Wake #1 Winnipeg Bestseller!
McNally Robinson, the bookstore chain based in Winnipeg (the capital city of the province of Manitoba), has just released its bestsllers list for the week of May 17, 2009, and Wake by Robert J. Sawyer is #1 in hardcover fiction. Woohoo!
The Winnipeg Free Press, the major daily newspaper in Winnipeg, uses the McNally Robinson list as their own bestsellers' list, so I'll be #1 on that list this weekend, too. W00t!
Of course, I owe all this to (a) being McNally Robinson's "Author of the Month" chainwide for May; (b) the wonderful event I had at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg six days ago; (c) all the good folks who bought my book from the McNally Robinson dealers' table at Keycon, Winnipeg's SF convention, last weekend; (d) the wonderful profile of me on the front page of the Free Press's Entertainment section last Thursday; and (e) my appearance on CBC Radio in Winnipeg. In other words, to answer the question about whether book tours and promotion are actually worth doing, see above. :)
(Oh, and speaking of #1, Wake previously hit #1 on the Amazon.com Technothrillers bestseller list. Yay!)
Since the list as shown above is a graphic, here it is in text, so search engines can find it:
For the Week of May 17th (2009)
Titles in Green Manitoba Author
Robert J. Sawyer. Science Fiction.
Wilbur Smith. Fiction.
Jon Paul Fiorentino. Fiction.
4. The Gargoyle.
Andrew Davidson. Fiction.
5. Wicked Prey.
John Sandford. Fiction.