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The List Where Indies Count

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Featuring the top selling indie titles, culled from sources including USA Today, Amazon, The New York Times and B&N.com

Books, Homepage Sub  •  Apr 30, 2011


1. VEGAS MOON (A Donovan Creed Novel) by John Locke. Suspense. (Ebook) 2. A TALE OF TWO LIVES: THE SUSAN LEFEVRE FUGITIVE STORY by Marie S. Walsh. Memoir. (Paperback) 3. DIARY OF A MAD FAT GIRL by Stephanie McAfee. Humor. (Ebook) 4. THE SHACK by William P. Young. Inspirational. (Paperback) 5. THE SPELL by Heather Killough-Walden. Romantic Suspense. (Ebook)
6. THE RIGHTEOUS by Michael Wallace. Thriller. (Ebook) 7. LETHAL EXPERIMENT (A Donovan Creed Novel) by John Locke. Suspense. (Ebook) 8. LIQUID FEAR: A Mystery Thriller by Scott Nicholson. Mystery Thriller. (Ebook) 9. A GIRL LIKE YOU (A Donovan Creed Novel) by John Locke. Suspense. (Ebook) 10. HER LAST LETTER by Nancy C. Johnson. Romantic Suspense. (Ebook)


Interesting Stats:

* Three of the books on the List were written by the same author, John Locke.  Locke’s book, Saving Rachel, was the first Indie book in history to hit #1 on Amazon/Kindle. In total, he has sold more than 875,000 downloads since January. March book sales of 369,115 on Kindle alone means that approximately every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, a John Locke book was downloaded somewhere in the world. Locke expects to pass the one million sales mark for Kindle by the end of May, something only three other authors in history have achieved: Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts.

* Stephanie McAfee, the author of “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl”, has just signed a three-book deal with NAL, an imprint of Penguin.

* As of December 15, 2010, “The Shack”, has 10 million copies in print, has been on The NYTimes Best Seller list for 126 consecutive weeks, including 52 weeks at #1. It has been on the USA Today Top 150 List for 149 weeks and was ranked by USA Today as the 6th Best-Selling book of 2008 and 2009. It was ranked by Nielsen as the Top Best-Selling book of 2008 and the 2nd Best-Selling book of 2009. “The Shack” remains a self-published book.

* Four of the books (“The Shack”, “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl”, “The Spell” and “Her Last Letter”) are currently on The NYTimes Best Seller List, even though The NYTimes purports not to include self-published books.

  • http://www.DDScott.com D. D. Scott

    Congrats to my friends, John Locke and Stephanie McAfee — two fantabulous people and fantabulous Indie Epub Authors too!

    Sooo thrilled to be sharing this Indie Epub Journey with you!!!

    • Amy Edelman

      Hi DD…if you know Stephanie I’d really appreciate it if you’d ask her to get in touch. I reached out but didn’t hear back and would love to interview her for the IR site. Thx!

  • http://www.jameswlewis.com/blog/wordpress/my-work/ James W. Lewis

    Wow, I’d never heard of this list. I hope to be on this list one day. I’m inspired!

  • http://thewriterscabin.blogspot.com Bryan Koepke

    Great to see and hear news of self published authors doing so well at selling their novels.

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