See Jane Publish has been high-jacked! by Darla Luke
If you’re a regular SJP reader, you’ll notice right away that I’m not Nancy. Darker hair (& younger, LOL!!), not as snarky or political. You’re missing her already, huh?
For several weeks (months, maybe … they go by so fast!) one of the Jane’s has been bugging me to guest blog (which may come as a surprise to Nancy & Kim). But – and this will be a big surprise to many people who know me – I didn’t feel I had anything of substance or interesting enough to put out there for the world to read.
Then, last September, I dipped my toe into the ocean known as self-publishing with a short story (The Haunted House of Thomas Creek, if you’re dying of curiosity), and immediately noticed that the USA Today Top 50 Best Selling Book list was in the paper every Thursday. Low and behold … self-published authors have been appearing on that list.
The first one that popped onto my radar was The Mill River Recluse, by Darcie Chan. It’s a debut novel from an unknown author – which I could identify with. It appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists week after week. 24 weeks to be exact. On her website http://darciechan.com/html/about.php she states that she’s sold over 500,000 copies of her novel.
What author, as s/he types at their computer day after day (or night as the case may be), hasn’t fantasized about being an overnight success? If we knew the real behind-the-scenes story, we might find it wasn’t overnight that success skyrocketed Darcie to these lists, because word-of-mouth is usually the long and hard way to do it.
That buoyed my dreams of financial independence. If Darcie could do it, maybe I could also. So, the idea for this segment on SJP was born (and why I’m here!). So join me every Friday as I scour the USA Today list for self- or indy-published books that made the list. The focus will be on discussing the books that made this important a milestone – especially romance – and hopefully spark conversation.
That said, this is not a one-way street. Let me know what self-published book is on your radar right now! Maybe it hasn’t hit a list yet, but it could. Every author’s dream.
Posted on June 22, 2012, in General and tagged Darcie Chan, Darla Luke, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, The Haunted House of Thomas Creek, The Mill River Recluse, USA today best seller list. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.