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Posts Tagged ‘R.L. Mathewson’

New Adult Fiction Rises on Self-Published Bestsellers List

New adult fiction continued to rise on our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week, as S.L. Jennings entered our rankings with Fear of Falling.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.


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Gail McHugh Tops Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Gail McHugh rocketed up our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week, grabbing two spots with her contemporary romance novels.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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J.C. Reed Dominates Self-Published Bestsellers List

For another week in a row, novelist J.C. Reed has seized the top two spots in our Self-Published Bestsellers List.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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J.C. Reed Tops Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist J.C. Reed has topped our Self Published Bestsellers List this week with her “Surrender Your Love” series.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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The Cover That Launched a Thousand iBookstore Sales

Self-published novelist R.L. Mathewson initially published Playing for Keeps with a plain blue and white cover, but saw a significant sales spike in the iBookstore once she added a steamy Shutterstock photo to her cover (embedded below).

Smashwords founder Mark Coker outlined the sales spike in a chart in his second annual Money Money Money presentation about Smashwords sales (complete slideshow embedded above). We caught up with Mathewson to get some cover design advice from the independent author:

The new covers caught the readers eye and it helped clear up any confusion they may have had about the books. The new cover along with the price helped the books sell. I would say that you should avoid covers that cause confusion, are horrible to look at, too plain, or too over the top. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good cover, but you do need something that can help draw attention to your book and intrigue someone to take a chance on your work.

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Sandi Lynn Rises on Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Sandi Lynn has climbed our Self-Published Bestsellers List, rising within the Barnes & Noble and Amazon marketplaces.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

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Lovecraftian Pulp Space Opera Tops Our Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Nathan Shumate has dominated the Smashwords section of our Self-Published Bestsellers List for three weeks with Space Eldritch, a pulp space opera collection inspired by H. P. Lovecraft.

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.

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Smashwords Authors Published 138,070+ Books

Digital publishing site Smashwords has published more than 138,070 books, exceeding a total of five billion words.

Smashwords founder Mark Coker revealed some interesting statistics in a blog post: “As I write this, five of the Apple’s iBookstore’s top 20 bestsellers are from Smashwords authors R.L. Mathewson (read our interview with R.L. Mathewson here), S.C. Stephens (we’ll publish an interview with S.C. very soon at the Smashwords blog) and Jamie McGuire (Jamie just sold rights to a traditional publisher).  That’s one in four.  12 months ago, those five slots were occupied by the books from traditional publishers. 12 months from now, how many more slots will be occupied by an indie author?  That’s up to you.”

AppNewser has more about sales projections: “According to Coker, Smashwords retailers will sell $18 to $20 million worth of eBooks this year.”