Saturday, January 08, 2011

Odd Times

In a short while I should hear how well Frostfire did with its release week sales. I have been asked if/where I think my novel might land on the lists, and that's a tough question. Shadowlight, debuted at #17 on the Times mass market, and Dreamveil made the extended list at #26, but that doesn't guarantee anything.

New release-wise, January has always been a lucky month for me, but most of the time titles that were released in December roll over onto the lists. I just took a look at the Times mass market, and nearly all of the listers are Big Names with huge bestsellers (very tough competition for yours truly.) There has been lots of positive buzz about Frostfire, and I know many of you have gotten your readers, family and friends to buy the novel, which I appreciate more than I can say. It's also the third novel in a series, and that's the point where you start losing new-to-you readers, so believe me, every sale helps.

Basically, though, I have no idea how well it will do. My non-psychic intuition tells me (in keeping with the other stuff that's already happened in 2011) that this book's performance is going to be odd. Odd-good or odd-bad, I can't say. Could go in either direction.

But we should have some fun with it, so let's have another Times Pool. In comments to this post, tell me if you think my novel Frostfire will make the NY Times mass market bestseller list. If you don't, simply put "no" (and you won't hurt my feelings if you vote no.) If you do, put "yes" and guess at what number it will appear on the list or the extended list (that would be a number between 1 and 30.)

Once the Times lists for the week of January 23rd are released (I believe that's the list I have a shot at), I will close the pool, announce how Frostfire did (or didn't) do, and award the person who guessed correctly a BookWish*. If more than one person posts the correct guess, I will put all of the names of those who are correct in the magic hat and draw one at random to be the winner.

This pool is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

*A BookWish is any book of your choice available to order from an online bookseller, up to a maximum cost of $30.00 U.S. (I'll throw in whatever shipping is involved.)

58 comments:

  1. I am no good at these things, but I'm gonna take a wild guess and say YES, & it will be on the list at lucky number 13! :)

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  2. yes and I'm going with 21.

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  3. Yes. #15. I think this is the number I guessed last year, too. I'm quite predictable. : )

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  4. #22 jumped into my head, so I'll go with that.

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  5. That's such a cool giveaway, Lynn! :) Hmm, let's see...I'm going to guess #7. Best of luck!!

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  6. I say...yes at 29.

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  7. Tamith12:55 AM

    Yes, and I'm betting on #17, but hoping it goes higher. :)

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  8. Kris S.1:37 AM

    Yes, it will and I'm going to say 22. That was the first number that popped into my yarn-tangled mind.

    Toes crossed for excellent news.

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  9. Yes and I'm going with number 12!

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  10. Hmm, of course it will, but at what number? I'll say #17 for no other reason than it's my older son's age...for the moment :).

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  11. Anonymous2:21 AM

    yes - 15

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  12. #24. (Though if it's 19, I'm gonna kick myself.)

    And good luck!

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  13. Yes. I think... 10.

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  14. Yes, and #25 is calling my name. Good luck! I hope it goes even higher!

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  15. I'd say yes, and choose #28! :)

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  16. Anonymous7:41 AM

    Yes - #18. :)
    Best of luck!
    JohannaS

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  17. Of course it will. If Dreamveil came in at 26 and Shadowlight was 17, I'm betting Frostfire will hit at #12. =o)

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  18. bluebamboo8:18 AM

    Joining those who say yes at #17. :)

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  19. Anonymous8:45 AM

    yes, the fates agree, #11 is for you!
    Kathy

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  20. Stephanie St.Clair9:10 AM

    Yes. I say #11.

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  21. the 17th is my birthday, and it's always been lucky for me. so, yes, of course! and #17.

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  22. Anonymous10:58 AM

    I have just finished Frostfire and LOVED it! I'm saying yes and #14 on the list.

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  23. Yes...and first number in my head was 15, so I'll go with it.

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  24. I say yes, and I'll go with 25, although honestly I think it'll be higher...

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  25. Yes! Muah haa haa, I've already read the uncorrected proof and it rocks! LOL.

    14.

    Go Lynn!

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  26. Tammy S11:47 AM

    I'll say yes and at #11.

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  27. I say yes and pick 27

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  28. 15. Definitely I think 15.

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  29. I say "Yes" and the first number to pop into my head was 18...go Lynn go...

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  30. Don't put me in the draw when I'm right, right being #14.

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  31. ClaireCherven3:12 PM

    YES! And I believe it will be at # 23.

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  32. I say yes and think you'll hit #16.

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  33. I think that yes, at number 23.

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  34. Susanne6:37 PM

    yes and I pick 28 !

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  35. Yes, and the number 14 strikes me.

    - Raven

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  36. Yes! and my guess is 27.

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  37. Yes and I pick 14

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  38. I'm thinking #9.

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  39. Not playing, but I'm betting on odd-good!

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  40. I say definitely yes! I'm not as sure of the number, but I'm going to go with #15. :)

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  41. Yes at #15

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  42. Susan W12:44 AM

    My pick is lucky #13.

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  43. Anonymous1:29 AM

    Yes, 30

    WinterFall

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  44. Anonymous5:20 PM

    I vote YES, I don't know the # but I would put it higher than Shadowlight but I am a HUGE Fan!

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  45. I said 20 kinda between the first two. I just finished it this weekend and loved it but have tons more questions now :)

    Reese

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  46. Yes it will!!! I must guess lucky #13.

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  47. I say #7. :-)

    Hugs,
    Nina

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  48. Yes, 16. :-) I bought it on Friday and finished it by the next night. Loved it!

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  49. Yes, of course it will, around #16 I think. I'm saving my copy for maternity leave, so I can read it all at once with as little interruption as possible.

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  50. LaurieF7:30 PM

    Going with Yes and #14. Great series and I think the cover will make a difference. It will catch the attention of those who don't already know how good the series is. Best cover in the series so far! P.S I bought the book too!

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  51. Anonymous3:51 AM

    Yes and I'm going to guess #8!!!The cover alone drew me in I'm sure others will be too. All of your books so far have been a non stop marathon read for me so I should think that would get it in the top 10 at the least.

    JenO
    Victoria BC

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