Saturday, August 18, 2012

24 Weeks at #1 For Fifty Shades and Women and Indie Authors Take Over

At 24 weeks, Fifty Shades of Grey is still #1 on the NY Times under the combined fiction and e-book list followed by Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. But there has been a major shift in this trilogy over on the best selling e-book list. Fifty Shades of Grey is no longer #1 for best selling e-book. It's now #3. #1 is Freed followed by Darker. I really do see an overall drop in this trilogy because I just can't see the likelihood that hundreds of thousands of people are going to continue to buy these 3 books week in and week out.

And want to know another thing about the Fifty Shades trilogy that may blow you mind away? 41 million copies have been sold of these book this year alone. By the end of this year there's a good possibility that this trilogy will have sold near 60 millions copies. You do the math. E.L. James has made her fortune this year by publishing Twilight fan fiction. How does that make you feel?

Let's highlight those authors this week who are the best sellers. The entire top ten for the combined list is all female! How awesome is that? There are some first weekers in the top ten, as I like to say:

Julie Garwood still must have something special with her mystery thrillers that have a touch of romance (I still mourned the day she turned her back on writing historicals). Sweet Talk is at #6 and #2 in hardcover.

I guess Lora Leigh didn't suffer from her big editing snafu with her last book (I hear her having a no editor clause in her contract is not true). Stygian's Honor, another Breed book, is at #8. Stygian is a name you don't hear everyday.

Sherrilyn Kenyon is a very happy woman at #9 with Time Untime, another addition to her Dark-Hunter series.

Colleen Hoover finally cracks the top 10 at #10 with her soon not to be self published Slammed because she sold the rights to a big 6 publisher, as is the case lately when a self published author does very well sales wise.

And I guess readers are loving the supernatural element to Lisa Kleypas's Friday Harbor series. Dream Lake comes in at #13.

The top 9 spots on the e-book list are all women. After 20 weeks, Jennifer Probst's The Marriage Bargain is still going strong at #20. For the first time ever, Entangled Publishing has a total of 3 of their authors on this list. Entangled Publishing must be doing the Snoopy Dance hardcore. The other two are debut authors with little or none promotion behind them that I can find, which is very telling seeing as it's assumed buzz and heavy promo can make an author. Both these books are from Entangled's new Brazen line

Gina L. Maxwell's debut, Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love #1) is at #27. Heroine seems to be the typical, virgin innocent in this one.

Synopsis: Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds him himself in the fight of his life...winning Lucie's heart before she gives it to someone else

 Wrong Bed, Right Guy (Come Undone #1) by Katee Roberts is at #32.

Synopsis: Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she’s been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he’s completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother’s matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan—buy some lingerie and climb into her boss’s bed. The plan goes brilliantly…until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead.

Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started. Though her holier-than-thou attitude puts a serious damper on his mood, Gabe’s never been one to give up on something he wants. And he wants Elle. But does a man who lives on the dark side really have a chance with a proper lady?

Self Published Author Notable Mention #1:  Sydney Landon's debut, Weekends Required (#1 in the Danvers series) is at #28 for the first time. This came out at the end of January this year and sells for $2.99.

Synopsis: Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant at Danvers International for three years, and he has never thought of her as a woman until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend's bachelor party.

Claire is forced to work a second job at a party planning company to support her ailing mother. She is horrified when Jason not only finds out, but has a front-row seat to the action. With Danvers in the process of merging with another company, Claire is forced to travel with Jason as well as work weekends. Suddenly all the fantasies she has entertained for years about her boss seem to be coming true. Her outspoken best friend Suzy thinks that just getting laid will solve everything. The problem is, Claire sees much more in Jason than just sex.

Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his Plain Jane assistant who tries her best to blend into the background from 8-5 every day. Now not only does Jason see her as a woman, he fully intends to give her the fairy-tale ending that she deserves.

Self Published Author Notable Mention #2: Another self published author I never heard of is Kelly Favor. She's at # 33 with For His Trust, the 5th book in her For His Pleasure series. Was released this month and is $2.99.

Synopsis: Twenty-two year old Nicole Masters has been devastated by a shocking personal tragedy, and in the aftermath, she only has one person she can turn to.

Powerful business mogul Red Jameson is by Nicole's side, helping to heal the psychological wounds and care for her in the way that she always hoped he would.

But as the scars heal, Red must go back to trying to rebuild his business from the ground up, while Nicole must deal with planning for a wedding that has begun to take on a life of its own.

Soon, events will transpire that lead Red to question whether he can truly trust the woman of his dreams, and Nicole must decide whether she can finally stand up to those who would try to tear them apart forever.

Doesn't anyone find it telling that most of the books by self published and indie authors are contemporaries? The big 6 published for the longest time have thought the contemporary genre was dying and doesn't sell well. Well, neener, neener on them, they lose.

And you can always count on Lorelei James to pop up on the list. She's at #29 with One Night Rodeo.

I really have to get my hands on Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. It's #1 on the hardcover list and I've been hearing from everyone it's a fabulous read. And I'm so proud of myself that I haven't engaged my spoiler ho ways to find out the twist in the book. Has anyone read this one and is it as good as I'm hearing?

Onto the USA Today best sellers...

The top 10 here barely changes. Filled with the usual suspects like Fifty Shades trilogy and The Hunger Games trilogy with Bared to You and Gone Girl thrown in.

Possible WTFckery Cover Notable Mention: Christina Dodd is at #43 with Wilder. This cover makes me laugh in a WTFckery kind of way.

Too Cute for Words Notable Mention: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger at #44. Adorable title and adorable cover!

Synopsis: With Dwight attending Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own—no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the treacherous waters of middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight—a paper fortune-teller in the form of Chewbacca. It’s a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s—even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoccupied with romance. In the meantime, Dwight is fitting in a little too well at Tippett. Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? It’s up to his old friends at McQuarrie to remind their kooky friend that it’s in his weirdness that his greatness lies.

Self-Published Author Notable Mention: While it Lasts (Sea Breeze #3) by Abbi Glines at #90. Was releases this month and is $3.99. I've been seeing Abbi's book all over the place. Glad to see she's finally cracking some respected book lists because I hear her YA are very well written and enjoyable. Perhaps she'll get picked up by a big 6 publisher soon?

What a jammed packed post this was! *wipes brow*



mepamelia said...

Did you see Foz Meadow's piece in HuffPo about fanfic? I thought it was interesting and had some valid points.