Colleen Hoover Tops Self-Published Bestsellers List

By Jason Boog Comment

After cracking the New York Times Best Sellers list, novelist Colleen Hoover held fast to her spots in all three major marketplaces for independent authors.

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 Week of August 6, 2012
(Last week’s rank in parentheses)

1. 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.” (1)

2. Our Husband by Stephanie Bond: “Three women from different walks of life–a doctor, a socialite, and a stripper–find out they have one thing in common: a husband!” (2)

3. 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.” (3)

4. Finding Emma by Steena Holmes: “When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both families lives.”
5. Love Unscripted by Tina Reber: “Ryan Christensen [is] the most sought after film star on the planet. Taryn Mitchell has been feigning contentment while running the family pub. Her peaceful life is tossed upside down when Ryan [takes] a shortcut through Mitchell’s Pub.” (8)
6. 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.” (4)
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?” (9)
8. While It Lasts by Abbi Glines: “Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues — or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?”

9. Anything He Wants 4: Collateral Damage by Sara Fawkes: “When Lucy Delacourt signed a contract with Jeremiah Hamilton, she had no idea she’d be caught up in an assassination plot against the billionaire.” (-)

10. A Deadly Blessing by Kathy Bennett: “The critically ill daughter of the governor of California has been kidnapped. LAPD Detective Maddie Divine is assigned to find her before it’s too late. But this high-profile case comes with secrets on every side: cops, politicians, even the innocent.” (7)



Barnes & Noble Self-Published eBook Bestsellers for Week of August 6, 2012

1. Weekends Required by Sydney Landon

2. For His Trust by Kelly Favor

3. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

4. Embers by Antoinette Stockenberg

5. Not Planning on You by Sydney Landon

6. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

7. For His Pleasure by Kelly Favor

8. For His Honor by Kelly Favor

9. Sand Castles by Antoinette Stockenberg

10. Murder in the River City by Allison Brennan


Smashwords eBook Bestsellers for Week of August 6, 2012

1. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking

2. Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello

3. Fairest by Chanda Hahn

4. The Last Shaman by William Whitecloud

5.  Settling the Account by Shayne Parkinson

6. The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo

7. The Battle of Verril by Joseph Lallo

8. The Grey God by Lizzy Ford

9. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

10. The Phoenix Rising by Richard L. Sanders

These three eBook lists were recorded on Monday, August 6, 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. (Image via Horia Varlan)