Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Multiple Smashwords Authors Hit New York Times Bestseller List

We knew this day was coming.  Self-published ebook authors are landing on the New York Times bestseller list in a big way.

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.


28 comments:

Catherine Stine said...

So cool!

Donna Fasano said...

Wow! Congrats to one and all!

MotownMomMusings.com said...

You're very rite when you say it was unheard of and i'm proud of the smashwords authors!

Christine Rains said...

That's fantastic! Congratulations to all the best sellers.

Ben Campbell said...

That is so alien to NY publishers, yet so inalienable to us indy authors. Congrats to all of us.

Webbiegrrl Writer said...

Congratulations to all of the "NYT Best Selling Authors" who are part of the Smashwords family :-) That's so inspiring!

-sry
@webbiegrrl

Rajasir said...

It was bound to happen and it will continue to happen, for Smashwords is definitely different from other publishers. Congratulations to all the authors and Mr. Mark Coker and the other members of the Smashwords team.

God bless you all.
Raja Sharma

Katie O'Rourke said...

i love to see this process becoming democratic. it is no longer the job of agents and publishers to decide what's worth reading.

Joleene Naylor said...

congrats to them!

Alan Hutcheson said...

It can be done. That is good to know.

stanrmitchell.com said...

Wow. This is seriously incredible news.

Red Tash said...

Wonderful! Many congrats.

Doug Moore said...

It is philosophically rewarding and downright fun to see the evolution of the e-book market.
To my fellow e-book authors and to Mark Coker and his vision, thank you for allowing me to bear witness to a paradigm shift in our chosen industry.

Truly a collective fist through the concrete.

Doug Moore

aureavicenta said...

Great news!
Congratulations to the authors selected.

Jonathan Gunson said...

Terrific!
The rise of eBooks is as inevitable as the sun will rise tomorrow.

Most writers are still waiting to be picked, to have it all 'done for them. "I'm a writer, not a marketer." they cry.

Exactly. That's why we have Smashwords - they make it So easy.

Gary Gauthier said...

Congratulations to the authors! The tables are now reversed on traditional publishers. If you have a top–notch manuscript, what's the point of shopping it around to agents? The publishers will come to you, once the market speaks on your behalf.

Mildred R Holmes said...

Yes. I am encouraging others to use Smashwords for this very reason. I knew it was bound to happen.

Jason Matthews said...

Congrats and let's keep this train a-rollin.'

Glynis said...

Congratulations to all involved!

Julie Folkers said...

Congratulations, all the hard work paid off! Great to get your work finally appreciated and to the reader who you wrote for

Anne Francis Scott said...

This is a MAJOR step forward for independent authors! Congratulations on the well deserved recognition!

Book Reviews said...

Hi to all the wonderful authors and Mark, this is a major milestone for Indie Authors and just wanted to share the good news with others at
http://lifeachangesorg.blogspot.com/2012/08/best-sellers-books-ny-times.html if that is okay. Happy happy Sunday. Charge.....

Katlynne/Ms. Downlow said...
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Katlynne/Ms. Downlow said...

Bravo! This is a fantastic accomplishment. Congratulations to these talented writers. And thanks Smashwords/Mark Coker for all you do to make this possible!

Regge Ridgway said...

Awesome news. Dream big. Congratulations

inwoody said...

Congratulations to the FAB FOUR. I'm happy for them. I also wish to express my thanks to Mr. Coker.
Wishing success to all of you.

Nicola peterson said...

Well done, gives hope to us new comers

city said...

thanks for sharing.