Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bad Habits Sometimes Pay Off

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!"

17 comments:

Lisa and Laura said...

Congrats on the award! And did you really just give us two new additional procrastination tools to look forward to once we're actually published? Oy.

Anna said...

Wow, you'd think someone would have told you your book had won an award! Belated congrats! :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

What? Really they never told you? That's amazing. Well, belated, congratulations and woo-hoo for a great day!

Rebecca said...

Fun! Congratulations on the award. Late or not, that's pretty cool. :-)

Karen said...

Congrats! That's like finding a wad of cash in your pocket that you didn't know you had.

B.J. Anderson said...

Congrats!! I agree with Karen. :D And there's nothing better than wasting the day away on the internet.

storyqueen said...

I confess...I self-google as well. Sometimes, it is the only way you find out about stuff like that. I remember once finding out they were using Happy Birthday Good Knight for a Princess read-a-long at Dutch Wonderland. (Yes, that's right. Dutch Wonderland...it has a theme song and everything.)

Congratulations!

Shelley

Kim said...

That is great! Call them up and ask them where the little silver stickers are so you can put them on your covers!

Congratulations! Was hubbie most impressed?

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, Shelley, that's so cool!

Kim, I think David had one of his rare, proud moments! (He is generally disgusted with my lack of productivity, with good reason :)

beth said...

Yay! That's so cool! :)

Crystal said...

How wonderful, Corey! Congratulations on your award!

AND have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dawn Simon said...

Your post cracked me up. :) Congrats on the award!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Woo-hoo! :) Great news about your Hop! Plop! award - what a fun surprise. I'm thrilled for you. ;-)
www.shannonkodonnell.blogspot.com

Kasie West said...

That's sooo awesome. I wish my time wasting would pay off. Man, how can I top Corey in finding something useful on the internet to report? :)

Diana Paz said...

I love a day online too. Congratulations on the award :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Congratulations! Makes all that "work" on the internet worthwhile, huh?

tamarak said...

Awesome!

And if you like checking Amazon, you'll LOVE checking www.titlez.com. It lets you track your Amazon rankings for the day, the week, the month, 90 days....

You can track a whole list of books. You're salivating, right?