The I Reader Review website has begun compiling a monthly list they call “The Top Indie Authors.” The Top 100 Indie Authors for May is based on sales figures for authors from the April.
To my delight and joy, I made the list. And not only did I make the Top 100, but I made the Top 50!!!
That is unreal to me. One year ago, I was doing a lot of soul searching while I wrestled with the decision to self-publish Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. If you had told me last year that a year later I’d be on that list, I would have laughed–at how deluded you must be. I was hoping to sell 1000 books of Twenty-Eight by the end of 2011.
I met my goal.
The list ranks me at #47, but the truth is my accurate sales totals put me between #33-#39. It all depends where Amazon borrows fall into the figures. For anyone looking at the totals, that puts me a little over 15,000 books sold in April.
And that seems unreal.
So what doea that list mean? Not much, really. But it is validation. Self-publishing has become more acceptable, but there’s still discrimination toward self-published authors. This list shows that we take what we do seriously and we’re making money at it. It’s a statement to the world that those top 100 authors are doing pretty well on the self-publishing path.
So what’s my secret? Multiple books. Multiple books in a series. My book sales are spread across five books. Those add up quick. This won’t happen every month, but I’m going to enjoy the months that it does.
And by now, I know I’m becoming repetitive, but I have to thank my readers! I literally wouldn’t be on that list without you.