Guy Kawasaki Cracks Our Self Published Bestseller List

By Jason Boog Comment

A nonfiction book has finally cracked our Self Published Bestsellers List, as Guy Kawasaki joined the Amazon rankings with his APE handbook for writers.

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 28, 2013

1. Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton: “After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right.”

2. 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.”

3. Collide by Gail McHugh: “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.”

4. 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.”

5. 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.”

6. 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.”

7. Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas: “She knew she was heading towards disaster. Every instinct told her to run, but Jesse Ward was a hard man to escape.”

8. 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.”

9. 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.”

10. APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch: “APE’s thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing. We call this ‘artisanal publishing’–that is, when writers who love their craft control the publishing process and produce high-quality books.”


Barnes & Noble Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, January 28, 2013

1. Tall, Dark, and Deadly by Lisa Renee Jones

2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

3. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

4. Someone to Love by Addison Moore

5. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

6. The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

7. Up to Me by M. Leighton

8. Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart

9. Hard to Love by Kendall Ryan

10. Acquiring Trouble by Kathleen Brooks


Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, January 28, 2013

1. Jocomo  by Timothy Cohorst

2. Up to Me    by M. Leighton

3. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking 

4. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 7: Framework by Randolph Lalonde

5. Refugee by Erica Stevens

6. Wilde Ride by Maegan Lynn Moores

7. Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

8. The Proposal    by Katie Ashley

9. Devoured    by Emily Snow

10. Hard to Love by Kendall Ryan


These three eBook lists were recorded on Monday, January 28, 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.

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