Transforming the Publishing Machine … by Darla Luke
Posted by Darla Luke
First, sorry my post is late! WordPress and I have a difference of opinion as to what “Scheduled” means. I think it means to post at an appointed time, namely 6pm Fri night. WordPress thinks maybe … never? I don’t know. Anyway, hope you enjoy this weeks (belated) post ….
Kristen Lamb’s blog earlier this week supports my assertion that Big Publishers are Clueless (if you missed it, see last week’s SJP post here). I’ve followed Kristen’s blog for a while now and have to say she’s one smart cookie. I’ve often clunked my head against the wall at times, saying something along the line of “Oh, no! I’m such an idiot and why didn’t I read Kristen before I did (insert stupid thing here)”.
Traditional publishing is a huge machine and machines don’t transform (change their business model) easily or quickly (toys & movies aside). Given time, they will adapt. Let’s hope before it’s too late to recover.
Don’t get me wrong, if I had the opportunity to publish with a traditional publisher, I’d jump on it in a heartbeat. But self-publishing is here to stay, with something for everyone. And if traditional (print) publishing can adapt and change with the times, they will be here to stay also, but transformed into something nobody can predict at this moment.
That said, there are seven (!!) self-pubbed books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list for the week of 7-20-12*:
Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services). This week #22 (last week #41) $2.99.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Smashwords). This week #27 (last week #17) $2.99
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services). This week #59 (last week #112) $3.99
Training Tessa by Lyla Sinclair (Amazon Digital Services). This week #78 (last week, not on the list) $0.99
Easy by Tammara Webber (Amazon Digital Services). This week #92 (last week #100) $3.99
Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello (Amazon Digital Services). This week #101 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
For his Pleasure by Kelly Favor (B&N Digital Publishing). This week #147 (last week, not on the list) $0.99
*I’m human and do make mistakes (a shock to my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.
At least a couple of romances hit the list this week, or maybe erotic/romance? Either way, all moved up from last week. Exciting times we live in!
I’m re-reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews on my iPhone. What are you reading? What format are you reading it on (paper, e-book, iPad, smart phone)? Do you buy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble?
About Darla LukeDarla Luke spent her childhood making up stories in her head, when she wasn't devouring every book she could get her hands on. If someone would have told her she'd be a writer when she grew up, she would have laughed herself silly. Now, writing is her passion, and she loves telling stories (especially ghost stories) and believes they all should have a happy ending.
Posted on July 21, 2012, in General and tagged author, best seller list, best selling books, Darla Luke, digital, e-publication, indie, Kristin Lamb, Publishers, publishing, reading, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, social media, USA Today's best sellers list, WANA, We Are Not Alone, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.