23 Million


I think I like this picture. (Thank you, Paul Young.) I’m the one in the front middle, West Virginia t-shirt, crazy hair, and a blue cup that had wine in it, ha. I hardly ever look at my website stats anymore because I just don’t have time. (Used to be OBSESSED with them!) I just looked at them and it hit me that there have been over 23 million pageviews on Chickens in the Road in the last four and a half years. Over 3 million unique users have visited this site. Wow. I am amazed. Thank you for being here, and thank you for keeping on coming. What good would it do me to be here without you?

I want to note that my memoir is due on October 1. The retreat is over, but I have two more weeks until I taste pure freedom. I am so looking forward to this fall and this winter. It’s been a crazy, wild, hectic first year at Sassafras Farm. Starting October 1, I will be a free woman with more spare time than I’ve seen in years. I can’t wait to stock it full of new crafts and recipes to try out and, like, some down time. And some serious Shortcake-riding. I’ll do my best here in the next two weeks, but please bear with me as finishing my book on time is very important. Sweet times are just around the corner!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 18, 2012  

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  1. 9-18

    WOW!!!That is one hell of an accomplishment! congrats::: I for one am glad that I have found your site::: I read every single day!!!and even have you on my phone::lol,,,,not to stalk you:: hee hee,,, just so I can sneak some tech time at the camp grounds:::

    Keep up the fantastic job your doing::

  2. 9-18

    Ha! I thought you must have had some “good stuff” in that cup when I saw the “I’m Back” post…LOL!

    I’m just so happy for you, and cannot wait to read your memoir….and for you to enjoy your freedom.

    :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

  3. 9-18

    How long does it usually take between submitting a manuscript and the book going on sale? Or is there even a “usual”?

  4. 9-18

    @whaledancer, producing a book is often a lot like giving birth. Rule of thumb used to be 9 months–(typewriters and paper) from final, final mss to bound book. Now it’s often about 9 (yes nine) months (computers and ganging books to lower production costs). Publishers jockey for press dates in order to prepare for the industry’s largest trade shows. The only thing in the writer’s control is meeting impossible deadlines!
    The next all-important trade show is May 30 – June 1, 2013. Publishers push to have {sample} bound books in hand for this important show-and-tell. Actual books for sale follow on after trade show.

  5. 9-19

    Congrats Suzanne!

  6. 9-19

    Woo-Hoo!! We’re cheering from the sidelines! You’re in the home stretch.

  7. 9-19

    :woof: I’ll never forget shortcakes name again!! And I wish I knew u needed pliers at the retreat-next time note I always have tool box in my truck-zip ties-power strip-AC adaptor- I could go on!!!! Congrats on everything- you are woman – we hear you roar!! Can’t wait for book!! :snoopy:
    Rain :)

  8. 9-19

    See, I knew you had good tea somewhere in that studio! LOL– Next year, I’m staying for the good tea! :D

  9. 9-19

    Also, can we pre order your book on Amazon? What’s the title?

  10. 9-19

    Amazing! I hope you will have copies of your book for sale on your site! Take the time to you need to do it right! We’ll still be here for you after your book is published. In that blue cup was berry tea right. Maybe it was a little old huh. lol. You are so funny. Some days you just crack me up!

  11. 9-19

    You definitely deserve some down time, Suzanne! And I cannot WAIT to read your book!

  12. 9-19

    now to get those 23 million to buy a book…and one for all of their friends!

  13. 9-19

    Wow. Congratulations on the book. Thanks for all the time you put into this website. It has helped me so much in many different ways.

  14. 9-19

    Don’t worry about us! Just finish that book, I can’t wait for it. I have a problem with needing instant gratification. That’s why I love canning so much…you get it right then. BAM!

  15. 9-19

    I cannot wait to read your memoir! I’m glad you’ve found so much success, and I’m glad that I’ve found you :) One of these days, I will drag my kiddo up there (an 8 hour drive…) and come to a farm day :)

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