Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories sold a lot of copies in January. Like, a lot more than usual. But neither my publisher or I could figure out why. As it turned out, the buyers were libraries, and it was because of this:
Booklist’s 2010 Editors Choice List came out in January, and yay! Diana Comet was listed in it. And it was listed under the category “Adult Books for Teen Readers,” which makes me very happy. Several of the stories have young adult protagonists, black and white, and I like to think the book’s spirit of adventure (the prologue begins on a sailing ship, with not-quite-subtle references to the to The Flying Nun)(as well as rescuing books for the Yiddish Book Center) speaks to all ages.
Huge thanks to Booklist. I’m pleased to be in august company with the likes of Jasper Fforde, Carl Hiassen, Suzanne Collins and more. Library support is crucial to a small book and Booklist can make that happen. Huge thanks to Lethe Press, for taking on a book with seemingly little commercial appeal and then getting it into the hands of readers.
This Editor’s Choice, the original Booklist starred review, the ALA Over the Rainbow designation, the 2010 Rainbow Award, the Locus Recommended Reading List and the great reviews in Lambda Literary, Out in Print and EDGE have all been lovely. The initial boost by Hal Duncan and Leslea Newman (Heather has Two Mommies) was crucial as well, as was Small Beer Press’s support at Wiscon last year and Strange Horizons’ publishing of the initial Diana Comet story.