Aside from refreshing email every two seconds, checking stat counter to see how many blog hits I've received, and viewing my blog for new comments, I have two other bad habits that Lisa and Laura may not have developed yet. (1) I constantly check my Amazon sales ranking, and (2) I google my name and/or my book title. These activities, when done in tandem, can sufficiently waste an entire day. So, often, when my husband comes home from work in the evening and asks what I did with my day, I have little to report.
But not this time! Today, between routinely reading blog comments and wondering why my monthly traffic has been at its lowest since July, I googled "Hop Plop Schwartz' and I made an exciting discovery! Bloomsbury has a new web site up. (This in and of itself is not exciting). Since Bloomsbury now owns Walker, they include a Hop! Plop! page... and under awards, it says: "Bank Street Children's Books of the Year- 2006." This was big news to me! (It was never on the old Walker site)
So, now, when David gets home and asks, "Did you accomplish anything?" I can say, "Yes. In doing research, I've uncovered a whole new marketing tool for my book!"