Saturday, January 26, 2013

Safe Haven and Hopeless Battle It Out for the Top Book Spot of the Week

Nicholas Sparks is still holding strong in the #1 spot on the New York Times Combined Fiction and E-Book list with Safe Haven, a book that's 3 years old. This is probably because of the movie that will be released on Valentine's Day. But the interesting thing is, Safe Haven is not #1 on the Best Selling Ebook list. The #2 book on the combined list, Colleen Hoover's Hopeless is. Both Nicholas and Colleen keep flip flopping each week for the top spots.Colleen has announced she sold the print rights of Hopeless to Atria, but is keeping her digital rights, which is extremely smart on her part. See more successful self-published authors doing the same. Isn't it great how they are the ones in control and make the deals they want and not the other way around? Hopeless has only been out 5 weeks and it has sold hundred of thousands of e-copies (I'd like to say around the 300,000 range). 2013 could be Colleen's year. I expect great things from her for years to come in both the self publishing and traditional publishing world.

Gone Girl is at #3 and the Fifty Shades trilogy is still in the top 10. Fifty Shades of Grey for 45 weeks, holds the #1 spot for best selling Trade Fiction. In less than 2 months this Twilight P2P fan fiction will have held this spot for an entire year. Another self published author, Addison Moore is making waves with Someone to Love at #6.

Jessica Soresen's The Coincidence of Ella and Micha is at #11, but in March it becomes a traditional published book and it will no longer be .99 cents (B&N has it as $1.99 in digital, so not so much of price hike, which is smart). It's $9.99 in print, which seems pricey to me.

Sylvia Day's Reflected in You and Bared to You are #19 and 20. Another self published author, Kendall Ryan who has multiple releases out and has been gaining some major buzz, is at #25 with Hard to Love.

In the Ebook list, H.M. Ward, best known for her self published YA and has been involved in self publishing for a few years, finally hits the list at #32 with Scandalous. Priced at .99 cents, this is very appealing to readers. Unique premise about a the heroine, who's a church minister and returns home. The man she once loved as a teenager, scandalous, millionaire artist is there. I wonder if she falls for for him all over again and if they have hot loving that uses paint?

Onto the USA Today Best Selling List...

The top 3 spots are exactly like the NYT combined list. The Fifty Shades trilogy is in the top ten along with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. There's not too many surprises this week. But M. Leighton must be thrilled to be a double hitter on this list. Up To Me is at #38 and Down to You is #110. Both these books were recently sold to traditional publishing in a very, nice nice advance for M.

One recently published book that may hit one of these list in the near future...

Collide (Collide #1) by Gail McHugh was just released last week and already has a slew of reviews on Amazon and over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads . This is a debut self published author and Collide is her first book. It's very interesting how a debut self published author can come out of nowhere and have so much buzz in a week, whereas most traditionally published debut authors are barely a blip on the radar. Collide is priced at $3.99 and is 400 pages. The reviews for the most part have been very positive.

Amazon reviewer, Nichele gives Collide 5 stars and says: "Step aside Travis Maddox, Gideon Cross, Kellan Kyle and drop that riding crop Christian Grey. I have a new Book boyfriend, that has stolen my heart for good. Not only is Gavin Blake my new hottie, but he's got a sweet side including giving beer caps as a gift...AWE tender :)".

*Not sure if comparing the love interest of Collide to some of the most semi-abusive, mentally unstable literary love interests in recent memory is a positive, but I guess there's audience for anything.*

But then Goodreads reviews H says: While I had many issues with this book, the biggest annoyance for me was Emily herself. The girl was a martyr. I don't care how much Dillon did for her in the past, that didn't give him the right to treat her like crap. She claimed that there was no one from her past to compare his behavior to. She’s a 24-year-old woman. She never dated before her mom got sick? I find that hard to believe, you know, since everyone in the book couldn’t shut up about how beautiful she is. She was a weak, spineless woman who couldn’t seem to function without a man to take care of her"

Synopsis: A missed first encounter…

Colliding with a second chance…

On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.

While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.

Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.

This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.

And there you have it! You're top charting books of the week.