It’s officially official:

Seraphina made the #8 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, Children’s Chapter Books division, for July 29th, 2012. I am still kind of reeling at this news.

How does that happen to a debut novel? Well, I’m sure each book has its own story to tell. The fine folks at Random House have been behind the book 100%, for which I am incredibly grateful. Thank you all so much. I also want to thank all the book bloggers, internet reviewers, and GoodReaders who read the ARC early on, liked the book, and spread the word.

YOU did this. All of you. Thank you so very much.

I do just want to add that if you look at the Picture Book list, who do you also see at #8? That’s right. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS. So, we meet again old friend! This book and mine are following each other around, it appears. It is the Summer of Dragons, some of them taco-loving, some… not. But it can’t possibly be a coincidence!!


16 Comments on “It’s officially official:”

  1. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you, as is everyone at Random House. Though it should be made clear that I am in no way the company spokesperson, just your Pacific NW rep and fan. :) Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle in August!

  2. Desiree says:

    Congrats! I read an ARC of Seraphina early on and loved it so much that I went out and bought a hardback the day it came out and immediately shoved it in my moms hands for her to read. I can’t wait for the sequel. Seraphina definitely deserves a spt on the New York Times Bestseller List!!!!

  3. Wow, big congratulations, Rachel! I am totally lame and haven’t had a chance to read SERAPHINA yet, but I have been watching the raves fly by and look forward to reading it very soon.

    I was telling another author earlier this year…you know it’s like being nominated for an Oscar, right? You’ll always be able to put that before your name now. :D “New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Hartman.” It has a nice ring to it, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

  4. P.S. Like Desiree, I also had a galley. But I also bought a hardback at ALA because a. you’re awesome and b. the book is just so gorgeous.

  5. OMG OMG OMG! Congratulations, Rachel! This is so well deserved! :D

  6. Congratulations, Mrs. Hartman! Seraphina is a wonderful book, it totally deserves a spot on The New York Times Bestselling list :D

  7. Grace says:

    Congratulations! I read an ARC of Seraphina earlier this summer and loved it. I wish that more books for young readers whould be as well-written and awesome. You’re a fantastic writer!

  8. Shane Sawyer says:

    Rachel,
    Congratulations! I’m reading Seraphina now. I read the first chapter and now have had to hide it under a pile of other books as I want to prevent myself from consuming it in one sitting. It so clearly needs to be savoured!
    I was interested in your comments about the second book curse and about that moment (all to brief!) of clarity and belief. It reminds me of something Laini Taylor has said re: her writing — about searching for, demanding, the snick – that moment of just rightness. May it come to you when you need it!
    Cheers and congratulations again.
    Shane

  9. Mera says:

    That’s right! We heard it in get the get together. Congratulations! You deserve it and more :0

  10. Chris Lemke says:

    Loved Seraphina and looking forward to the sequel . Even over 50s can enjoy your books. I loved the cover and your clever use of unusual words. Also great idea giving us a character reference list at the back of the book.


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