from page one of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, and I had the best time reading your wonderful, exciting stories - and going on to read your blog, discover Pub(lishing) Crawl, Susan Dennard and her books, and Pinterest.

I was sad to read that you're leaving Pub(lishing) Crawl and I'll miss your posts there (especially your open mic posts with Sooz!) but it's obvious that you have some tremendous, wonderful things ahead of you - so big congratulations, Sarah! :)

The other thing I wanted to say was that I'm not 100% sure of this yet, but I MAY come to your event in Bath on the 6th October, which is only just a week away ... eek! I really hope I can make it. We'll see. Anyway, have a blast while you're over here and enjoy your well-deserved success!
Kate Marie
Sep. 27th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations on making the NY Times bestseller list!! (and also making it up a mountain while sick... kudos!)

I came across Throne of Glass on Amazon searching for some badass heroines and am so fortunate to have stumbled upon Celaena. Thank you for giving us a heroine who can not only kick butt, but also eat like a 16 year old water polo player hitting his growth spurt and throw on a crystal encrusted gown or a pair of trousers.

I preordered Crown of Midnight as soon as I saw it online and waited on the edge of my seat until midnight and refreshed my kindle app until I saw it appear. I finished before dawn and have reread it several times (with all the others) trying to search for clues for what is next while enjoying all the little bits and pieces I missed while tearing through the stories the first time or two.

This post gives me hope that hard work (a few well placed wishes) and determination can really pay off in the long run. I can't wait to see what's next!
Sep. 27th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see you in Ireland! I am abroad for the semester and am SO EXCITED that I am able to see you in Dublin :) Congratulations on your U.S. tour and #5 on the bestseller list! Can't believe it!
Sep. 28th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats! You deserve it =)
Nicole Blanchard
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
I am SO SO happy for you! I'm doing many happy dances for you. I reread your entries from the beginning and you've come so far. A true testament to perseverance. Congratulations!
Ariel On
Oct. 21st, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
So proud of you Sarah!!

...and so, so, so proud and honoured to be your fan for the longest time!!

You and your story has a special place in my heart and this will never change.

I am so happy for you! Hope the UK Tour is as fantastic!
Julia Bornikowska
Nov. 12th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Love you and your books abour celaena i'm just soon finishing the last of novels but i'm not ready to see sam dying :/ i think i'm about to stop reading now as i'm on chapter 5 and let sam live forever in my mind because it's so unfair for him to die :( i hope that crown of midnight isn't the last book about celaena because i'd miss her too much! :)
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