Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Multiple Smashwords Authors Hit New York Times Bestseller List
Take a look at the August 5 edition of The New York Times Fiction Ebook bestseller list, out yesterday. Lightning struck multiple times this week.
Congrats to Colleen Hoover (Slammed at #8, Point of Retreat at #18), R.L. Mathewson (Playing for Keeps at #16), Lyla Sinclair (Training Tessa at #17) and Bella Andre (If You Were Mine at #22, Can't Help Falling in Love at #23, and I Only Have Eyes for You at #24).
All the credit for these results go to the authors who wrote the books, the readers who purchased them and the retailers who connected these books with readers.
I'd like to thank each of the authors above for allowing Smashwords to play some role in their distribution strategy. Some of them use Smashwords to reach most of the major retailers, and some use us to reach only a few. You can find each of their books at Smashwords by clicking the title above, or find them at your favorite ebook retailer. Show them your support because they're opening doors for every indie author.
It's a big deal to see a single Smashwords author on the New York Times Bestseller list, let alone four in one week. A year ago, it was unheard of. A year from now, it'll be more commonplace. Tomorrow's global bestsellers are at Smashwords. Maybe the next bestseller will be the title uploaded to Smashwords two minutes from now, soon to be visible at the top of the Smashwords home page. Or maybe it'll be one or more of the nearly 9,000 new titles uploaded to Smashwords in the last 30 days. Or uploaded three years ago.
Or maybe tomorrow's bestseller is languishing on an undiscovered writer's computer, still waiting for a publisher to give it a chance. Maybe that writer will now realize they don't need the blessing of a publisher to become a published author, or to reach readers. Maybe they'll realize that that the tools to publish and distribute a book are available at no cost, and the knowledge to professionally publish is available for the taking. It just takes effort.
Give your book a chance. Get it out now. If you're exceptionally talented and work your butt off, then lightning might strike for you too. Or, if you're like most authors, you'll find the journey of self-publishing is reward enough, even if you don't make the New York Times bestseller list. Click here to learn how to publish and distribute with Smashwords.