Surprise! The Unwanteds Series is back on the New York Times Bestseller list!

What a fun phone call that was on Wednesday afternoon. I was on a writing retreat, hard at work putting the finishing touches on the first draft of The Unwanteds book 6, when my editor Liesa Abrams called me. Now, she and I don’t talk on the phone much. I prefer to communicate by email so I can refer back to things we’ve discussed. So to get a call was surprising.

The NYT bestseller list comes out weekly on Wednesday afternoons around 5pm EST (it’s in theUnwanteds 1-4 covers actual newspaper and online the following Sunday). When I have a brand new book out, I am generally at least slightly aware of Wednesday at 5pm, because a variety of my books have spent some time on the list. So once I’ve spent that first full week touring and working super hard, and the following Wed comes around, I think about it.

But I’ve learned not to think too hard about it. It’s a bit of a mysterious list, and an author’s book sales for the week only matter in comparison to what other books in the same category are selling. So the Unwanteds series could have its best sales week ever, but generally if ten other series’ have sold more in that same week, the Unwanteds won’t make the list. It’s all good.

A book usually sells the most copies in the first few weeks. All pre-orders are counted in that first week’s sales, so that week gives authors the best shot at hitting sales lists. But then the weekly numbers settle down and I don’t expect to think about lists again until the next book in the series comes out. So there are a couple of weeks each year when I’m conscious of Wednesday at 5pm. But the rest of the year I hardly know what month it is, let alone what day of the week. When Liesa called me, it took me a while to process what she was saying. The Unwanteds series was back on the NYT bestsellers series list! I don’t think I’ve ever been more shocked…except maybe the first time I hit the list with WAKE in 2008.

And you know what? The Unwanteds is on that list this week because of you. You’re reading the books. You’re telling your friends. Your friends are reading and telling their friends. Word is spreading, and it’s all thanks to you. THANK YOU!

Looking for a signed copy of ISLAND OF LEGENDS?

Thanks to all who came out to see me on tour! It was wonderful to spend time with you. And for those of you whose cities I didn’t visit, I have good news–you can still get autographed books!

You can find signed copies of most of The Unwanteds books (and some of my teen titles, too) at most of the bookstores where I did events on my tour (see my previous blog post for a list of stores). You can also find signed, limited edition copies of Island of Legends online at this link.

Unwanteds: Island of Legends Tour details! Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Paul, North Carolina, Michigan, Baltimore

You can always find out where I’ll be by visiting the Appearances page on my website. Here’s what I have so far!U1234

September 2, 2014
Unwanteds: Island of Legends LAUNCH PARTY! 7:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283
480.730.0205

September 3, 2014
BOSWELL BOOKS, 7:00pm
(with Margaret Peterson Haddix!)
2559 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 332-1181

September 4, 2014
Anderson’s Bookshop, Downer’s Grove. 7:00pm
With Margaret Peterson Haddix
5112 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL
(630) 963-2665

September 5, 2014
Skokie Public Library,Petty Auditorium, 6:30pm
With Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Thanks to The Book Stall for providing books for sale!)
5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077

Registration is required and begins August 1.
Contact Number: 847-673-7774

September 7, 2014
Addendum Bookstore, 2:00pm
With Margaret Peterson Haddix
165 Western Ave. N, #14
St. Paul, MN 55102
651.493.3871

September 9, 2014
Barnes & Noble Brier Creek, 6:30PM
8431 Brier Creek Parkway
Raleigh, NC 27617
Phone: (919) 484-9903

September 10, 2014
Flyleaf Books, 5:30pm
With Margaret Peterson Haddix
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

September 11, 2014
The Country Bookshop, 4:00pm
With Margaret Peterson Haddix
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387

September 26, 2014
Barnes & Noble Rivertown Crossing, 4:00pm
3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058
Grandville, MI 49418
616-531-1825

September 27, 2014
Barnes & Noble, Felch St. Plaza, 11:00am
3050 Beeline Road Suite 50
Holland, MI 49424
616-994-6015

October 18, 2014
Baltimore Tween Book Festival, 2-4pm
Oakland Mills High School
9410 Kilimanjaro Rd
Columbia, MD 21045

Get ISLAND OF LEGENDS and a special prize pack!

Exciting news! Now you can pre-order The Unwanteds: Island of Legends from ALL THESE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES and get a free collectible prize pack that includes a limited edition, signed & numbered piece of artwork created just for this book.

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Order now while supplies last! Just click on the link above or go here: http://pages.simonandschuster.com/islandoflegends/

The Unwanteds: ISLAND OF LEGENDS special autographed editions with extras. Plus Unwanteds Book 5 news!

Great news! You have several options to choose from when it comes to getting COOL FREE STUFF to go with your copy of THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF LEGENDS (on sale Sept. 2, 2014).

Side note: Would you like to follow me on Instagram? I hope so! @lisa_mcmann

4Unwanteds4_finalLROption 1: Pre-order a signed copy of ISLAND OF LEGENDS from my local independent bookstore, Changing Hands, and get an exclusive prize pack…and KITTEN! The tiny white Kitten figurine is exactly the same size as Kitten from the series. If you order from Changing Hands and you’d like the book personalized to you or someone else, either write that in the comment box when you place your online order, or tell them when you call to place your order. IF YOU DON’T SPECIFY A NAME, I’LL JUST WRITE SOMETHING SPECIAL PERTAINING TO THE BOOK LIKE “BELIEVE” AND SIGN IT. Okay? Okay! 🙂

Option 2: There are many other US bookstores that will have the prize packs as well, so watch your local bookseller’s social media to see if they are offering it. And I will have some Kittens with me on my tour, so please come to one of my signings to get one–check here for my tour schedule. MORE CITIES WILL BE ADDED in the coming weeks. Does this make sense? Yes? Great!

Note: There are a limited number of prize packs and Kittens, so this is one of those “While supplies last” things.

Option 3: Barnes & Noble Booksellers have a wonderful option, too. You can get an autographed copy of ISLAND OF LEGENDS with an exclusive extra chapter–an excerpt from Mr. Today’s journal. To get the signed version of this, you must order online. You will be able to find the exclusive content version in B&N stores beginning Sept 2nd, but those won’t be signed.

5Unwanteds5_jktfinalIn other news, THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS (book 5 in the series) will be coming to stores February 3rd, 2015, and it is already available for preorder at Indiebound.org, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion, and Amazon. Isn’t that great? You don’t have to wait a whole year for the next book!

Thank you for being awesome Unwanteds fans. Always remember to BE UNWANTED!

See you on the tour.

xox

Lisa

THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Legends back cover copy and exciting things to come!

U4Two more months! I’m dying for you to see what’s special about The Island of Legends–it’s NOT your typical island.

From the back cover:

“As Alex grows more confident in his role as the mage of Artimé, he expands his skills and brings his first creature to life—with results that are both painful and wonderful. A team from Artimé heads out to rescue Sky and Crow’s mother from underwater Pirate Island and discovers there are more creatures than they ever imagined in the ocean surrounding the islands—and not all of them are friendly.

Meanwhile in Quill, Aaron faces threats to his leadership as Gondoleery hones her rediscovered magical abilities and Eva and Liam form a secret alliance against him. But Aaron’s distracted with a discovery of his own—a hidden jungle that holds a dangerous secret. His time there yields a startling truth about himself, and a potential opportunity to increase his power…”

Stay tuned over the upcoming weeks for details on:

1. pre-ordering signed copies with prize packs through indie bookstores
2. the exclusive B&N edition with autograph and extra content

I’ll be touring–keep an eye on my schedule at http://lisamcmann.com/

Find the book Sept 2nd!

 

Holland, Michigan: July 11th signing!

Hey hometown of HOLLAND, MICHIGAN… Stop in and see me downtown at Reader’s World Bookstore! Thursday, July 11, 7-8:30pm! Bring your books and buy them there–I’ll sign them all. Pre-order from the store to ensure you’ll get the titles you want by calling 616-396-8548. They’ll have the new paperback of UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE (releases July 9th).

Thursdays are also Street Performer nights in downtown Holland, so join in all the fun! Put a nickel in my hat–maybe I’ll read to you. 😉