Secretariat’s Meadow hit #4 on Amazon

Big news for our Barnstorming Book Tour!

Today Secretariat’s Meadow hit #4 on Amazon’s list of new releases in sports books!  Our book team was thrilled.  I started firing off emails to everyone, crowing about the news.  I posted it on our Secretariat’s Meadow Facebook page,  my personal Facebook page and my LinkedIn page.  Then I sat back and basked in the glory of the moment.

The moment was short-lived.  The rankings are updated HOURLY.  Next time I checked the Amazon new release rankings page we had dropped down to 8th place in the individual sports category. I didn’t realize these rankings are like the stock market.  They go up and down all day!

So now I have yet another reason to obsess about our online presence.   Today, the publishing industry says that 66 percent of books are  sold online.  We have Secretariat’s Meadow not only on Amazon, but on Barnes & Noble and Borders as well. I just need to figure out how to keep up with all these online bookseller pages, our Book page,  our website, Facebook, our Blog Talk Radio program, this blog, and  oh yeah, do some real writing and my client work.  And I’m not even attempting Twitter, which many publishing industry experts say is THE social media tool for authors to market their work.

But  for now, I just have to check our Amazon ranking one more time before I call it a day!

At 11:45 pm….#5 and holding!

Leeanne Meadows Ladin

We’re on Blog Talk Radio

We now have our own channel on Blog Talk Radio called Free Rein Radio. It gives us “free rein” to talk about our favorite subject…”Secretariat’s Meadow,” along with other horse-related and book-related topics.

Kate and I will use it to recount our author adventures on our “Barnstorming Book Tour.” The show will also offer Big Red’s fans lots of behind-the-scenes  stories about the legendary horse, the upcoming Disney movie  about Secretariat and Kate’s mother, Penny Chenery, and the Virginia farm where he was born.

You can listen to our first show where I talk to Kate live from Saratoga where she was signing books at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and at trackside with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  Here’s the link. Free Rein Radio | Internet Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Let us know what you want to know about Secretariat and we’ll talk about it on our show!

Kicking off our Barnstorming Book Tour!


And they’re off!”  

 We are out of the starting gate for our “Barnstorming Book Tour” to promote “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend.”  Kate Chenery Tweedy and I are the co-authors of this new pictorial history about Secretariat and his Virginia birthplace, The Meadow.

This blog will be our report from the field as we embark upon a book tour that is taking us from Doswell, Virginia to Denver, Colorado, from Saratoga to Santa Anita and many places in between.   So saddle up and come along for the ride!

We’ve been doing “pre-publication” events since March when we formally announced the book at the celebration of Secretariat’s 40th birthday at The Meadow, his birthplace in Doswell, VA. 

This summer we knew we had to be at Saratoga, where the nation’s Thoroughbred racing community has been gathering for over a century.  Our publisher Wayne Dementi acquired a quantity of advance copies  so that Kate could do sales and signings at the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame August 14-15 and with the TRF on TRF Day at the track today on August 18.

The timing was perfect for giving a sneak preview of Secretariat’s Meadow. Thirty-eight years ago on August 16, 1972, a strapping chestnut colt burst onto the racing scene with his electrifying win in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. Kate was with her mother Penny Chenery at the track and saw Secretariat’s bold run.  As she says in our book, ” It was my first inkling that Mom’s rollercoaster ride in racing may not end with Riva Ridge.”

Riva Ridge had won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont in 1972 , two -thirds of the Triple Crown, catapulting Penny Chenery and Meadow Stable into the national spotlight.  No one could have imagined what was in store for 1973.

So far,  Secretariat’s Meadow is showing  lots of promise at its first official sales outing.  Kate says the book got a tremendous reception at the racing museum, at Saratoga Impressions gift shop, and at Saratoga Saddlery. I’m awaiting her report on TRF Day.  Then she jets off to Chicago for the Arlington Million this weekend.

More book tour news  coming soon as we get closer to publication in early September!

Leeanne  Meadows Ladin