USA Today Top Self-Published Books for the Week Ending 3-10-13 … by Darla Luke

As I publish this list every week, I’m fascinated with the movement of the books … up, down, static. What makes a book move up 50 and sometimes 100 spots? Yeah, I know – sales drive the list, but what drives the sales? Is it word of mouth? Social media? Reviews on Amazon.com or Goodreads? Where does the reading public spend their time?

If you know, clue me in please 🙂

Here are the self-published books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through the week ending Sunday 3-10-13*:

Wait for You by J. Lynn (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #5 (last week #61) $0.99

Never Too Far by Abbi Glines (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #9 (last week #5) $3.99

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #23 (last week #48) $3.99

Play With Me by Kristen Proby (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #30 (last week #103) $3.99

Always On My Mind: The Sullivans by Bella Andre (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #35 (last week, not on the list) $4.99

Fate Interrupted 2 (Book 2 of 2) by Kaitlyn Cross (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #36 (last week #202) $1.99

Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #40 (last week #133) $1.99

Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #47 (last week #17) $0.99  – Still on the list!! Whoohoo!!

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #66 (last week #52) $3.99

Relentless by Leo Cassia (Self-published via CreateSpace). This week #69 (last week #141) $9.99

If You Stay by Courtney Cole (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #73 (last week #38) $3.99

Tall, Dark, and Deadly by Lisa Renee Jones (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #75 (last week #72) $0.99

Forever Black by Sandi Lynn (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #88 (last week #56) $3.99

Hard to Resist by Shanora Williams (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #129 (last week #63 ) $0.99

A Terrible Love by Marata Eros (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #134 (last week #60) $0.99

Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #147 (last week #108) $3.99

*I’m human and 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.

Darla Luke

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About Darla Luke

Darla 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 March 15, 2013, in General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post, Darla! I wish I could clue you in. Like you, I’m happy to see Elisabeth Naughton is still on the list. Yay to a fellow Rose!

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  2. Ah…the secret of all secrets. If I knew, I’d sell it. 🙂 I think it’s two things combined with a little magic: 1) A great story; 2) A good backlist that has been built over several years; and 3) Magic–the magic of hitting the zeitgeist of reader interest with something new, slightly different. The first two the author can control. As for the last one, I don’t think anyone knows what makes a hit. However, I can guarantee if you don’t write the next book, and the next, and the next you don’t have as much of a chance.

    I know that with every book I release, the number of readers who finds me grows and if they like the book they go looking for all other books I’ve written. I haven’t made a bestseller list yet, but I haven’t given up hope either. 🙂

    When I look at someone like Elisabeth Naughton, I see an author who has consistently written good books. When she released Wait for Me she already had a backlist of 12 books that included adventure and suspense (some paranormal, some straight suspense). Anyone who didn’t already know Elisabeth Naughton could immediately look her up and see she was a proven author over many years. That makes a reader more willing to take a chance.

    As we cannot control the zeitgeist, I figure the best thing to do is to keep writing great stories and getting them out there with professional editing and covers. I’m hoping to be at 8 books by the end of 2013, so who knows. Maybe one will find that niche, or maybe I have to go to 12 or 14. It’s best to play the long game, because counting on the short game will only be a frustrating distraction.

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