Friday, June 11, 2010

Uncrackable

The NY Times mass market bestseller list is tough to get on any month, but when I saw this past week's list I knew my name wouldn't be showing up on it at all. Sure, I've had some luck in the past, but let's be realistic. There are just too many big names who have huge print runs and massive marketing campaigns, and usually stay on the list for multiple weeks listed there. Far too popular for my new release to battle; I knew the minute I read it that it was an uncrackable list.

I couldn't get depressed about it; I'm very happy with how the admittedly low key release of Dreamveil went. Okay, the book shipped a couple weeks early, but what else is new? Everyone here seemed enthusiastic about it, so I was pretty sure it would sell well. I got to do some interesting things with the story and I thought the readers would enjoy it. The free e-book I posted also was well-received (it got almost 10K hits and over 1200 downloads in the first week, which is really fabulous.) Early buzz has been favorable, too.

Today I got the Times mass market list for my release week (you all will see it next week) and as I suspected it was pretty much an uncrackable rollover: all big names, some with multiple titles, all getting second, third, fourth and fifth weeks on the list. I compared and counted, and only four new titles actually made it into the top thirty, with three of the four novels are by very popular male authors.

The fourth and last novel to debut on the list, coming in at a very respectable #26? Was by this chick:



You guys cracked the uncrackable and made my novel look terrific. Thank you for this awesome show of support.

33 comments:

  1. Congrats Lynn. Good for you. You certainly deserve it.

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  2. Kristen S.12:43 AM

    Yay for such grand news.

    Omg, just finished it and you floored me. In a good way. Too many late nights reading just one more page.

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  3. Congratulations, Lynn! Woot!!

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  4. Congratulations! Totally cool.

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  5. Anonymous2:43 AM

    Your books is a "had to buy it" kind. Can't wait for the next.
    LD

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  6. Congrats, Lynn. My small town hasn't got it, but I'm off to 'the big smoke' next week and heading for Borders. Dreamveil is top of my list of books to hunt down. Woo hoo!

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  7. Wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  8. I finished your book within twenty four hours of receiving it, even with a newborn to take care of, even with my hubby wanting to take me places, even with chores. I got so sucked into the story I had to gobble it up. And that ending, boy was that insane. I don't think I've been that confused through an entire novel before. Wow, I'll be thinking about this book for weeks! And I know for sure I'll be getting the next book!

    You deserved this Lynn, and so much more. I hope this book continues to sell as it is my favorite of yours so far. And I hope your next one does even better.

    Thank you again for the wonderful ride. If I ever get published I want to hook my readers like you did with me.

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  9. Hooray! And are they starting to count ebooks? Because I ended up downloading rather than driving from store to store to store to get it in physical form. With the jump in ebook sales in book totals (a recent new book's sales were 30% ebook) I would really hope they add those to the numbers.

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  10. It was an awesome book! You know how to craft a book that surprises the reader at every twist and turn. I love a book that makes me think and wonder, what is going to happen next and not have a clue!!

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  11. That was sneaky!

    Yay for making the list. I have my copy of that book sitting right here, waiting for me to dive into it.

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  12. Hoooorrraayy! You deserve this success and so much more.

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  13. You so deserve this! I have chills for you...in addition to the ones you already have.:)

    Lynn...saying I am happy and proud for you does not seem enough. You worked hard for this girl! In many ways and you know it.

    So go and celebrate in whatever way you want...release, relax and enjoy...this moment.

    Be well...just one of your fans, Debra :)

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  14. congrats and I'm not surprised.

    I love and adore this book...

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  15. Woohoo!! That's awesome news! I got my copy in the mail a couple days ago and I can't wait to read it. =o)

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  16. Hurray!!!!!!!!!! Congrats, Lynn!

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  17. Congrats to you Lynn - you deserve it.

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  18. Yay!! Congrats. I loved both the story (and the novella). It's no wonder that it made the list.

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  19. Congrats!!!

    I still waiting for my copy! But as I live in Brazil, it´s a normal thing to wait 4 to 6 weeks after the realese.

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  20. Congrats Lynn! Dreamveil is currently in my TBR pile, but I hope to get to it this weekend.

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  21. Hurrayyy!! Congratulations, you definitely deserve it. :)

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  22. Keita Haruka4:46 PM

    Congrats! :-)

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  23. Congratulations! I'm not surprised at all. Would love to see it at #1 soon!

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  24. Anonymous6:04 PM

    WHOHOHOOOOOOOO!!!!

    Congratulations.

    Very nice to see hard work and excellence rewarded.

    Rebecca

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  25. This is beautiful news! Congratulations!

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  26. psh... we didn't make your novel look terrific it is terrific, which is why everyone is buying it ^_^

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  27. Oh My! Congrats! That's great news!

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  28. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Lynn,
    Life attacked me and I am just now going back through the past few days of the blog. Congratulations! I can happily say I was a part of your success by purchasing not just one copy of your book, but two here in Jacksonville! I have one and I gave one to a great friend of mine who was curious about your books, but is in financial difficulties. I also downloaded all of your scribd e-books about the Darkyn and Cherijo onto a thumb drive for her and gave her both the thumb drive and Shadowlight/Dreamlight books. I love sharing a good read!
    Tami
    Jacksonville

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  29. Wow! I am eleven days late, but no less thrilled. Congrats!

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