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On How I Became a Lifetime Subscriber to Entertainment Weekly

Okay everyone, we can officially call off all publicity efforts for my book. I have reached the pinnacle. No, seriously. It may sound surprising, but the one place I was really, really, really hoping my book would get a mention was in Entertainment Weekly. And yesterday it happened.

I was home on the couch with Vera when the mail came in, our copy of EW came sliding through the mail slot in the door. Greg walked by and picked it up and I said, “Check the book section, please.” See, most places will let my publicist know if they’re going to review a book, but not EW. You just have to check. So Greg flipped to the back, scanned the three pages of books there and shook his head. “Nope,” he said, tossing the magazine onto the couch next to me and heading out for a bike ride.

I didn’t think much of it. Although EW is my big fantasy I wasn’t holding out major hopes that it would really happen. A few minutes later though my phone buzzed with a late-in-the-day email from my publicist in New York. “I just turned to the Entertainment Weekly calendar in the February 3/10 issue and under the first books heading of “Stuff We Are Looking Forward To” is your book!!! Have a great weekend!”

I snatched up the issue lying beside me and flipped to page 5 and there it was. (pictured bottom left)

I promptly burst into tears. This seems to be my go-to reaction when things like my wildest dreams come true.

You’re probably shaking your head. Entertainment Weekly? Not The New York Times? Not The New Yorker? And it’s just your name and the title, anyway, not even a blurb. Well of course, those other publications would be great, and an actual review in EW would be even better, but still, I’m just overjoyed.

Entertainment Weekly likes me! They really like me!

See, I’ve been a subscriber for almost a decade. I wouldn’t call myself a pop-culture junkie, per se, but I really do like to know what’s going on RIGHT NOW with movies, TV, music and books. It’s a desire that immediately disappears every time I take a great trip somewhere far out in the world and realize how wrapped up in my little, American life I am, but nonetheless, it’s something I swim in regularly. Entertainment Weekly representing the weird epicenter of it all somehow. Therefore, being recognized by them is, in my book, bigger than even O Magazine. (Shhh, don’t tell Oprah I said that.)

So yeah, we can call everything else off now. I’m utterly satisfied. And I’m also now a life-time subscriber to Entertainment Weekly.


  1. Awesome. I’d feel the same way. I’ve been subscribing to EW since ’91. I love that every Friday when I get off work for the week there’s a new issue waiting for me in the mailbox (except for double issues). Cool to see someone I know (in a way) in there.

    Does the audiobook come out at the same time? Since they let you do it yourself I’d like to hear it too.

    Comment by jim on January 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

  2. That’s really cool! O mag is pretty cool, too! Can’t imagine how this all must feel!

    Comment by Lynne on January 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

  3. Claire, SO awesome!!!! That’s crazy exciting! I’m so glad for you!!!
    And I just read through your last post and wanted to let you know we just had our second baby 2 weeks ago! I’m amazed to say that it’s going ok! I had been so terrified. I guess it’s because we’ve been through it before, so I’m not scared or nervous about every little thing. He sleeps most of the time and then, it’s just feedings and changing diapers every 3.5-4 hours or so. My daughter has some adjusting to do when it comes to those feeding times, but there’s no miracle cure there except for time. I’m sleeping better this time as well since I’m not as nervous about every little noise I hear; so things don’t seem as stressful or exhausting as the first time. I know it’s early yet, but so far so good! I just wanted to share that with you in hopes it might help your nerves! :)

    Comment by Megan on January 29, 2012 at 6:47 am

  4. I am just grinning my head off here on your behalf, Claire. You are nothing if not “real”, and this is such an authentic reaction from someone on the cusp of hitting the big time (big time!) I wonder how long it takes some people to get jaded about mentions in dream-come-true venues. Somehow I do not see you *ever* becoming blase (insert your own accent there, please) about all these well-deserved kudos. So happy for you! :-)

    Comment by Carroll on January 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  5. Thanks so much, Carroll! I really, really hope I don’t blase! You’ll have to keep me in check now and then. :)

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  6. Megan, I’m so excited for you!! Congratulations on your second baby! I’m so glad to hear your comforting words too. Oh, fingers crossed that my experience will be as serene-sounding as yours! Sending love to you and your little family!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  7. Thank you, Lynne! It’s so surreal!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  8. Jim, isn’t EW the best?? I’m headed to NYC on Sunday for a week in the recording studio! I’m not sure of the exact date of when the audio book will be published but I’ll definitely let you know!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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