Space Opera Tops Self-Published Bestsellers List

By Jason Boog 

For weeks, novelist Randolph Lalonde has led the Smashwords section of our Self Published Bestsellers List with the space opera series, Spinward Fringe.

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, December 17, 2012

1. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski: “With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets.”

2. Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond: “a man and a woman determined to stop their parents from marrying fall in love themselves.”

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. 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.”

5. 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.”

6. Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis: “Emmy is finding Kyle hard to shake. He is blatant in his feelings and desires for Emmy, putting her in an awkward situation. She tries hard to resist Kyle, but deep down inside Emmy’s motives are shady.”

7. Bluegrass Undercover by Kathleen Brooks: “Cade Davies is an ex-Army Ranger and the new head coach of the high school football team in Keeneston. He barely has time to adjust to all of the changes in his life before he runs into the school’s hot new guidance counselor and a new threat to the peaceful town of Keeneston.”

8. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan: “Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly–so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past.”

9. Wanted by Kelly Elliott: “Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18 year old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother.”

 10. Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy: “‘ABANDONED BABY FOUND’ It’s the kind of story investigative reporter Matt Winters writes about — not the kind he wants to be living. When he discovers a newborn baby girl on his doorstep, he panics …”


Barnes & Noble Self Published eBook Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, December 17, 2012

1. CAPTURE by June Gray

2. Marco’s Redemption by Lynda Chance

3. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

4. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

5. Wish List by Sylvia Day

6. Where I Need to Be by Kimberly Knight

7. Chosen by Denise Grover Swank

8. DISARM by June Gray

9. ENGAGE  by June Gray

10. BESIEGE by June Gray


Smashwords eBook Bestsellers for the Week of Monday, December 17, 2012

1. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 7: Framework by Randolph Lalonde

2. With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley

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

4. Come A Little Bit Closer: The Sullivans    by Bella Andre

5. Into the Hollow by Karina Halle

6. The Duchess War    by Courtney Milan

7. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking

8. Something in the Wine  by Jae

9. Settling the Account by Shayne Parkinson

10. Independence    by Shelly Crane


These three eBook lists were recorded on Monday, December 17, 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)