Children’s Book Cracks Self Published Bestsellers List

By Jason Boog Comment

For the first time, a kid’s book has topped our Self Published Bestsellers List, as Timothy Cohorst led the Smashwords marketplace with Jocomo.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we have compiled lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

We update these lists every week, tracking how writers perform inside these booming marketplaces. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you are an author, check out our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post and our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.


Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, January 14, 2013

1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover: “Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies. That’s what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before.”

2. Someone to Love by Addison Moore: “What happens when two people who don’t believe in love, happen to fall madly into the most beautiful relationship they could ever imagine? A train wreck.”

3. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen: “Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened.”

4. Rule by Jay Crownover: “I loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn’t want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please.”

5. Up to Me by M. Leighton: “Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.”

6. The Proposal by Katie Ashley: “In the weeks following Aidan’s betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn’t sure she wants to be won back by him.”

7. Beautifully Damaged by L.A. Fiore: “Ember Walsh was always the quiet one, enjoying a book and a glass of wine over the noise and crowds of a club. When her best friend asks her to come out on the town and meet the guy she likes, Ember’s world is turned upside down.”

8. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines: “To want what you’re not supposed to have… She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter.”

9. The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders: “All Alessandro de Lucci wants from his wife is a son but after a year and a half of unhappiness and disillusionment, all Theresa de Lucci wants from her ice cold husband is a divorce.”

10. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno: “A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the father who abandoned him and worthy of the devoted mother who raised him beyond the siren call of the mobster dominated family he grew up in.”


Barnes & Noble Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, January 14, 2013


1. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

3. Hard to Love by Kendall Ryan

4. Up to Me by M. Leighton

6. Someone to Love by Addison Moore

7. Chosen by Denise Grover Swank

8. For Whom The Spell Tolls by H. P. Mallory

9.  The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

10. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines


Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, January 14, 2013

1. Jocomo  by Timothy Cohorst

2. HOPELESS    by Colleen Hoover

3. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 7: Framework by Randolph Lalonde

4. Wilde Ride by Maegan Lynn Moores

5. Independence by Shelly Crane

6. Tales of the Were: Rocky    by Bianca D’Arc

7. Up to Me    by M. Leighton

8. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking 

9. Incendiary: The Premonition Series by Amy A. Bartol

10. Ricochet    by Xanthe Walter

These three eBook lists were recorded on Monday, January 14, 2013

For the Amazon list, we found the highest ranked self-published bestsellers in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid Kindle Books list. For the Barnes & Noble list, we highlighted the bestselling PubIt! eBooks from self-published authors. Finally, the Smashwords list was drawn from the bestselling titles in the company’s fiction list. None of these companies have released actual sales figures for the individual books.

If you believe your book should (or should not) be included in our rankings, feel free to email GalleyCat with your concerns. Our list will not include writers attempting to game the system by using the names of famous authors. (Image via Horia Varlan)