Saturday, October 27, 2012

Self Published Authors Making Major Waves on the Major Book Lists

There's been some major shake up in the top 10 and more than a few new faces have appeared, mainly some self-published authors who have stormed the New York Times and USA Today best selling list.

Let's talk about the Time's Combined Print and Ebook list, shall we?

There's 3 new books in the top 3 spots. Patricia Cornwell is at #1 with her 20th book in the Kay Scarpetta series with The Bone Bed, followed by Nelson DeMille's The Panther and The Twelve, Justin Cronin's sequel to his big post apocalyptic hit (tries to be Stephen King's The Stand but can't even compete) with The Passage.

The Fifty Shades trilogy is still hanging on in the top 10 along with The Casual Vacancy, Reflected in You and Gone Girl.

If you keep your eyes on Amazon and Barnes and Noble top 20, you have a good indication of what books will end up on the New York Times and USA Today best selling lists. I would also recommend checking out Goodreads. Any self published book that has over 1,000 reviews there usually charts. Most of the books on this list are many self published authors, and ones who with their very first book published are hitting these lists. How? They don't have a following that I know of and end up selling thousands of digital only books in their first or second weeks. Plus many are Young Adult or the new hottest genre- New Adult that is confusing in itself. So many assume just because the characters are in that 18-25 age range, it can be a New Adult. I expect an explosion of New Adult type books (or authors who will label their book New Adult just to grab those readers) in 2013.

Last week I called it with Cora Comack's Losing It. This is Cora's first book and it comes in at #18 and #15 in ebook. Took 2 weeks out to make this list. It's about a 21 year old senior in college who wants to lose her virginity, and  has a one night stand with a guy who she has no clue will end up being her professor.

Cora also signed with an agent this week so expect Losing It to be swept up by one of the Big 6 (buy it now before the price goes up. It's $3.99) and for her to get a nice book deal.

Also the cover confuses me. At first it looks like two boys staring at one another and the blond guy on top looks more like a twelve year old than a college professor. Or maybe it's just me who is over analyzing?

S.H. Kolee with Love Left Behind is at #20 and #17 in ebook.

Samantha Young's move to Penguin has paid off. On Dublin Street has finally appeared at #30 and #25 in ebook.

Notable Self Published Author Mention: It was about time for Jessica Sorensen to finally hit a list. She had a very big following as a Young Adult author with many free books on Kindle, as well as many low priced ones around the .99 cent range. Her latest release, The Secret of Ella and Micha is at #30 on the Best Selling Ebook list and is only .99 cents (released on October 2nd). I ended up buying this one and did enjoy it and would give it around a B grade. I'm not sure if this is a Young Adult or New Adult since the leads are over 18, but collage age. Also toward the end there's a few, what I guess would be explicit type love scenes, but it does fit the tone of the novel about two eighteen or nineteen year olds in major lust and love with one another. A lot of kissing and making out and Micha deciding on an alternate way to give Ella pleasure. Let's just say it involves his finger entering a certain area in Ella. Young Adult, I think not in this case.

Notable Self Published Author Mention: #32 is held by self published author, Chelsea Cameron with, My Favorite Mistake (published September 28th, $3.99). Another New Adult set in college about a woman torn for a man with tattoos who plays a guitar. Major emo and angst going on here it seems.

Synopsis: Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, and even though her other roommates adore him, she wants him gone before it's too late.

Hunter himself has been been burned before, but the fact that Taylor calls him out on his crap and has the sexiest laugh ever make him decide maybe love isn't a lost cause. They make a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment--and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.

But when the man who holds the key to Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces and threatens to wreck everything, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.


Unto the USA Today list...

The top 10 is a mix of the top sellers from the New York Times, although the Fifty Shades trilogy looks like it may drop out of the top 10 since the 3 books hold spots 7-9. I see this happening next week. The Casual Vacancy continues to drop drastically, but then again over 1 million copies have been sold so I don't hink JK is boo-hooing too hard.

Losing it is at #30, Love Left Behind at #39, On Dublin Street at #54, The Secret of Ella and Micha at #84, My Favorite Mistake at #90.

Notable Self Published Author Mention: Another book I called last week that would hit some list is The Perfect Game by J.Sterling at #46. Very mixed reviews for this one and those who didn't care for the book are scathing in their reviews. Should be interesting to see if this one hit the NYT next week. I guess this is also New Adult.

Shirley Jump is at #106 with a former traditionally published book, now a self published book-The Bride Wore Chocolate (2004 Zebra book). It's $3.99.

Synopsis: Candace Woodrow knows it's a recipe for disaster. She has no business even looking at another man--no matter how sinfully sexy he is--much less waking up in Michael Vogler's bed three weeks before she marries Mr. Right. She's determined the wedding will go off without a hitch--as long as she can keep her meddling grandmother, her flighty mother, and her well-meaning friends from interfering with her plans--and pointing out her doubts every time she turns around. And it won't be easy--since Michael's just become Candace's biggest client, with an order for thousands of the Gift Baskets to Die For she creates with her friends. Worse, he wants to work closely with Candace...every step of the way. It's enough to drive a girl to intravenous chocolate consumption, 24/7. And the way Candace's heart flip-flops whenever Michael is around is an industrial-sized clue that keeping a tight rein on her future and her heart might not be such a good idea. But risking it all for a man she barely knows is even crazier, right?

Author to keep your eye on...

Madeline Sheehan is the next author to watch with Undeniable. I'm hearing so many crazy things about this book, especially regarding the age difference between the main couple. The heroine is five years old when she meet's her future soul mate, who's 23 and in jail. It's all about motorcycle gangs very much in the vein of Kristen Ashley. It's about to break the top 20 for best selling fiction at Amazon.

It was released on October 6th, 219 pages and is $1.99. The low price and recent talk about the book, both good and bad has people buying and reading. Based on some of the Goodreads reviews, I think I'll pass on this one.

Synopsis: ***Warning*** (This book contains several aspects of the uglier side of life; it is not for everyone.)

The story of Deuce and Eva...

An undeniable connection that stands the test of time.

Unforgettable moments.

Love and pain and everything in between.

I was five years old when I met Deuce, he was twenty-three, and it was visiting day at Riker's Island. My father, Damon Fox or "Preacher", the President of the infamous "Silver Demon's" motorcycle club -mother chapter- in East Village, New York City, was doing a five-year stint for aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon. It was not the first time my father had been in prison and it wouldn't be the last. The Silver Demon's MC was a notorious group of criminals who lived by the code of the road and gave modern society and all it entailed a great big f**k you.

"Never forget the day Eva came bouncin' into my f**ked up life, shakin' pigtails, singin' Janis, wearin’ chucks and sharin' peanuts and straight up stole any decency I had left which wasn't a whole lot but she f**kin' took it and I've been hers ever since."

The rest is history...

There you have it, your top charting books for the week.



Kristin said...

Losing It is on my TBR list. It sounds like a great story but I agree that the cover is horrible. Hopefully when the book is re-released it will have a better cover.
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Mrs Giggles said...

If everything is new adult, that means adult novels are now old adult. So depressing.

michelle said...

Perhaps you ought to read Undeniable yourself rather than relying on a couple of bad reviews. I've read it and it's absolutely fantastic - my book of the year so far.