You people amaze me. I feel honored to be associated with you. The online community has great power to do good, and yesterday you did a lot of good for Rob Wells. He posted last night on Facebook that he felt a little like George Bailey, and I can see why.
I checked Variant's Amazon ranking on Wednesday night before I posted my contest post. It was listed at #7,643--which is not bad for a debut national hardcover. Last night, when I went to bed--just a little over 24 hours later--Variant was at #56.
#56!!!!! That is more than a 10,000% increase! Rob Wells surged up the Teen sub-lists as well, ending up well into the Top Ten company of Suzanne Collins, Christopher Paolini, and Stephenie Meyer. Finally, Variant ended the night at #1 on Amazon's "Movers and Shakers" list.
Any book that breaks into Amazon's Top 100 gets noticed and has great potential to gain sales momentum, so your purchases have helped in more than one way. HUGE thanks to all of you for every hardcover purchased, every Kindle edition downloaded, every post and tweet and plurk. You made a difference.
Counting up the contest numbers this morning, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for your generosity. Some of you chose to email me your report, feeling shy about posting in public. That's fine; if you did that, I happily included your entries. Altogether, I counted almost 200 entries, which floors me. When I came up with the contest idea on Wednesday evening, I didn't know whether anyone would enter. I wondered whether the $50 I would put toward the grand prize would be better spent on just buying four more copies of the book.
Um, no. Participants in this contest bought a whopping 104 copies of Variant--and those are just the folks who reported to me. I know that your spreading the word generated many, many more sales. Thank you. I am near tears as I type this. Thank you.
Now, to announce the winners! I used the random number generator at RANDOM.org and came up with the following results:
The Grand Prize winner of a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate is Karen Merrell!
The Runner-up Prize winners of a signed copy of my cookbook Comfortably Yum are
Emily M, who contributes at Segullah!
Congratulations! And thanks again to all who entered. Winners, I will email you privately for your addresses.
Now that the Book Bomb is over, there is more you can do. Read the book and post your reviews of it on GoodReads, LibraryThing, and Amazon. Choose it to discuss in your book groups. Recommend it to your librarians and the English teachers at your middle and high schools as a great book for reluctant readers--especially boys. And above all, continue to pray that Rob finds complete and lasting relief from his Severe Panic Disorder soon, so that his life can get back to normal.
All yesterday, as I saw Rob's numbers rise, I thought about what Camilla Kimball said often, "Never suppress a generous impulse." Bless you all for taking her words to heart and living them.