Saturday, August 4, 2012

Indie and Self Published Authors Continue To Take Over the Best Selling Book Lists

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?



Ceren said...

I don't think that you've read Gabriel's Inferno, it's nowhere close to an erotic book, there's only one sex scene toward the very end of the book and it's mostly innocent. I know that it's a fanfiction but I couldn't relly find any similiarities with Twilight other than the tortured hero and inexperienced heroine. Also I think it's very well written compared to both twilight and also fifty shades, the references to art and classic literature were great. It was complicated and intellectual. Clearly the author did significant research while writing this book.

KB/KT Grant said...

You're right, I haven't read GI and I won't. I can't knowing it was former Twilight fan fiction and because of that I can't give an unbiased review.

The media and on-line is stating that GI is erotic, I think to jump on the 50 Shades bandwagon.

Ceren said...

Well I read both and I don't think that you'd lose anything not reading Fifty Shades. Even though I couldn't put it down, it was like junk food, I knew it was really bad but I couldn't stop. On the other hand I wished you'd give this one a chance as I think it's really a profound book, I think the main reason that I loved this one was the great quotes and the art and literature references. I wanted to check the paintings/sculptures mentioned, re-read the classics etc. Anyway I think you're right, they're promoting it this way to leverage the success of Fifty Shades. I read somewhere that since fifty shades is referred to as "mommy porn" they call this "intellectual mommy porn" although there's almost no sex in the book.