Going on 22 weeks now, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is still in the #1 spot for the NY Times best selling Combined Print and E-book Fiction, followed by Darker and Freed. But the Fifty Shades trilogy bundle has tumbled out of the top 10 and is now at #16. Wonder if this means anything and it's of things to come?
Not even Danielle Steel, one of the queens of romance (although she doesn't consider herself a romance author) can unseat Fifty with her first week on the list with Friends Forever. Emily Giffin makes her first week appearance on the list at # 5 with Where We Belong.
Let's talk Indie and Self Published authors on the list:
Self published author Colleen Hoover, who now has sold Slammed and the sequel, Point of Retreat to Atria (a division of Simon and Schuester) is at #13 after 3 weeks on the list, and the sequel Point of Retreat is at #21. Jennifer Probst's The Marriage Bargain falls out of the top 10 and is at #17.
The very enjoyable and sex, Playing for Keeps by R.L. Matthewson keeps moving up the chart and is now a #20 and #17 for best selling e-book. I urge you you to buy this book as soon as you can because it won't be .99 cents for much longer. R.L. has stated that she's increasing the prices of all her books to $2.99 to supplement her costs and try and make a better living off her writing. I would pay $2.99 for her books and that's saying a lot coming from me. I wouldn't be surprised if she's the next self published author to broker a big publishing deal with a big 6 publisher.
Under best selling ebook sales, self published authors rule with:
Training Tessa by Lyla Sinclair at #26, Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello at #32.
FYI: Maid for the Billionaire, the first book in Ruth's Legacy Collection is now free to download on the Kindle! Go get it.
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard is at #35 . Just like another piece of former erotic Twilight fan fiction *coughfiftyshadescough*, Gabriel's Inferno and the sequel, Gabriel's Rapture were bought for a 7 figure deal by Berkley with a 500,00 first print run, setting the stage for even more former erotic or BDSM centric Twilight fan fictions to be sold to a big 6 publisher. Look closely at the books published by Omnific (they publish many former Twilight fan fiction) to give you a good indication what book could be sold next.
Under the best selling USA Today books, The Fifty Shades trilogy still sits in the top 3 spots with a mixture of some of the top 10 from the NY Times and Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay and Catching Fire.
Notable Mention: This book may seem out of place here, but the title made me stop and do a double take. Wheat Belly by William Davis is a self help book about cutting back on wheat can help us live a healthier lifestyle and loose weight. For some reason the cover makes me crave a bagel and may defeat the purpose of this book.
Synopsis: A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.
Are there any authors, specifically Indie or Self Published authors you have your eye on who may appear on one of these lists? Any good books to recommend?