Author Colleen Hoover launched her career with the help of Avett Brothers fans. This week, her dramatic series rose up our self-published bestseller list.
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 will 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.
Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for Week of July 9, 2012
(Last week’s rank in parentheses)
1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire: “Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.” (4)
2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover: “Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.” (7)
3. Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes: “Lucy Delacourt’s temp position isn’t quite her dream job but it pays the bills…barely. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings: she always manages to time it so that she sees the handsome stranger every day.” (8)
4. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover: “Layken and Will’s relationship persevered through hardships, heartache and a cruel twist of fate, further solidifying the fact that they belong together.”
5. Nerves of Steel by CJ Lyons: “Dr. Cassandra Hart is fighting a war. And losing. A deadly drug epidemic, a killer stalking her hospital…meet the ER doctor who never gives up.” (1)
6. Weekends Required by Sydney Landon: “Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant at Danvers International for three years, and he has never thought of her as a woman until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.” (9)
7. Easy by Tammara Webber: “A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?” (10)
8. A Fool for Love by Marie Force: “Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence.” (-)
9. Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello: “Lil Dartley’s life is upside down. Her previously steadfast and predictable sister is marrying an influential billionaire and needs help planning the wedding of the century in less than a month.” (-)
10. Snake Skin by CJ Lyons : “A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life. Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious and cunning than any she’s ever tackled before…” (-)
Barnes & Noble Self-Published eBook Bestsellers for Week of July 9, 2012
1. Sand Castles by Antoinette Stockenberg
2. Married by Monday by Catherine Bybee
3. A Month at the Shore by Antoinette Stockenberg
4. For His Pleasure by Kelly Favor
5. Unbreakable Bond by Gemma Halliday
6. For His Taking by Kelly Favor
7. A Charmed Place by Antoinette Stockenberg
8. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
9. Easy by Tammara Webber
10. Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella
11. The Wedding Song (Four Weddings and a Fiasco, Book 3) by Lucy Kevin
Smashwords eBook Bestsellers for Week of July 9, 2012
1. The Last Shaman by William Whitecloud
2. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking
3. Lucky Stars by Kristen Ashley
4. Old Blood by Karina Halle
5. Fairest by Chanda Hahn
6. Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
7. The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo
8. The Phoenix Rising by Richard L. Sanders
9. The Battle of Verril by Joseph Lallo
10. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
These three eBook lists were recorded on Monday, July 9, 2012.
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. Editor’s Note: Lucy Kevin was not included in the first posting of our Barnes & Noble self-published bestsellers list. (Image via Horia Varlan)