USA Today Top Self-Published Books for the Week Ending 3-24-13 … by Darla Luke

A lot of self-published books stayed on the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list this week, and quite a few moved up or shot to the top like a rocket. It’s exciting to see new names or series make or stay in the public’s eye and on their e-reader! Lets hope the trend continues!!

Here are the self-published books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through the week ending Sunday 3-24-13*:

Wait for You by J. Lynn (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #7 (last week #6) $0.99

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #12 (last week #288) $3.99

Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #19 (last week #223) $2.99

Twisted by K. A Robinson (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #40 (last week #206) $3.99

Never Too Far by Abbi Glines (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #47 (last week #15) $3.99

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #60 (last week #29) $3.99

Unbroken by Melody Grace (Self-published via PubIt!). This week #63 (last week #60) $2.99

Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #71 (last week #314) $0.99

Lily’s Mistake by Pamela Ann (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #73 (last week #46) $1.99

Mistress Mistake by Lynda Chance (Self-published via PubIt!). This week #75 (last week #228) $2.99

The Wilde Series by Janelle Denison (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #79 (last week, not on the list) $2.99

Fate Interrupted 2 (Book 2 of 2) by Kaitlyn Cross (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #94 (last week, not on the list) $1.99

Torn by K.A. Robinson (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #104 (last week #282) $3.99

Leo by Mia Sheridan (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #112 (last week, not on the list) $3.99

Fate Interrupted by Kaitlyn Cross (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #114 (last week, not on the list) $0.99

Collide by Gail McHugh (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #115 (last week #214) $3.99

Fate and Fury by Quinn Loftis (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #117 (last week #102) $3.99

A Clash of Honor by Morgan Rice (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #123 (last week, not on the list) $2.99

Anything He Wants: Castaway Sara Fawkes (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #126 (last week, not on the list) $3.99

Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #129 (last week #81) $0.99  – Still hanging on the list!! Whoohoo! Way to go, Elisabeth!!

Tall, Dark, and Deadly by Lisa Renee Jones (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #131 (last week #95) $0.99

Forever Black by Sandi Lynn (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #144 (last week #101) $3.99

After Math by Denise Grover Swank (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #150 (last week #284) $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 29, 2013, in General and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Yes, it’s exciting to see how authors and titles move through the list. Yay, Elisabeth! Thanks for taking the time to keep us looped in, Darla. You’re much appreciated! 🙂

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  2. Good to see Elisabeth still there! I agree Susan and Paty, each of us will be there one day. As to sales to get in the Top 150, I’ve heard it is 10,000 ebooks within one week. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I heard it or read it (or dreamed it). So take it with a grain of salt. The bottom line is to hit a list is all about velocity. One of the reasons you can see someone hitting a list with a book that has been out a year, is that it has been slowly building from ten books a week to thirty books a week until one week it hits whatever that magic number is.

    Another possible factor is pricing. Take a look at the pricing in this weeks list. The most expensive is $3.99. Wait for You is an example. By YA fantasy author Jennifer Armentrout, this is an adult book under her pen name J. Lynn. It has been at 99 cents since hitting the list. In the past three weeks it has gone from #5 to #6 and now at #7. Does the price increase velocity? Yes. Does the fact that Jennifer has a large following under Armentrout help? Maybe. Is it a well-written book? Certainly, or it wouldn’t be there at all.

    I personally believe that pricing can increase velocity. Does this mean you have to offer your book at 99 cents in order to have a chance of making the list. I don’t think so. There are others at 2.99 and 3.99. However much low pricing helps velocity, pricing alone will not make a bestseller. Just look at how many 99 cent books are out there already. Like everything else in this business, it’s a combination of factors. The first and most important is to write a great book. The second is for that book to somehow positively hit the imagination of many readers who talk it up. After those two things, yes pricing and following and who knows how many other things will make a difference.

    Though I would love to be on the list in the future, I’m not going to focus on that as a goal. I don’t think I have control over what book will hit. I know, for sure, I’m not going to attempt to write to what I think the market wants. I’m just going to write the best books I can for me and hope one or more catch the zeitgeist. 🙂

    Here are links to a few articles on bestseller lists in general that I have found interesting in the past. Both of these were written in 2012, so who knows if the numbers are still close or not.

    http://kriswrites.com/2012/01/18/the-business-rusch-bestseller-lists-and-other-thoughts/

    http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2012/08/17/amazon-monthly-100/

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    • Maggie – Thank you for all the info! I tried to read Katheryn Rusch’s column, but it made my head hurt :-/. In what I *did* read, she didn’t differentiate between NYT Best-Sellers and USA Today Best-Seller lists. I believe there is a vast difference in what volume books have to sell make either list.

      I’m a big believer in making a goal something I can control, and a dream out of something I can’t. That way, I don’t make myself crazy.

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  3. Thanks for the list, Darla! Some day….

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  4. Thanks SO much for keeping this list going, Darla. Every Friday morning I find myself rushing over to SJP to see who’s on it. One of these days The Janes will be here too 🙂 What kind of sales do you think it takes to get in the Top 150? The busy lady is curious.

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    • Thank you,Susan & Paty for the encouragement! Always glad to hear someone is reading the list, and taking something away from it, even if it’s a “Someday we’ll make it to the list” dream 🙂

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