BREAKING NEWS! Tommy Newberry’s The 4:8 Principle debuts on New York Times at #3. TKA has three other Times bestsellers in month of September.
Perhaps a little-known fact is that within the publishing community, The New York Times sends out their upcoming list ten days before the printed one appears in the paper. This emailed list goes out to subscribed publishing companies, who hover anxiously over their authors’ performances. So every Wednesday afternoon, agents, authors and editors stew over the week’s anticipated list. Authors who are currently featured calculate the chances of rising or staying on. Authors with big new releases hope and pray that they’ll make the list at all.
Nerves can grow pretty frayed on late Wednesday for all involved. Last evening was one such time for TKA and its agents.
My family and I were having dinner—at a wonderful Madison restaurant that must have a supernatural smokescreen, one that disrupts all cell and Blackberry coverage. It’s a “Zero Bars” establishment, so to speak. (Well, apart from the bar within the restaurant.) Anyway, over the course of dinner, Jud and I would alternate taking my blackberry “above ground”—AKA upstairs—in order to check email for the week’s list. We knew from watching Bookscan that Tommy Newberry had a good shot at hitting The Times. We also realized that 90 MINUTES would likely stay on, as would Karen Marie Moning’s DARKFEVER mass market.
Finally, far later than usual, the big news came via Tommy’s agent Pamela Harty (who at one point had told me the wait was killing her.) And it was massive news indeed: Tommy’s 4:8 Principle had debuted on the NY TIMES at #3!!! A huge start for this new book. Meanwhile, 90 MINUTES had remained at #2, and Karen at #19. In short, TKA had set an all-time agency record for itself: In the month of September, we had four agency-placed titles on the NY Times list, the most we’d ever had in a single month! Heaven is Real had appeared for three weeks, topping at #13.
Four bestsellers in one month. Two titles at the very top of the list!
It’s a huge time for celebration as The Knight Agency hits a whole new level itself. Join us for a cyber toast. Here’s to making more bestsellers in the future, both with current clients and future ones!