Thursday, May 3, 2012

52,362 Total Self Published Books Sold in 8 Months!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all my readers who've bought my books and the many, many traditional and self published authors who shared their wisdom with me over the last 8 months.  It's been a wild ride! 

When I first decided to self publish my backlist of books, I'd just received a particularly hard rejection letter from my editor.  Rejection is a part of publishing, just like good reviews and the not so good reviews.  You suck it up and move on.  I was at a crossroads in my writing and facing paying college tuition bills for 3 kids!!  Let's just say I was motivated to see how self publishing my books that had previously been published would fit into my writing career.

The VERDICT:  Fantastic!!

I've said this many times before and I'll say it move to self publish did not mean then and does not mean now that I plan on abandoning my efforts to continue with traditional publishing.  That is still my goal.  I have a fantastic agent and I will be working with her on the next step of my publishing career.  But as I've also said, there's more than one way to reach a goal. I plan on continuing to self publish as well as submit to traditional publishing houses in the future.

Okay, here is the down and dirty numbers broken down for those who are interested.

All I Want for Christmas is You - published September 2011.......5719
             (Does not include over 350,000 free downloads)
Fate with a Helping Hand Box Set - published January 2012.......539  
Her Heart for the Asking -  published February 2012..................14,105  
His Heart for the Trusting - published February 2012....................3511
Nothing But Trouble - published September 2011.........................9874
The Knight and Maggie's Baby - published September 2011.......10,275
The Marriage Contract  - published September 2011...................6431
The More I See -  published April 2012..........................................603

Total books sold........................................................................52,362

I still have a few books yet to release.  My next release will be my first single title romantic suspense MATERIAL WITNESS available through Barnes and Noble on June 11 for the Nook First program and on July 11 for Kindle.  Don't worry Kobo, iTunes and Sony readers.  You'll be able to purchase a copy of Material Witness from Barnes and Noble and side load it to your device.  

Check back for more information about upcoming releases.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of MATERIAL WITNESS, coming June 2012.


Crime author Cassie Alvarez had murder on her mind when she walked into Rory's Bar under dressed and under cover to research her latest crime novel.  Researching the cool, blue-eyed and dashingly handsome man at the end of the bar stirred her senses more than she wanted to admit.  But was this man of leather armor all he appeared to be?

Playing White Knight to an innocent wasn't how Detective Jake Santos planned to spend his time under cover.  But there was no way "CJ" was what she claimed to be and that nagging tightness in Jake's chest told him he'd better take her home to safety before she got herself in trouble.  Then the barroom exploded with gunfire.  When the dust clears, an FBI agent is killed along with Providence’s most notorious crime boss. 

Cassie is the only material witness who can identify the shooter.  But when her name is leaked to the media as his only witness to the grisly murders, the FBI wants to protect their case at all cost.  Cassie insists she only trusts Jake to protect her.  He gives his word he'll protect her at all cost despite the fact that guarding the beautiful novelist is a serious distraction.  But can he keep from betraying her trust?



Savannah Chase said...

Wow that is a lot of books sold..Huge congrats...

Judy DeVries said...

Congrats Lisa! They were all books that were great to read. Loved the Texas Hearts Series and I was glad to be able to read Gypsy Hearts as well.

Grace Elliot said...

Respect! That's amazing. When I read the number I wondered if that referred to all books for all authors sold - not just one author!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Congratulations Lisa! You are an inspiration to all of us.

Sophie said...

Big Congrats!

Rebecca Emin said...

Congratulations on your amazing sales. I am sure this post will warm the hearts of self-publishers everywhere. Inspiring!

Diana Layne said...


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I am officially envious. And with a backlist like yours, the editor in me is drooling... if you ever want to switch, keep me in mind!

Cathie Dunn said...

Many congratulations! That's impressive. Good luck with your new release.

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