If You Saw it Here, You Read it First

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There’s a lot to be said about being one of the first people to discover a great book.

Featured, Homepage Sub  •  Dec 28, 2012

 

There’s a lot to be said about being one of the first people to discover a great book.

Like Neil Armstrong with the moon or Carrie with a new terrorist lead on “Homeland”, it gives you bragging rights and the feeling of discovery. You’re a hero to your book group and your friends hang on your recommendations like tinsel on a Christmas tree.

You probably bought the book for less money than you would have spent on an already best seller, and you may have stumbled on a new genre, like New Adult Fiction or out-of-the-closet-erotica. And did we mention that it gives you bragging rights?

Here we present our first annual, “If You Saw It Here, You Read it First” post, a listing of the self-published books that were picked up by traditional publishers this year.

Don’t say we didn’t share.

On the Island”, Tracey Garvis Graves

First appeared on IR’s best seller list March 18th

The ebook, said to have sold 340,000 copies, was reissued for re-release by Plume (an imprint of Penguin) in July 2012 (same beach on the cover…different pose).  Tracey’s second novel, “Covet” will be pubbed in 2013, with foreign rights previously sold to the UK, Brazil, France, Italy, and Portugal. 

 

 

Hugh Howey’s “Wool

First appeared on IR’s best seller list April 9th

Simon & Schuster has acquired North American rights to Hugh Howey’s science fiction series, “Wool” in the first-ever print-only deal from a Big 6 publisher.

Howey gained notoriety for building an audience on his own for the e-books, and initially turned down traditional deals. The series has also been optioned been optioned by 20th Century Fox. “Wool” was first released in July 2011.

 

Jamie McGuire’sBeautiful Disaster

First appeared on IR’s best seller list April 16th

Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint picked up McGuire’s title, the story of a young girl who tries to overcome a dark past by reinventing herself in college, after it reportedly sold more than 200,000 copies.

Then Warner Brothers swooped in to acquire the film rights.

 

 

Sylvia Day’s “Bared to You

First appeared on IR’s best seller list April 29th

“Bared to You”, the first book in Day’s Crossfire series about the sexually charged bond between billionaire Gideon and young Eva, has been a constant on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, along with the second title in the series, “Reflected in You”.

The series was acquired by Berkley Books, which released its eBook edition in May 24 and sold more than 250,000 eBooks (and that’s after Day sold 100,000 digital copies of the original self-published edition).  Berkley pubbed its slightly revised print edition in June, with a 500,000-copy first print run, proving that you can never have too much originally self-pubbed erotica.

Tammara Webber’s “Easy

First appeared on IR’s best seller list June 4th

Proving that her book is hardly easy (and has a crossover readership that includes teens and adult romance readers), two Penguin imprints, Berkley Books and Penguin Young Readers Group, have jointly acquired Webber’s self-pubbed novel Easy.

Penguin will take over sale of the e-book on October 9 and Berkley released a trade paperback edition on November 6.

The book was recently cited in The New York Times as being one of the first in the new category of “New Adult” fiction.


Tina’s Reeber’s “Love Unscripted

First appeared on IR’s best seller list June 24th.

“Love Unscripted” and it’s sequel “Love Unrehearsed” were picked up by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

 

 

 

 

Slammed” by Colleen Hoover

First appeared on IR’s best seller list June 24th

Colleen Hoover self pubbed Slammed in January, where it steadily climbed the bestseller lists, ultimately hitting number 8 at the NYTimes.

Breaking the indie erotica trend, Slammed tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with her neighbor who writes slam poetry.

The book was recently cited in The New York Times as being one of the first in the new category of “New Adult” fiction.

Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover

First appeared on IR’s best seller list August 13th

Hoover’s second novel, Point of Retreat was published in February and also climbed IR’s  list.

Simon & Schuster wasted little time in scooping up the pair for their Atria imprint, winning the rights after a heated bidding war.

The trade paperback was released in June.

 

While it Lasts” by Abbi Glines

First appeared on IR’s best seller list August 20th

Abbi Glines signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Simon Pulse imprint for The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers.  Also included in the deal was the SEABREEZE “new adult” series, including the “Because of Low” and “While it Lasts”, about the goings-on in Sea Breeze, Alabama and the to-die for romances of its beloved inhabitants.

According to the publisher, Glines has sold more than 150,000 digital copies of the books since October 2011.

The book was recently cited in The New York Times as being one of the first in the new category of “New Adult” fiction.

Kelli Maines’ “Taken

First appeared on IR’s best seller list September 3rd

Kelli Maine’s “Taken”, about the dance of seduction between a mercurial hotelier and the architect he kidnaps to restore his historic Yucatan-style hacienda off the coast of Florida and “The Give & Take” series was sold to Grand Central Forever.

Her first books with Forever, Taken and No Takebacks, come out as e-books this month, followed by trade paperback versions in January.

 

On Dublin Street” by Samantha Young

First appeared on IR’s best seller list September 10th

In a major deal closed during the week of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the bestselling self-published romance sold to NAL, a Penguin imprint, for seven figures in a two-book deal that included a currently untitled follow-up.

The novel, which is set in Edinburgh, a woman is awakened (sexually and otherwise) when she meets the intense brother of her new flat mate, has reportedly sold more than 150,000 copies (in digital) in one month.

White Trash Beautiful” by Teresa Mummert

First appeared on IR’s best seller list on September 30th

Proving yet again that the best way to get a publisher’s attention is to get on IndieReader’s best seller list (and hey, The New York Times and USA Today don’t hurt, either), Teresa Mummert sold the first three books in her “Beautiful” series, starting with her bestseller, “White Trash Beautiful”, to Gallery, in a significant deal at auction.

 

 

Losing It” by Cora Carmack

First appeared on IR’s best seller list October 22nd

Cora Carmack landed a high six figures three-book deal with HarperCollins for her bestseller, “Losing It”, with foreign rights sold in Greece, Korea, Spain, and Turkey.  The HarperCollins “Losing It” e-book will be available before the end of the year. A print version will follow in the spring.

“Losing It” is the first book by the “twenty-something” author.

 

All In by Raine Miller

First appeared on IR’s best seller list November, 5th

Miller inked a three-book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint. Through the deal, Atria has released its own digital editions of the first two titles in Miller’s Naked series—Naked and All In—which she originally released on her own.

The titles were published by Atria as e-books on December 12, and trade paperback editions are scheduled to follow. The third book in the deal, Eyes Wide Open, has not yet been released and is scheduled from Atria in spring 2013. Atria said that since Naked came out on August 25, it has sold more than 150,000 copies in digital, while All In, released on November 9, has sold 120,000 copies.

The Secret of Ella and Micha” by Jessica Sorenson

First appeared on IR’s best seller list December 3rd

Grand Central Publishing picked up “The Secret of Ella and Micha” trilogy, which means they will be publishing “The Secret of Ella and Micha”, “The Forever of Ella and Micha”, and “The Temptation of Lila and Ethan”. 

 

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