Saturday, August 25, 2012

Twenty Five Weeks Still Going Strong for Fifty and Self Publishing and Indie and Women Authors Still Rule

Still at 25 weeks going strong, Fifty Shades of Grey still hold the #1 spot on the New York Times combined fiction and ebook list followed by Darker and Freed.

Again, women rule the top 10 holding the first 8 spots, 3 of which are held by E.L. James. Debbie Macomber is in the top 10 for the first week at #5 and #2 in hardcover with The Inn at Rose Harbor. Philippa Gregory who I haven't read in a dog's age is at #8 for the first week with The Kingmaker's Daughter and #4 in hardcover.

#13 through 15 are some indie authors. Jamie McGuire appears back on the list with Beautiful Disaster at #13, Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell is at #14 and The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst is at #15. Entangled Publishing again has the same 3 authors from last week on his list, including Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Robert at #31. Again, no other epublisher that I know of has had 3 of their authors on the NY Times' list, let alone for 2 weeks in a row. But that's going to change because Entangled sold The Marriage Bargain to Pocket at auction for a 7 figure sum.

From Chicago Tribune: "Entangled Publishing has sold rights for the "Married to a Billionaire" trilogy -- which kicks off with "The Marriage Bargain," the e-book sensation nearing a movie deal -- to Simon & Schuster imprint Pocket Books in a seven-figure deal. Auction, which closed Thursday, took place over several days. Bidding was heated for the book that spent several weeks in the Top 10 of the New York Times' combined e-book and print bestseller list. Entangled will actually print the first 170,000 copies of "Bargain" beginning Sept. 4, with Pocket taking over thereafter, including the entire run of followup titles. Entangled also retained film rights, for which Gersh is expected to make a studio deal soon; disposition of the publishing pact was believed to be delaying movement on that front. Written by Jennifer Probst, "Bargain" moved more than a half-million copies in just six months, and is still selling strong at around 5,000-units-per-week."

Not sure if you heard, but Beth Kery has been writing an erotic serial where readers pay $1.99 for each 5-60 page installment each week for the next 2 months (click here to read more about it). Two parts of the Because Your Mine serial has made the list. Part 1 (at # on the ebook list and Part 3 (#19 in ebook, # 32 on the combined list.) Does anyone find it odd that Part 2 was skipped? Now that these two books have made the Times, I can see more authors or publisher publishing serials, which I admit I'm not a fan of (I want my complete book to read right then and there), but it seems many are based on Beth making these lists this week.

Notable Mention on the best selling ebook list: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple at #22 for the first week and #18 in hardcover. I've been seeing this book all over the place. It has some great buzz behind it. Sounds like a real hoot of a book.

Synopsis: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. 

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. 

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world

Unto the USA Today best sellers this week...

Again, the Fifty Shades trilogy, along with The Hunger Games trilogy controls the top ten list. The top 10 list is controlled by women also. Can we get a woot?

Self published YA author, Abbie Glines is still going strong at #38 for the second week with While it Last. Last week she was at #90 and quite the rise on this list.

Self-Published Author Notable Mention: Lynda Chance has made the list for the first week at #59 with Sarah's Surrender. Another angsty rich boy controlling the innocent heroine trope? This is $2.99. I ended up buying it because why not read some over the top uber hero who claims the heroine as his and gives her too many "O's" to count?

Synopsis: John Garrett is a cynical multi-millionaire who is rarely denied anything he wants, until the day he meets Sarah McAlister. Sarah's been hurt in the past and everything about the brooding rancher sends her defenses on high alert. She tries her best to stay out of his path, but his relentless pursuit makes him all but impossible to resist.

Interesting Notable Mention: For the second week, a new to me author, Peter Heller is a #71 with The Dog Stars. The cover and the synopsis caught my eye. Sounds like a tearjerker.

Synopsis: Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for

And there you have it, the weekly top charters and notable mentions that are making waves on the best selling book lists.



Chris Hawkins said...

Great post, thanks! I was just skimming the list myself and thinking about Entangled's heavy presence there. We're happy to see fellow epubs paving the way to mainstream success!

Chris Hawkins said...

PS- this is Riptide Publishing's marketing girl Stephanie speaking; for some reason my marketing email addy is linked to the blogger identity of our former marketing director, Chris. :)

KB/KT Grant said...

Hi Stephanie! If you'd like to talk about Riptide Publishing here ala a guest post, I'd love to have you.

My email is katiebabsg at gmail dot com

JenM said...

Ugh, not more serials! I hate them and won't buy them until they are done (especially not at that ridiculous price), but I'm sure you are right that the success of Beth Kery's will encourage the publishers to put out more of them.