Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reflected in You Still At #1 and Self Published Authors Get Mega Book Deals This Week

For the second week in a row, Sylvia Day's Reflected in You is sitting pretty in the #1 spot on the New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Fiction. The last time we had a book one the #1 spot for more than one week was Fifty Shades of Grey, which is #3 this week followed by the next 2 books in the top 5.

Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is at #2 (#1 still in hard cover) and it has already sold one million copies and it's only been 2 weeks!

The top 10 is a wide collection of books that should interest any reader, especially the romance reader. Can you believe how much the romance genre has taken this book list by storm? Amazing.

M. Leighton is still making waves (and because of it got a book deal with Berkley) with Down to You at #12 and #8 in ebook.

The top 30 is filled with many familiar faces who write romance such as The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst, Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Roberts and Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley.

In ebook, for a third week in a row, Teresa Mummert's White Trash Beautiful is at #34. Teresa is no longer a self published author. She sold White Trash Beautiful and the next two books to Gallery for an advance anywhere between $250,000-$500,000.

If you're a self published author and hit the New York Times with a book more than once, it's a pretty good inclination traditional publishing is going to come knowing and offer you a hefty advance. I guess it's easier this way than going through the slush pile.

Unto the USA Today best sellers...

For the first time in a very long time, The Hunger Games trilogy isn't in the top 10 and there's a lot of non-fiction reads there. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is there with Reflected in You and The Casual Vacancy.

Notable Mention: Who doesn't love Well now you can read it in book form. Mattthew Inman's How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is at #29.

Synopsis: Jesus Rollerblading Christ--another helping of TheOatmeal! Mrow, MOAR kitty comics. Mr. Oats delivers a sidesplitting serving of cat comics in his new book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You.If your cat is kneading you, that's not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn't a gift. It's a warning. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at

Notable Self Published Author Mention: I knew this book was bound to hit and expect S.H. Kolee to get a book deal because of it. Love Left Behind is at #35 and of the most part has okay reviews, although the male love interest is a bit too intense and dark from what I've heard. Was published on 9/22,  is 416 pages and costs $3.99.

Synopsis: It's not everyday that you get to move to New York City and reinvent yourself. I was tired of being boring, predictable Emma Mills. I was convinced that my life would be totally different in the Big Apple.

And I was right.

Jackson Reynard was irresistible and I had no plans on resisting him. Jackson was the epitome of tall, dark and handsome and I was more than happy to let him sweep me off my feet. I expected a summer fling but instead I got a heart-stopping romance. I realized that I had met the love of my life. I just didn't realize that sometimes love isn't enough.

It's hard enough getting over an ex. It's even harder when he becomes Hollywood's next biggest heartthrob and his face is plastered on every magazine cover. But the hardest part? The hardest part is when he thrusts himself back into my life and won't let go of the past.

I survived losing the man I loved the first time. I don't think I'll survive it again.

Notable Self Published Author Mention: One Dublin Street by Samantha Young is at #38 and was already picked up by NAL, plus the sequel for a 7 figure deal (most likely $1 million). It's now $5.99 in ebook, up $2 since NAL bought it. That was fast if you think about it since the book was only released on August 31st. And they say publishing moves slow. Not anymore! But then again On Dublin Street has sold 150,000 copies in one month.

A few self published authors and their books to keep your eye on that may or may not chart at one point...

Cora Carmack's Losing It is at some buzz behind it. This "New Adult" book was just published last week. It's 204 pages and costs $3.99. The heroine decides to finally lose her virginity to some guy who then ends up being her professor. Wackiness ensues then. The guy on this cover looks more like a teenager than an older, distinguished college professor. And why because it takes place in college makes it a New Adult? The heroine is 21 and there's sex with an older man in it. How is that New Adult?

Synopsis: Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling came out last week, is 256 pages and costs $3.99. From the reviews, the love male interest is a major jerk and there's cheating on his part and not much research regarding the sport aspect. If you like reading major cheating jerk male love interests and the unbelievability factor, which seems to have become the norm in a book like this, The Perfect Game may be perfect reading for you. Also labeled as a mature New Adult novel which is really a romance novel but since the author wants to grab fans of New Adult books, why not label it as so?

Synopsis: He's a game she never intended to play. And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.

There you have it! This weeks chart topping books!



Mrs Giggles said...

I find it amusing how bestselling Amazon indie sellers are snapped up by traditional publishers so quickly. Reminds me of when these folks were buying up erotic romance authors left and right a few years ago.

One thing I'm curious about is how happy these indie-got-bought authors would be in a few years. One thing's for sure: there is a chance they may not be earning as much as they could have been cutting out the middleman, and then we have issues like contract, digital rights, etc. It will be interesting to see the fallout.

Sara M said...

"New Adult" seems to be a new genre to encompass 18-24 years olds, an age group that isn't represented as much between YA and most adult fiction. That's why the novel involving college students is considered "New Adult".

I personally, think "New Adult" sounds younger than "Young Adult" and I still think of myself as a young adult even though I'm almost 25. Somewhere along the line "Young Adult" became synonymous with "Teen" and "New Adult" is trying to appeal to younger adults in college or just beginning their careers.

KB/KT Grant said...

Mrs. Giggles: I think self published authors are over the moon to be picked up by the big 6 pubs, especially when they're offered up to $1 million deals. But if you're making $50k-$100k a month on your own, why would you take that $1 million deal? You're going to lose money in the long run and everyone takes a cut, plus you only get paid twice a year, not counting any returns and etc... But again, every writer and author wants to be published with a traditional pub.

I can see in a few years the 7 figure offering will increase to 8 figures. Some authors are smart though. Looks at Bella Andre who only sold her print rights and not her digital and audio rights to Harlequin. She's very smart to do so.

Sara: New Adult should have that tone as Young Adult has but that's not what's happening. Just because you write about a main character who is under 25 and in college or whatnot doesn't mean it's New Adult.