Monday, February 23, 2015

Top Self-Published Genres in 2014

As usual, Romance dominated Smashword's bestseller list for 2014.

Of the top 25 bestselling novels, 16 were Romance. Four were historical fiction, which appears to be making a comeback, and six were YA, which did well everywhere last year.

The mean price was $2.99.

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Also dominating the annual list were series. According to Smashwords Founder Mark Coker, 21 of 25 books on the list are by series writers, and all the authors have at least one series starter priced at "perma-free."
"We've been advocating this strategy for six years," Coker says. "It works. We introduced enhanced series metadata capabilities in late 2013, and this set the stage for some strong series performance in 2014."
List from Publishers Weekly.

RankTitleAuthorGenrePrice
1Broken SilenceNatasha PrestonRomance$2.99
2Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2)Shayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
3Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)Shayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
4Betrayed: Book Two - The Road to RedemptionNicky CharlesParanormal Romance$2.99
5A Second ChanceShayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
6Enjoying the ChaseKirsty MoseleyRomance$2.99
7Drawn 2 - Redemption (Damien)Lilliana AndersonRomance$3.99
8Heller's RegretJD NixonMystery$2.99
9FableChanda HahnYA Fiction$3.99
10ReignChanda HahnYA Fiction$3.99
11A Sweet Life Boxed SetVarious AuthorsRomance$2.99
12Tall, Silent and LethalR.L. MathewsonParanormal Romance$2.99
13Saving AngelBrenda KennedyRomance$2.99
14Pride Over PityKailyn LowryMemoir$9.99
15Storm ShellsGJ Walker-SmithYA Romance$3.99
16Second HeartsGJ Walker-SmithYA Romance$3.99
17The WillKristen AshleyRomance$3.99
18The Silver SirenChanda HahnYA Fiction$3.99
19All For ThisLexi RyanRomance$3.99
20Daisy's WarShayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
21Poles ApartKirsty MoseleyRomance$2.99
22Secret NorthGJ Walker-SmithYA Fiction$3.99
23DeaconKristen AshleyRomance$3.99
24Four Score (Gypsy Brothers, #4)Lili Saint GermainRomance$2.99
25UnconditionalMelody GraceRomance$4.99

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