Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This is a Video That I Never, Ever Thought I'd Post

I recorded this video on a whim the day I left on my tour -- right between packing and panicking. I never thought I'd have to post it . . . but . . .

Um, so last night I had a fantastic LINGER release party (a totally different post to come on that) that lasted until 9 p.m. and then I headed to a hotel because I was flying out the next morning on a 7 a.m. flight for California. I knew that the NYT Bestseller list info would come in while I was in transit, and I was hoping that LINGER might debut on it, and I made sure editor MixTape had my cell number. Then my cell died. So from Chicago, I e-mailed him with my dad's cell number (my dad and sister are with me for the first two days).

Then we got delayed and all kinds of good stuff and eventually found ourselves on a 24-person prop plane heading to San Luis Obispo. We are flying over mountains. It is quiet in the small cabin.

The phone rings.

I think what dumb idiot left their phone on the plane when they told us to turn it off? 

It was my dad's phone.

It was Editor MixTape.

He says, "Are you ready to make a lot of noise?"

Me, looking at the stewardess who is looking at me on the phone, conspicuous as the single rule breaker among her charges: "Um . . . "

David: "Linger debuted at number one on the NYT Bestseller List."

The Stewardess then got on the intercom and, all the while staring at me, announced that all electronic devices needed to be powered down or we'd all die. (I paraphrase).

I was trying not to pass out as I realized that this, finally, was what hyperventilating looked like, while the people in front of me asked me what my book was because they could hear the conversation because after all, it was only a 24 person plane and everyone could hear everything. And my hands are shaking (they still are kind of weird because I had four glasses of sweetened tea upon landing) and my dad is going "you did it!!" and my sister is grinning like a lunatic and I'm sure I am too, or possibly I'm just looking gray from the passing out, and I honestly do not remember anything I said to Editor Mixtape or SuperPublicist.

I can't believe it. I just can't.

Thank you, guys. THANK YOU.

And . . . here's the sheet music I promised in the video.

Sheet Music, the Golden Woods



Dawn Embers said...


That is so awesome.


Riv Re said...

!!!!! Congratulations! This is awesome!!!
Does this mean we get to party?
I don't really care what the answer is.
*pulls out massive green virtual cake*

Anonymous said...

Yowza! I must confess to saying once I am not a fan of the gratuitous OMG comments, but...
OMG!!!! What wonderful and exciting news. Congratulations - I love it when talent and hard work are rewarded. And thank you for letting us all peep into the window of your life to see that talent and hard work in progress!

Andrew Karre said...

Congratulations. Richly deserved.

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

CONGRATULATIONS! This is so exciting and you certainly deserve it!

Not Hannah said...

I am so happy for you (and for us, your readers) that I just jumped out of my chair and fist-pumped. This is crazy-awesome.

BookChic said...

That is totally awesome!! :D I told my roommate that (you met her at the Fredericksburg signing earlier this year) and she was so happy for you too. Congratulations! You totally deserve this!

Beth said...


Crystal Cook said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am so happy for you, you completely 100% deserve this :):):)

And I feel like I had a very, very small part in this too because I rushed out and bought your book the minute the book store doors opened after anxiously waiting for it to come out the minute I finished reading Shiver 7 months ago.

And I finished Linger, and loved it so, so much. Very few books make me feel as much as this one did. I don't know what else to say other than thank you for writing it and for sharing so much of yourself with people you don't even know (like me). You are one of the main people that inspired me to take writing seriously, after years of wanting to write a novel but telling myself that I couldn't, that I wasn't talented enough for that. And when I finished reading your book I said to myself "that's the kind of writer I want to be."

Well done Maggie, My Biggest Congratulations To You Ever!

PS I had planned to write you a letter or an email (fully aware that you are super busy and not expecting any kind of response) to tell you all that, but I saw your post and decided to just spill it. I just wante you to know how much I love your books and that you inspire me :)

Kt said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAY! Go youuuu!! :) Congratulations!! You totally deserve this.

JSavant said...

Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations! You deserve it, Maggie! :) (And what a memory!)

maine character said...

Great story - I got goosebumps!

And it's funny how the stewardess had to go on the intercom to tell you to get off the phone when you were right in front of her. Like a scene right out of "Airplane."

I've heard your music, but never seen you play before, so thanks for sharing that, and for having fun with it.

So yeah, a NYT #1 Bestselling Author! And to think I knew you when you were just a NYT #9 Bestselling Author. :-)

Deborah Paris said...

Congratulations! Seems like such an inadequate word for such an amazing , wonderful feat!

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Congrats Maggie!!! :)

Keri said...

That's brilliant! Congratulations! I'm still only on the first part of Shiver but I'm hoping to catch up...eventually. I'm so behind when it comes to reading. ^^;

Maggie said...


Congrats!! That's so amazing! And, hah, I bet that was a fun flight :D I'm so happy for you! I really don't think you understand the effects your books leave on your readers. They're very amazing, and I'm so, so glad that you're number ONE! You totally deserve it.

Also, thank you very much for that sheet music! I'm dying to get to play it. Also also, you played great on the video, whether you believe so or not. Also also also, I'm glad that even my idols don't brush their hair something. Thank goodness!

Zoƫ Marriott said...

Holy **** on a **** sandwich. With **** on the side. And **** chips.

So pleased for you (and happy that I ordered the American hardback from Amazon so that I can be part of this moment). Whee! Maaagie's Nuuumber Ooone!

swiggett said...

Woo hoo!!
you completely deserve it!

storyqueen said...


And the music is really just lovely...I listened to it three times.

Well done, you!


Anonymous said...

How absolutely wonderful! I am thrilled for you and must say, I got teary eyed over your video and music. Huge congratulations!

Faith said...

I just received my copy of Linger in the mail from the Fountain Bookstore. A little late but SOOOOOOO WORTH IT now that I see your autograph and a BEAU-TI-FUL picture of a wolf on mine. Maggie U R THE BEST!!! Thank You TONS!!!

Maggie Stiefvater said...

THANK YOU. And yes, all of you guys who pre-ordered and bought it the first week, a giant thanks, because this was ALL YOUR FAULT.

Faith, thanks for being patient, I know it makes a huge difference to Fountain.

Em (Super Reader Girl) said...

Maggie, you rock! I am so happy for you! And so excited to have the sheet music for The Golden Wood! :) Thank you!! My 4-year-old likes the song too. She came over while I was attempting it and said, "Mommy, I really like that song." :)

shotcarla21 said...
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shotcarla21 said...

Hi!! I have a question. I love the frame used for the SHIVER trailer (the one you gave away for the last contest), and I would love a copy of one. Can I buy it somewhere? -Carla

Anonymous said...

It was awesome Maggie!! You really deserve it! Shiver and linger are currently (and will stay for a long long long tme) on my top 7 favorite book list. This book gave me my moments. It was hilarious from the descriptions, dialogue (isabell screaming at her parents), and metaphors. It was also suspenseful which keeps me wanting more. I wish they were more pages. I love in Southern CA so i will definitley try to make it!! :) I have a question: Will you be giving things away in contest as well in California? BTW I BOUGHT IT ON THE 14TH, came on the 19th and finished it on the 21st.
~Priscilla C. (Garden Grove, CA)

Ann Elise said...

Congratulations, Maggie! I'll have to teach myself your song now. Another procrastination tool in my arsenal :) :) :)

Jacquelyn Wheeler said...

A HUGE congrats to you! So very well deserved! I'm going to try to make it to Kepler's tonight...I expect there's going to be a huge crowd, but it will be worth it.

Mia said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read Linger. I'm sure it's amazing. Shiver is absolutely gorgeous.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Just have to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are an amazing writer, I am in awe. And I cannot wait to read it.

Amelia Robinson said...

Hey, Maggie! Congratulations!! I LOVE that song! Oh, and I sent your publicist a PDF copy of this. I have a program that allows me to create sheet music so I used what you had there and just moved into a bit tidier, easier to read copy. (I sent it July 23rd at 7:30PM, for future reference.)



Ariadne said...

That is so fantastic! I have "Linger" on my table just waiting to be read:)

And thank you so much for the lovely music piece!!! I love your music.

Jen the bibliophile said...

OMG, that is so awesome!! Congratulations on No.1! Also, loved the video, seriously loved the video! I now wish I'd actually continued with my piano lessons.

In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Maggie Stiefvater said...


@shotcarla - do you mean that art with the tree, or with Sam and Grace?

@Priscilla - nope, just discussion/ Q/A & signing at the California events!

shotcarla21 said...

Yeah, the one with Grace and Sam.. I love it!!! Thank You sooo much for signing my books!!! I love the fact that you're so enthusiastic!!!

Laura said...

Congratulations Maggie!
Your writing style is poetic, your book covers are beautiful and the colored font is SO fun!
I bought Shiver with recommendations from a friend. I devoured it in a day.
A few weeks ago I was meandering around Borders and something green caught my eye. I thought I was seeing things because Linger wasn't due out for a couple of days. I put down the book I was originally there to purchase, snatched up Linger, opened the book and saw beautiful green font! While I dragged four children to the checkout I phoned my previously mentioned friend to tell her the book was out. She bought it the next day.
We love it, thank you for taking us on an escape from our mommy lives.

Mathilda said...

I love your books and your music. Thanks for the sheet music, I really enjoy playing it:)
Are you going to post the sheet music to the music in the Linger trailer as well? It would be very fun to play that too, it's so beutiful.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

@Laura - so glad that you found it. :) You're so welcome.

@Mathilda - I will eventually! Thank you!

@Amelia - I've gotten it, thanks for that, but haven't had a chance to post it.

Grace B. said...

OMG thank you! And congrats! And you might notice my name is Grace B. That is honestly my name, but the B. does not stand for brisbane. (:

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