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Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters (July 1-15)

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1ablachly
Jul 1, 2008, 12:37pm Top

Join us here to talk to Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters. She'll be on LibraryThing to discuss her work and answer questions through July 15th.

2DevourerOfBooks
Jul 1, 2008, 12:42pm Top

Meg, congratulations on the great reception your book has gotten on LibraryThing (and I'm assuming other places as well). I managed to get ahold of a copy and it is near the top of my teetering TBR pile, but unfortunately I don't think I'll get to it quick enough for your discussion here.

3megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 1, 2008, 12:59pm Top

Thank you, Devourer! It's been just an amazing experience for me to watch readers respond to The Wednesday Sisters on LT. As an author, the weeks before a novel releases can be such an anxious time. You wonder if anyone will sit with your book at the literary lunch table. I think I've thanked Katie O'Callaghan at Ballantine Books, who was the one who put the ARCs in the Early Reviewer program, about a million times. The way the news about the book is spreading from here into the blog world and beyond is so wonderful. I just heard this morning, in fact, that it is already going into a second printing! I'm pretty much dancing on my desktop over that news, still in my pjs!

4klarusu
Jul 1, 2008, 1:43pm Top

Hiya Meg, I recognise you from our Group Reads - Lit group. Now you're on author chat and it's like you've become a different entity ;) Tee Hee. So, do you find it a rewarding experience being an LT member and a listed author? I've always wished that more authors I read would appear here because I would gain vicarious pleasure from browsing their cyber shelves. I haven't had the opportunity to read your book yet, but certainly will track down a copy here in the UK now I've seen the star rating you got here (so the ARC copies are a good thing!). I'm not one for reading reviews 'til after I've read them.

5megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 1, 2008, 2:37pm Top

I love Group Reads! I am touting LT everywhere these days, in large part because it's one of the few places in the world where I can say Middlemarch (one of my very favorite books in the world) without people rolling their eyes.

I was definitely a reader long before I was a writer - and in fact am a writer because I'm a reader. So it's lovely to have this warm fuzzy place where I can come as a reader and share my excitement about books with others.

And I don't like to read reviews before I've read a book, either. I like to come to them with an open mind. I do like to hear what others are reading though. It so often leads me to books I might not have found on my own.

6tapestry100
Jul 1, 2008, 8:58pm Top

Hi Meg!

This right here is one of the things that I love about LT the most. A place where we can talk to authors directly. About their books, what they're reading right now, whatever. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!!

So, just out of curiosity, how has The Wednesday Sisters done since its release in general? I'm assuming that it has had a favorable response so far, as it seems to be getting great reviews at both Amazon and B&N.com, and deservedly so. Like I've said before, this is a great book you've written. I've recommended it to several of my friends here.

7klarusu
Jul 2, 2008, 6:41am Top

I've always had the slight impression that I might be just a little bit 'special' when it comes to books ... LT made me realise that there are many other 'special' people out there too - I can now shout at my husband 'I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT LINES UP MY BOOKS!'. There will be no eye-rolling here!

So, book-related question. Was it difficult to break into the world of published writing? I often think that it's almost as daunting thinking about how to get a book published as it is to complete writing one!

Hmmmm, and have you ever got over the excitement of doing websearches for yourself and turning up books on Amazon? I think, if it were me, I would look myself up at least once a day ;)

8megwaiteclayton
Jul 2, 2008, 11:44am Top

#6 David, I confess I hesitate to say anything at all about The Wednesday Sisters sales so far, for fear of jinxing myself. (I am definitely supersticous when it comes to my writing.) But I have been told that Ballantine is "ecstatic" about the early numbers they've gotten, and the news that they've just gone back for a second printing - after only two weeks! - is great. So I definitely have fingers and toes crossed, and am eying my hair to see if it's long enough to braid.

And thank you for recommending it! That word of mouth is so important to any book.

9megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 2, 2008, 11:59am Top

#7 Klarausu, I keep mine alphabetized, with 1st editions and signed copies behind the glass of a lovely old china cabinet that was my mother-in-law's, that she gave me when she moved to smaller digs and now takes up one wall of my office. It's a sickness I'm proud of!

And the answer to how difficult it was to break into publishing is VERY. I entered through the slush pile. When I was first trying to get published I didn't know other published writers, so I had no connections to get in the door. I've come to believe that that is the best way to enter, because an agent is taking you on because they love your writing, not because you have important friends.

For me, it took a long time to get my writing good enough to be published. My first novel found an agent but didn't sell when she took it out. So I circled back and wrote short stories and slowly began to publish them, and then went back to that first novel and rewrote it, at which point it did finally sell.

I've written about that in a number of places, including on my blog - a piece about how important it was for me to have aspiring writer-pals, how we kept each other going, like the Wednesday Sisters in my book do: In Praise of Writing Friends. The operative line there is "To make a long story short: ten years."

My whole blog - called 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started - is guest posts by writers who tell their stories about how they got to liftoff literarily, and the truth is that even overnight successes, like Julia Flynn Siler's wonderful House of Mondavi (which had a good long run on the NYT list) wasn't actually overnight.

10Rarcar1
Jul 2, 2008, 12:58pm Top

Congratulations on the success of The Wednesday Sisters. I have been recommending it to friends and family as well. What was your inspiration for the book? Are you working on anything now?

11megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 2, 2008, 1:41pm Top

Thank you!

Three friendships of mine in particular really provide the emotional heart of The Wednesday Sisters. I couldn’t have written it without my friend Jenn DuChene, my husband, Mac Clayton, and with my long-term writing pal, Brenda Rickman Vantrease.

Brenda and I were in a writing group together for years in Nashville. She’ll will tell you she’s a Tuesday Sister, but she and I together just kept writing and writing until we got some traction – and having someone to go through that with was so comforting.

Jenn doesn’t write, but she’s been my best friend since she finagled a room for us together in law school, when we were supposed to be next door neighbors, and she is singlehandedly responsible for me being able to laugh at myself. We live across the country from each other now, but we wouldn’t hesitate to call each other at any hour if we needed to, and either of us would get on a plane in a moment for the other.

And Mac picked up where Jenn left off. He’s the one who convinced me to start writing. He said, basically, “Your dream, Meg. How will you ever know unless you try?” And he was so sure I could do it.

“Two Wednesday Sisters and one husband”? Not such a great title, right? But this book is definitely meant to be a hallelujah to them.

The bond between Linda, Kath, Ally, Frankie, and Brett was also inspired by my mom and the friends she has had over the years. I grew up running around the neighborhoods we lived in with neighborhood kids while my mom and her friends sat at picnic tables playing bridge or visiting while they kept an eye on us. And I know – although only in retrospect – how much they helped each other through. And still do.

12avisannschild
Jul 2, 2008, 4:16pm Top

Hi Meg,

You can add me to the long list of people who loved The Wednesday Sisters! Congratulations on the book going into a second printing already!

Thanks also for your blog -- it makes for very inspiring reading (and lengthens my wish list too!).

You didn't answer Rarcar1's second question, so I will ask it again: Are you working on anything now? (Or is it too soon to even think about that question?)

13jhedlund
Jul 2, 2008, 4:59pm Top

Hi Meg!

I was one of the lucky ones that got your book as my May ER book, and as I think you know - I loved it. I put my review here on LT and on Amazon, so hopefully that will help build up the buzz.

You said in one of your earlier posts, "For me, it took a long time to get my writing good enough to be published."

What do you mean by that? How did you know it wasn't good enough (just the fact that it wasn't getting picked up by publishers?), and what are the main steps you took to improve?

Again, good luck with the book sales!

Julie

14megwaiteclayton
Jul 2, 2008, 6:14pm Top

>Are you working on anything now?

I am! I have a draft (a full draft! yeah!) of a new novel - as yet called "Untitled Catholic Story." I actually have floated four titles with my agent, along with a synopsis. And I just went through the first three chapters - again! - trying to get them polished enough to send to my agent. I'm printing them out as we speak. (Pause here, as I try to figure out why my printer is so quiet: aha, it's turned off at the wall switch, as I'm trying to be more green. ) If they don't read like the absolute dreck, I hope to turn them over to Brenda Rickman Vantrease and my husband Mac - always my first readers - this afternoon.

Julie, one of the things that was a very pleasant surprise to me is how much better I could get at writing just by studying the craft. I knew it wasn't good enough at first because ... well, it was obvious even to me. I took an extension class at a local college to get started, and then another, and then I started sharing manuscripts with my friend Madeleine Mysko. I had a big jolt of learning at the Sewanee Writers Conference, where I studied with Alice McDermott, who is just an amazing teacher. At some point in time I started floating pieces out. I had great luck with non-fiction: the first non-fiction piece I wrote was picked up by the only place I could imagine sending it, which was Runner's World. But I had a much tougher time getting my fiction off the ground.

True story, which I use in The Wednesday Sisters. I was living (and writing) in Nashville, and meeting with an open writing group at the Brentwood library once a month. I heard that my friend Rita Bourke had placed a short story, then heard that she'd sent it out something like 63 times before she placed it. So I sat next to her at the next meeting and gave enthusiastic congratulations, and then asked if the 63 times rumor was true. She said, without missing a beat, "If I don't believe in my own work, how can I expect anyone else to?" And I went home and started stuffing envelopes like I never had before.

15megwaiteclayton
Jul 2, 2008, 6:19pm Top

I should say also that one of the things I did to improve was read anything I could get my hands on about writing. My personal favorite writing books are John Garner's The Art of Fiction and Oakley Hall's The Art and Craft of the Novel. I also literally cut Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres into pieces, trying to figure out how she'd written such a beautiful book. I've analyzed and outlined a number of my favorite novels, trying to learn to write better. There is always so much to learn!

But the good news for me is that I can learn. I used to think writers were born, not made, and that if you couldn't leap a literary tall building in a single stroke-of-the-pen bound then you weren't a writer. I can't tell you how relieved I am to know that isn't true!

16jhedlund
Jul 2, 2008, 11:58pm Top

Meg,

Thank you so much for your response. It's also a great relief to me to realize that writers can be made and not necessarily born! Stephen King talked about that too in his book, On Writing (which I LOVED). He said that the "genius" writers (those born rather than made) are very few and far between. He then said that competent writers can become very good writers with a lot of hard work. That's what I'm working on right now - the work!

I also really admire your tenacity and your honesty. I think it takes a lot of self-knowledge and courage to see that you might not be "good enough" as a writer initially but to keep working and trying and persisting until you make it happen. Congrats! (Also, please let us know when your next book comes out!)

17megwaiteclayton
Jul 3, 2008, 1:34am Top

>That's what I'm working on right now - the work!

The folks I know who've made it to getting a book published have with very few exceptions been King's non genius-types, writers who suffer enough rejection along the way that they really appreciate it when they finally find success.

18jjwilson61
Jul 3, 2008, 10:40am Top

What amazes me is not the craft of writing but that some people have these incredibly rich and detailed stories inside of them. I just can't imagine making up a story that anyone else would be interested in reading.

19avisannschild
Jul 3, 2008, 11:34am Top

>14 megwaiteclayton: Glad to hear you're working on something else, Meg!

Can you talk a little bit about your experience with your first novel? If I'm not mistaken, you've said that your experience with it paralleled Frankie's with hers (or vice-versa)?

20megwaiteclayton
Jul 3, 2008, 12:28pm Top

jj, one of the things that is interesting about writing fiction is that if you think you have to have this whole full-blown original story when you set out to write, it's pretty much impossible to set out. If you think I'm just going to start and see what comes, it's quite shocking what does come.

The Wednesday Sisters actually started with a little pity party I was having for myself in my journal one morning. It was was actually nothing but a title for a long time before that, and when I sat down to write that morning all I had was a single nameless, faceless, character—just a character trait, really: white gloves. I had no idea who wore them or why she might be a Wednesday Sister.

My first journal entry for the book—the day after the white gloves attached themselves to the title without explaining themselves—begins: “Feeling incredibly well-run-dry today . . . I don’t have anything. . . . Not a character yet. Not any idea where it will go, or even where it will start.” It makes me laugh every time I read it, because a minute later a woman with a long blond braid sticking out of her Stanford cap walked across the patio where I sat, and though she was gone in seconds—I never even saw her face—already that braid was not a real braid in my mind and the character who would be Linda was bearing down on me, leaving me wondering if I could possibly get her story into words before it was lost. By the time I looked up again, maybe two hours later, I had the guts of Linda’s story—and of Kath’s, Ally’s, Frankie’s, and Brett’s. I had the idea for the first paragraph, which turns out to be two paragraphs, and the last line of them. And I knew the story would be about their friendship, about getting each other through the bad times, and celebrating the good.

All on a morning when I was despairing of writing, and might not have sat down at all if I didn't approach writing with discipline. (It was, honestly, a morning I would have rather been scrubbing other people's toilets than writing, but I'm a writer, so I write.) And when I didn't really have anything at all when I sat down.

(So go ahead, sit down!)

21megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 3, 2008, 12:40pm Top

>Can you talk a little bit about your experience with your first novel? If I'm not mistaken, you've said that your experience with it paralleled Frankie's with hers (or vice-versa)?

Oh, this is a very long story. The short version is that I had several agents who wanted to represent my first novel, The Language of Light, and I went with one of them, and it came close at a lot of houses but never hit. Many editors had ideas for what might make it work, and I contorted the manuscript to death trying to make it work, and it just didn't. So I stuck it on a drawer (like Frankie does with her first novel), and it was years later before I pulled it out again. I stripped it back to the story I wanted to tell and took it to the Squaw Valley Writers Conference with the idea that if it got panned there I would file it in the circular. But it didn't. Bharti Mukherjee was so kind with it that it gave me new hope, and I did some more work on it. I submitted it to the Bellwether Prize, and though it didn't win, it was a finalist. And that was enough to propel it, so that it sold to St. Martins.

PLOTSPOILER HERE: Frankie's experience seeing her novel in Books Inc. was based on me finding The Language of Light at the store. Really a wonderful moment. But sadly, like Frankie, that novel never quite got any traction, for a lot of reasons. Which is why I was despairing when I sat down with my journal the day The Wednesday Sisters really began.

22LivelyLady
Jul 5, 2008, 9:36am Top

Meg, congratualtions on THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS! In post#11 you commented that the bond among your main characters was inspired by your mom and her friends over the years. My mother had lots of friends but economically were in a different class in that they all worked and had husbands who had more than one job at a time.

How might a story be different with that class of women, recognizing that friendship is universal? Would it be titled THE PAYDAY SISTERS????

23LivelyLady
Jul 5, 2008, 9:46am Top

About message#14...Meg, it is so good to hear you share your journey as a writer. Reading the finished product, it is easy to think "well, she is a natural born writer..." I have started with an on-line writing course. I have thought of starting a local writing group. Will someday attend a writers' conference.

My granddaughter had an idea for a childrens' book so we have developed it and I submitted it ONCE and it was rejected. I have paid lip service to my granddaughter about how meaningful, even rejections are and about believing in yourself. Reading about your friend, Rita Bourke, submitting a piece 63 times gives me the courage to continue and persevere. I will share this will 9 year old, Maya.

24megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 5, 2008, 11:18am Top

>Would it be titled THE PAYDAY SISTERS????

Now THAT would be a title!

I do think it would be a very different story, of course. The Wednesday Sisters is a book about pursuing dreams, and although as an optimist I like to believe that anyone can pursue dreams, to say that is considerably easier to do from the perspective of relative financial security is the understatement of the year.

Frankie has a little period of insecurity when her husband leaves a secure job with an established company for a silicon valley startup in the days when startups generally failed (as I suppose they still generally do) - and she worries how they'll pay the mortgage while he's finding a new job if the startup fails, but she doesn't actually worry that he won't be able to find another job. And Kath certainly goes through a period of financial uncertainty, but they are nothing compared to folks who are working two jobs just to make ends meet.

I remember first hearing that one of my first writing mentors, Madeleine Mysko (whose first novel, Bringing Vincent Home is lovely!), got up at four in the morning to write before a full day of family and job as a nurse. It was a humbling experience for me, a moment when I looked at all I had and realized that I was a fool if I didn't take advantage of it.

But The Wednesday Sisters is also a story about friends carrying friends through, and I'm guessing that for your mom, those friends might have been even more important that they were for mine.

I read an amazingly moving story in the New York Times yesterday that is sort of on point, an op-ed piece by Nicholas Kristof called The Luckiest Girl. (It caught my attention because my brother Pat and my sister-in-law Ginny have given us goats for Christmas for several years now; we decided as a family some years ago that we all were so blessed that we really didn't need another tie for Christmas, and that we would instead make charitable contributions in each others' honor - and this is about how that program has directly benefited one girl.) I'm linking it here because it's one of those things you read and you want to put into everyone's hands.

You've got the title, and the will to write! That's looking to me like it might be YOUR story - and one we could all benefit from reading.

25megwaiteclayton
Jul 5, 2008, 11:27am Top

I'd love to use LivelyLady's and jhedlund's posts as an excuse to ask what others of you are writers, and what you are working on. I'd love to hear from any of you what is often called "an elevator pitch" - your one sentence description of your story.

My own new one is tentatively titled "The Family O'Callaghan" and the elevator pitch is: "A story about four friends, three brothers, two lovers and a priest, and the Irish Catholic family they struggle to survive.

And I'll confess here that I borrowed the idea for the phrasing of that pitch from Harriet Scott Chessman. If you haven't read any of her novels, you should step away from your computer this moment and go directly to the bookstore to get one. My personal favorite is Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper but they are all excellent. And while you're there, you might also get a copy of No One You Know by Michelle Richmond, which an incredibly moving and thought-provoking literary mystery that I can't imagine any of the intelligent readers here wouldn't love!

26Alice_Wonder
Jul 7, 2008, 9:51pm Top

Dear Meg: I really enjoyed The Wednesday Sisters which I got as an ARC through LibraryThing. Of course, I then read your The Language of Light. I enjoyed both your characters, their passions, and the setting. Do you like to take photographs like the main character in The Language of Light? I am always curious how much of yourself you put in your novels? I think if I were to write a novel it would need to be set right where I live with the main character somewhat like me or at least to share some of my experiences/passions, etc. How much is you and how much is outside research?

27dmcco01
Jul 8, 2008, 12:53pm Top

Hi Meg! I loved Linda's character in the book. Can you share a little with us about your running life and how it inspired and informed that character? I'm a bit (or more) of a tomboy and jock still at 40 years-old and you don't see that reflected much in writing about women.

28megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 8, 2008, 3:25pm Top

>I think if I were to write a novel it would need to be set right where I live with the main character somewhat like me or at least to share some of my experiences/passions, etc. How much is you and how much is outside research?

My first novel, The Language of Light - and thank you for reading that too! - was set pretty much on my old farm in Baltimore.

The Wednesday Sisters is set at a park three blocks from my home in Palo Alto.

I do love taking photographs like Nelly in TLOL - though I lack her talent.

And I run like Linda in TWS - though not nearly as fast!

But the characters aren't me. Really. No, really.

Okay, maybe a little bit.

I do draw from my own experiences for my writing, but I try to use them as springboards to explore life beyond my own world. So I do a ton or research as well.

For The Wednesday Sisters, I actually have a page dedicated to each character that talks about where they come from: Kath, Linda, Frankie, Ally, and Brett - complete with, for example, young math-science geek me photographed with my friend Sheryl Cohen (now Solomon) at the science fair when we were in middle school.

And I also have a photo of my desk - which includes a huge three-ring binder that is my research binder from TWS - on the writers page. If you scroll over it, you can read a little about how I reasearch. Bottom line: I love research, because it does allow me to go to emotional places I've never experienced, as well as to geographic places and to different periods in history.

29megwaiteclayton
Edited: Jul 8, 2008, 3:34pm Top

I'm a bit (or more) or a tomboy and a jock, too - at almost 50. I grew up with four brothers and no sisters - which I think made a difference in those days, before there was much in the way of organized sports for girls.

And Linda was really where the book started, and for a long time my favorite character, although I did come to love them all.

There was no girls track team at my high school when I started. It's a bit shocking, looking back on it now, how many things girls just weren't supposed to do. There were six girls sports offered my freshman year, including bowling and archery, and you really just weren't supposed to sweat. I don't know anyone who doesn't think that change - opening up sports to girls and women - has been a good thing.

I dabbled in running in middle school and high school but didn't start running regularly until college (1979). I'm not close to fast, but I do so enjoy running, and how it makes me feel about myself. I do a lot of sorting about what I'm writing while I'm running (I often carry a piece of paper and a little golf pencil in my pocket when I run) - so it's directly helpful to my writing. Something about putting my body to a task and letting my mind roam works well for me.

And I do feel passionate about running - and it's such fun to write about things one feels passionate about!

And with that, I'm off for a run! I've already got my shorts on, and I'm training for the Nike Women's Half Marathon this fall, with Team in Training.

30jhedlund
Jul 10, 2008, 12:03pm Top

Hi again Meg,

I feel exactly the same way you do about running. I get lots of ideas while I'm running (I'm not fast either!). My only problem is having the discipline to develop them after the run!

Since the topic of research has come up, I'm curious about the process you use for research. Is it mostly Internet, or do you do a lot of hands-on library-type research? What percentage of your writing do you think is actually research vs. writing, and how do you know when to stop? It's so easy to get sucked into the research.

Also, how much does the research change your story? What I mean is, do you already go in with ideas about what you want to write and conduct research to support those ideas or does your research generate ideas about scenes and characters, etc.?

Sorry for all the questions. I guess I'm a bit of a process geek! Incidentally, that was one of the things I loved about TWS - that the story gave us a window into each of the character's writing process.

31megwaiteclayton
Jul 10, 2008, 12:28pm Top

No apologies! I'm a process geek myself.

I do research of all sorts of kinds. I'm never thought about how much time I spend, but I'd guess it's half the time as I'm writing first draft, and then less as I'm revising.

I tend to start out with something - not even as much as an idea, but just a something - and try to get a chapter or two to see what it might be. Then I step back and start doing research, usually writing at the same time. I CAN get sucked into the research - it's very fun! Which is part of the reason I like to write at the same time. So the writing does get done.

I use the internet, especially if I have a specific question I need the answer to. I keep a bookmark file for a novel, often with sub files, so I can easily return to them.

But I spend a lot of time in the library as well. For The Wednesday Sisters, I pored over old magazines my characters might have read, looking from everything from hair and clothing styles, to what they would be the thinking about and reading, to what was happening politically and in the way of developments in sports, health care, etc.

What would I do without Librarians?

A huge resource for me was the archives the Palo Alto Historical Association keeps. Steve Staiger was a big help, and the photos from the archives were inspiring. I love photos!

And I also did things like rent old Johnny Carson shows, and the lunar landing footage, to get right back into that moment.

One of the things I love about research is that it does send me to new places. For example, the old mansion in the park comes right out of a book about Palo Alto parks - and wasn't something I was looking for (I was looking to see if they pool was in the park I meant to use). But the minute I saw the photo, I knew it would be key. And then the more I dug into the history of that mansion, the more material I had to use.

And the scene of the women's march in downtown Palo Alto also came from research. I wanted to get them to a march, but they are not the kind of women who would have called themselves women's libbers, so getting them all the way up to San Francisco didn't seem it would ring true. So I'd pretty much discarded the idea. Then when I went poking through the archives, I came upon an article on a march in Palo Alto. And that sent me on a mission that resulted in finding the original photos of, for example, the fellow in the Playboy Bunny costume.

For the most part, it's hard to make it up better than things really happen.

32avisannschild
Jul 10, 2008, 2:24pm Top

Hi again Meg,

Sorry about dropping out of this discussion! Thanks for answering my question about your first book (message 21). And to answer your question in message 25, I feel a bit shy about admitting this, but I've actually been part of a women's writers' group for the past 15 years. (The reason I feel shy about mentioning it is that I don't write much these days, so I'm not actually working on anything at the moment.) It's a great group, although our focus is different from the Wednesday Sisters' group: we meet to write together (and each take turns facilitating the group) rather than meeting to workshop stuff we've written previously. At the end of each meeting, members can share what they've just written if they feel like it; I've been privileged to hear some amazing writing. We don't give much if any feedback though.

By the way, I was inspired to buy A Thousand Acres based on your comments.

33whoot
Jul 10, 2008, 3:01pm Top

Meg -
Haven't had a chance to read this whole discussion, but a HUGE congrats on your second printing...that's fabulous!! Susan Johnson (whoot in decatur, ga)

34megwaiteclayton
Jul 10, 2008, 8:34pm Top

Avis, I also have a group of friends I sometimes gather with just to write.

I hope you like A Thousand Acres. It's one of my all-time favs.

35megwaiteclayton
Jul 10, 2008, 8:38pm Top

Susan, thank you!

I actually have even more exciting news than the second printing. Feels a little funny to be tooting my own horn, but ...

The Wednesday Sisters is on this week's San Francisco Chronicle BESTSELLER LIST! #8!

Maybe the best thing about being a bestselling author: your teenaged sons wash the car so you can travel in style to your bestseller readings. :-)

But no, they still don't buy gas. Too expensive!

36avisannschild
Jul 11, 2008, 11:17am Top

Whoo-hoo! Congratulations, Meg, that's great news!

37tapestry100
Jul 11, 2008, 11:30am Top

Congrats, Meg! You must be thrilled.

38imlilie
Jul 11, 2008, 12:57pm Top

Meg,

I just wanted to add that I, too, was one of the May ARC winner's of your book and LOVED it!!! I was so happy with it that almost everyone at work has read it and LOVED it too!! I have now passed the book on. Just doing my part to make your book a #1 hit seller.

39megwaiteclayton
Jul 11, 2008, 2:05pm Top

Thanks, everyone!

And imlilie, thank you so much for passing the book on!

I had the nicest time meeting several LibraryThingers face-to-face at my reading at Copperfield's in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. Early Reviewers Trish Browning and Erin Montague were there, so I got to thank them in person, which was really nice!

If anyone is in Dayton, Louisville, Nashville, Ann Arbor or Milwaukee, do come say hi! My tour schedule is here.

And I'll be checking in from the road as often as I can.

And

40tapestry100
Jul 11, 2008, 3:50pm Top

You're going to be in Ann Arbor? That's about an hour from me!! See you there!

41jhedlund
Jul 12, 2008, 2:54pm Top

Any trips to Denver or Boulder? I was at the bookstore yesterday, found your book and as promised, bought myself a copy. Just wanted to do my part to show support! I already passed my ER copy on, so hopefully more reviews will come in.

Tomorrow I'm going out of town for a week, so I'll miss the rest of the chat. I just wanted to say thanks for all of your advice and input. Keep us posted on your next book!

42megwaiteclayton
Jul 12, 2008, 9:05pm Top

>You're going to be in Ann Arbor?

I am, David! It will be so nice to be able to thank you in person for your lovely review! Can't wait!

And thank you, Julie! That is so sweet of you. Have a great trip!

I'm looking at the end of my last post, wondering where that And was going...

43megwaiteclayton
Jul 15, 2008, 10:20am Top

Today is my last day to Author Chat, and I am chatting from Dayton, where I have to leave in just a few minutes for a short television spot here, radio in Cincinatti, several book store visits and a reading tonight. I just wanted to say how very much I've enjoyed the questions, and to thank everyone at Library Thing for your support. I learned last night that The Wednesday Sisters is now a NATIONAL bestseller, and that it's in its third printing already. I expect that is in large part due to the support of so many of the Early Reviewers here - so thank you, everyone!

If you have additional questions, I'm here on LT. Please just post on my page and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Or look for me in the threads!

And if you've read The Wednesday Sisters and still haven't picked up your own pen but are thinking you might, definitely do! If you need a further push, let me know and I'll try to dig an elbow into your literary ribs for you.

Best,
Meg

44tapestry100
Jul 15, 2008, 1:11pm Top

A third printing? Congrats!!!

45megwaiteclayton
Aug 4, 2008, 11:12am Top

:-) Thank you.

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