Top 50 Indie Authors for April 2012 + 60 Authors to Watch

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Firstly, thanks a lot to the authors who shared their March sales figures. Secondly, thanks to Kindle owners and readers for manifesting/creating this new reality where authors and readers rule. The number of indie authors who sold over 10,000 ebooks in March is just stunning. Way more than I would have expected – not to mention we probably missed quite a few.

Finally, you can read the end of this post for Disclaimers and Methodology. Let’s start with a summarized list of the Top 50. After that we’ve listed details on each author including links to their page at Amazon, links to their blog/website, and a link to one of their best books.

Top Indie Superstar Authors for April 2012 – The Top 50

  1. Barbara Freethy
  2. CJ Lyons (Estimated 114,109 sales)
  3. Andrew E. Kaufman (53,984)
  4. Marie Force (51,000)
  5. Bella Andre (50,131)
  6. J.R. Rain (Estimated 45,539)
  7. Michele Scott
  8. Scott Nicholson (Estimated 41,984)
  9. T.R. Ragan (40,835)
  10. Kathleen Brooks (Estimated 39,060)
  11. Gemma Halliday
  12. Tracey Garvis-Graves (Estimated 34,937)
  13. J.A. Konrath (Estimated 33,509)
  14. Darcie Chan
  15. Rebecca Forster
  16. Reussie Miliardario (Estimated 24,321)
  17. Jamie McGuire (Estimated 24,189)
  18. Dani Amore (Estimated 23,313)
  19. Catherine Bybee
  20. Andrew Peterson (Estimated 22,568)
  21. J. Thorn
  22. Blake Crouch (20,102)
  23. Elena Greene
  24. Suzan Tisdale (Estimated 17,360)
  25. Aaron Patterson (Over 17,000)
  26. Addison Moore
  27. Ryk Brown (Estimated 16,926)
  28. Dannika Dark
  29. Lisa Mondello (15,044)
  30. Mel Comley (Over 15,000)
  31. Shadonna Richards (15,271)
  32. Michael Prescott (Estimated 14,874)
  33. Jon F. Merz (Estimated 14,549)
  34. Alexis Harrington (Estimated 14,517)
  35. Cheryl Bolen (Over 14,000)
  36. John Locke (Estimated 13,963)
  37. Terri Reid (Estimated 13,898)
  38. Sarah Burleton (Estimated 13,800)
  39. Deb Sanders (Estimated 13,638)
  40. Brett Battles (Estimated 13,540)
  41. Russell Blake
  42. Nick Russell (Estimated 12,238)
  43. Joel Goldman
  44. Debra Holland (Approximately 12,000)
  45. Susan Hatler (Estimated 11,327)
  46. Doug Farren (Approximately 10,900)
  47. Kristen Ashley (Approximately 10,600)
  48. Connie Suttle
  49. Joseph Nassise (Estimated 10,155)
  50. Caryn Moya Block (10,001)
  51. H.P. Mallory (Estimate 9,666)
  52. James Somers (Estimated 9,634)
  53. Michael Wallace (Approximately 9,400)
  54. Denise Grover Swank

The two most stunning takeaways for me –

  1. Three authors (Barbara Freethy, CJ Lyons, Andrew Kaufman) sold over 50,000 ebooks in March.
  2. 47 authors with 10,000 or more ebook sales in March 2012. Considering we might have missed 20 to 50 more, that means at least 50 and perhaps as many as 100 authors sold over 10,000 ebooks in March 2012.

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Top Indie Superstar Authors for April 2012 – Details

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1. Barbara Freethy

Note: Barbara Freethy shared private sales figures with us (iReaderReview) for more accurate placement on the list.

Barbara Freethy’s The Sweetest Thing spent four weeks on the USA Today and New York Times best-sellers lists, making it to #3 on the New York Times eBooks best-seller lists.
She sold over 1,000,000 self-published books in 2011 and has 30 titles published.

Featured Book
Golden Lies. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Family Secrets. Rated 4.5 stars on 30 reviews. 399 pages.

For more see Barbara Freethy’s website.

Quick Thought: Barbara Freethy’s figures are just staggering. Add on the fact that lots of her books are at $2.99. Why aren’t more authors with ebook rights doing this?

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2. CJ Lyons

Estimated Sales for March: 114,109

CJ Lyons’s BLOOD STAINED has made it to #89 in the Paid Kindle Store.

Featured Book
LUCIDITY: A Ghost of a Love Story. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Medical, Action & Adventure, Paranormal Romance. Rated 4.5 stars on 13 reviews. 279 pages.

For more see CJ Lyons’s website.

Quick Thought: Multiple Books in the Paid Top 100 for CJ Lyons (checked March 31st).

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3. Andrew E. Kaufman

Sales for March – 53,984

Andrew E. Kaufman’s While the Savage Sleeps was a #1 best-seller this March in Horror. The Lion the Lamb, the Hunted was also a #1 best seller in its category, Thrillers. It was also Amazon’s #7 best-seller on the Top 100 Paid list.

Featured Book
The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller . Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 94 reviews. 263 pages.

For more see Andrew E. Kaufman’s website.

Quick Thought: Congratulations to Mr. Kaufman for knocking the ball right out of the ballpark. 53,984 sales in one month is super impressive.

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4. Marie Force

Sales for March: Over 50,000 (Old estimate: 23,904)

Updated on April 6th: Marie Force let us know she’s sold over 50,000 ebooks in March. Five of her books were in the Top 100 at Barnes & Noble in March.

Marie Force’s Hoping for Love is #33 in Contemporary Fantasy for the Kindle, and #406 in the paid store.

Featured Book
Hoping for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series, Sexy, Friendships. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 309 pages.

For more see Marie Force’s website.

Quick Thought: Marie Force checks off a lot of the right boxes – lots of books, books doing well in both Kindle and Nook Stores, low prices, rising fast. Another author for whom we might have undercounted sales. Another author we’d put money on to grow very rapidly.

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5. Bella Andre (Bella Andre, Lucy Kevin)

Estimated Sales for March: 50,131 (Old estimate: 25,193).

Updated on April 5th: The Author’s let us know she’s sold over 50,000 ebooks in March. She writes as both Bella Andre and Lucy Kevin and under the latter she has two books in the B&N Nook Store Top 50.

Bella Andre’s Can’t Help Falling In Love and The Look of Love are in the top 100 of Amazon’s Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Romance, as well as Kindle’s Contemporary Romance.

Featured Book
Can’t Help Falling In Love: The Sullivans, Book 3 (Contemporary Romance). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Series, Erotic. Rated 5 stars on 66 reviews. 411 kb in size, or about 205 pages.

For more see Bella Andre’s website.

Quick Thought: This is one of the rising stars. Her sales estimates came out to be more than we expected but we think she’s going to grow her sales a lot as more people find out.

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6. J.R. Rain

Estimated Sales for March: 45,539

J.R. Rain has made Amazon’s best-sellers list multiple times.

Featured Book
Vampire Waltz: Two Books with Scott Nicholson. Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Gothic Thrille,r Horror, Funny, Vampire. Rated 4.5 stars on 2 reviews. 409 kb in size, or about 205 pages.

For more see J.R. Rain’s website.

Quick Thought: JR Rain is doing well in Nook Store too. He’s also collaborating with other indie superstar authors and he’s even doing well with his latest book at a $3.99 price.

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7. Michele Scott

Note: Michele Scott shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Happy Hour. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Wine, Divorce, Friendship. Rated 4.5 stars on 22 reviews. 320 pages.

For more see Michele Scott’s website.

Quick Thought: Another author with stunning figures.

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8. Scott Nicholson

Estimated Sales for March: 41,984

Scott Nicholson’s Flowers is at #13 in the Kindle Short Story store.

Featured Book
Creative Spirit. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller. Suspense, Supernatural, Ghsots, Horror, Drama, Action & Adventure. Rated 4.5 stars on 31 reviews. 314 pages.

For more see Scott Nicholson’s website.

Quick Thought: This estimate is more inaccurate than usual because of the high number of books Scott Nicholson has and how often he offers them as free book offers. He might be higher on the list or perhaps a bit lower.

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9. T.R. Ragan

Sales for March – 40,835 (Formerly (37,568) (as of March 28))

March Total Downloads – 58,965 (as of March 28)

Sales for 2011 – Approximately 214,000

Update on April 8th: T.R. Ragan updated us with her final sales statistics for March.

Theresa’s novel Abducted spent 114 days in the Top 100, getting as high as #5. Another novel, Dead Weight spent 30 days in the Top 100. Both are part of her Lizzy Gardner Series.

Not Long For This List? On March 27, Theresa officially signed a deal with Amazon’s imprint, Thomas & Mercer, for three Lizzy Gardner books. We won’t be featuring books published via any Publisher. However, authors with deals should still submit their sales figures for ebooks they sell themselves.

Quick Thought: I’ve been fascinated with the cover of A Knight in Central Park for some odd reason. It’s interesting to an author who was just a newcomer a year ago (at least in terms of awareness amongst readers) rising to such heights.

Featured Book
Abducted (Lizzy Gardner Series #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thrillers, Creepy, Horror. Rated 4 stars on 143 reviews. 357 pages.

For more see Theresa Ragan’s website.

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10. Kathleen Brooks

Estimated Sales for March: 39,060

Several of Kathleen Brooks’s novels have spent time in the Top 10 categories of various categories on Apple.

Featured Book
Bluegrass Undercover (Bluegrass Brothers). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Series, Southern. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 396 kb in size, or about 200 pages.

For more see Kathleen Brook’s blog.

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11. Gemma Halliday

Note: Gemma Halliday shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Gemma Halliday sold her one millionth eBook in March.

Featured Book
Spying in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Mystery, Humor, Romance, Women Sleuths. Rated 3.5 stars on 15 reviews. 63 pages.

For more see Gemma Halliday’s website.

Quick Thought: One million ebooks is really impressive. She joins authors like John Locke and Barbara Freethy and Amanda Hocking in the million sale indie club.

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12. Tracey Garvis-Graves

ESTIMATED SALES – 34,937

Tracey Garvis Graves’s On the Island has been as high as #10 in the Kindle paid store.

Featured Book (Recommended – The Reviews are Out of this World – Might even by my Pick of This List)
On the Island. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Action & Adventure, Women’s Fiction, Vacation. Rated 5 stars on 169 reviews. 334 pages.

For more see Tracey Garvis-Graves’s blog.

Quick Thought: Tracey might be higher on the list. We aren’t really sure how to accurately gauge an author who has one very big hit. Her ebook might have sold 50,000 or more copies – However, we’re being conservative and keeping her sales closer to the lower end of our estimates. That still gives her the #10 spot.

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13. J.A. Konrath

Estimated Sales for March: 33,509

J.A. Konrath’s The List is #39 in both Police Procedurals and Action & Adventure in the Kindle store.

Featured Book
Exposed – A Thriller (Chandler Series) with Jack Kilborn and Ann Voss Peterson. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Technothriller, Collaboration, New York City, Assassin. Rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews. 119 pages.

For more see J.A. Konrath’s website.

Quick Thought: Konrath is really hard to rank because he has so many books and you never know whether network effects kick in. He might be higher though #11 is very healthy as is 33,509 books sold in March 2012. We probably were a bit too conservative here and he’s likely to be at 50,000 or more.

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14. Darcie Chan

Note: Darcie Chan shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Darcie Chan’s The Mill River Recluse has been in the top 30 in the Nook store for all of March. It had also been in the Amazon Top 100 since September. Since its release on May 18, 2011, The Mill River Recluse has sold over than 600,000 copies.

Featured Book (Another Book that is a candidate for Best of this List)
The Mill River Recluse. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical, Contemporary, Women’s. Rated 4 stars on 884 reviews. 282 pages.

For more see Darcie Chan’s website.

Quick Thought: This is one of the authors, alongside Barbara Freethy and others, who’s dominated in both Kindle Store and Nook Store. Indie authors who aren’t trying out all stores available to them are missing out on a real opportunity.

I’ve loved the cover of Mill River Recluse since the first time I’ve seen it. A rare case of an indie author who’s pulled off a cover even the big authors can learn from.

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15. Rebecca Forster

Note: Rebecca Forster shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Before Her Eyes (Thriller, suspense). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Contemporary Fantasy. Rated 4.5 stars on 36 reviews. 196 pages.

Free Book (Candidate for Best Free Book You Might Read in April, or perhaps even first half of 2012)
HOSTILE WITNESS (legal thriller, thriller) (The Witness Series,#1). Current Price: Free. Genre: Thriller, Legal, Romantic Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 246 reviews. 384 pages.

For more see Rebecca Forster’s website.

Quick Thought: Another very intelligent cover. Perhaps it’s just that that hairstyle is my mom’s favorite. Hostile Witness has glowing reviews in both Kindle Store and Nook Store and has done very well in both.

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16. Reussie Miliardario

Estimated Sales for March: 24,321

Reussie Miliardario’s Girl Possessed was recently a best-seller in Teen Horror, Children’s Spine-Chilling Horror, and Teen Fantasy.

Featured Book
Girl Enchanted (Book 2 of The Girl Trilogy). Current Price $3.97. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Magic, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Dark. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. 124 pages.

For more see Reussie Miliardario’s website.

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17. Jamie McGuire

Estimated Sales for March: 24,189

Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster has been up to #128 in the Kindle store, making it as high as #34 in Romance.

Featured Book
Requiem (The Providence Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Vampire. Rated 4.5 stars on 32 reviews. 246 pages.

For more see Jamie McGuire’s website.

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18. Dani Amore
Estimated Sales for March: 23,313

Dani Amore’s The Killing League has made it to #11 in Kindle’s Police Procedurals category and #445 in the paid store.

Featured Book
The Killing League. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Police Procedurals, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense. Rated 4 stars on 32 reviews.

For more see Dani Amore’s website.

Quick Thought: Yet another rising star. Slowly gaining exposure.

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19. Catherine Bybee

Note: Catherine Bybee shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Nearly 300,000 copies of Wife by Wednesday have sold since October 2011. Very strongly recommended.

Featured Book
Highland Shifter. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Historical Fantasy, Time Travel, Romance, Highland. Rated 5 stars on 10 reviews. 298 pages.

For more see Catherine Bybee’s website.

Quick Thought: 300,000 copies of Wife by Wednesday sold since October 2011 works out to over 50,000 per month. Wonder why the drop in March.

Quick Thought #2: Her book Wife by Wednesday gets amazing reviews in both Kindle and Nook Stores. One of the rare indie books with a beautiful cover. This is an author who could be selling 100,000 to 200,000 copies every single month if she adds a few more books of the level of Wife by Wednesday. Also gets a vote for perhaps the most compelling book title of any indie book I’ve seen in 2012.

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20. Andrew Peterson

Estimated Sales for March: 22,568

Andrew Peterson’s Forced to Kill is #2 in the Kindle store’s Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue category, and #205 in the paid store. First to Kill has made it to #164 in the paid store.

Featured Book
First to Kill (Nathan McBride Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Action & Adventure, Conspiracy, Terrorists. Rated 4 stars on 56 reviews. 356 pages.

For more see Andrew Peterson’s website.

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21. J. Thorn
Note: J. Thorn shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

J. Thorn’s The Seventh Seal was #5 in Contemporary Fantasy and #12 in Action & Adventure during March.

Featured Book
The Seventh Seal. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic, Urban. Rated 4 stars on 34 reviews. 222 pages.

For more see J. Thorn’s website.

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22. Blake Crouch

Sales for March – 20,102

Sales for 2011 – 170,000

Featured Book
Run. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic. Rated 4 stars on 293 reviews. 290 pages.

For more see Blake Crouch’s website.

Quick Thought: Would have thought all the free book offers would have led to at least 30,000 to 40,000 sales. This is also an author who gets a lot of exposure. Would be interesting to analyze whether authors using free books for marketing are seeing better sales or worse sales or similar sales. Perhaps the impact of all those free book downloads will only kick in towards middle of 2012.

This is another author with a very bright future.

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23. Elena Greene

Note: Elena Greene shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
The Wedding Wager. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Sweet, Cozy. Rated 4 stars on 4 reviews. 73 pages.

For more see Elena Greene’s website.

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24. Suzan Tisdale

Estimated Sales for March: 17,360

Suzan Tisdale’s Laiden’s Daughter has made it to #197 in the paid Kindle store, getting as high as #7 in both Historical Romance and Historical.

Featured Book
Laiden’s Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Abuse, Scotland, 1349. Rated 4.5 stars on 31 reviews. 301 pages.

For more see Suzan Tisdale’s blog.

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25. Aaron Patterson

Sales for March – Over 17,000

Updated on April 9th: Aaron Patterson shared some more sales information with us: his novels, Sweet Dreams and Airel are in the top 300. Airel made it into the Top 100 in the Kindle Store during March and Sweet Dreams made it to #67.

Updated on April 6th: Aaron Patterson informed us of his sales and success. Of his four books, two are in the top 300. For a year-and-a-half, his first books was #1 in Hard-Boiled Thrillers.

Featured Book
SWEET DREAMS (The Justice of Revenge) (A Mark Appleton Thriller). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Hard-Boiled, Suspense, Series. Rated 3.5 stars on 64 reviews. 423 pages.

For more see Aaron Patterson’s blog.

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26. Addison Moore (Dark Horse for 2012)

Note: Addison Moore shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Addison Moore’s Expel has made it to #38 in the paid Kindle store, and #1 in Children’s Books.

Featured Book
Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Series, Angel, Paranormal. Rated 4 stars on 118 reviews. 191 pages.

For more see Addison Moore’s blog.

Quick Thought: I keep seeing her books and thinking this is the next big paranormal writer – or atleast the next Amanda Hocking. She has 6 books in one series and the series actually gets rated better as it progresses. A book deal or a movie deal seems quite possible. This is one writer I’d pick from the list as the Dark Horse to dominate by end 2012. She doesn’t have the range of books and credentials of some of the authors on this list but she’s absolutely delivering the right quality and is in a super hot market.

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27. Ryk Brown

Estimated Sales for March: 16,926

All of Ryk Brown’s The Frontiers Saga are in the top 600 of the Kindle Paid store. In addition, they are topping the Science Fiction High Tech sub-genre.

Featured Book
Aurora: CV-01 (The Frontiers Saga). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Adventure, Military. Rated 4.5 stars on 40 review. 219 pages.

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28. Dannika Dark

Note: Dannika Dark shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Dannika Dark will be expanding her best-selling Mageri Series this year.

Featured Book
Twist (Mageri Series: Book 2). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasty, Adventure, Dark, Magic, Series. Rated 5 stars on 22 reviews. 281 pages.

For more see Dannika Dark’s blog.

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29. Lisa Mondello.

Sales for March – 15,044 (Through Barnes & Noble and Amazon)

Updated on April 6th: Lisa Mondello submitted her March sales figures to us and most definitely deserves to be featured.

Featured Book
Her Heart for the Asking (Book 1 – Texas Hearts) (Contemporary Romance). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Cowboy, Western, Traditional, Series. Rated 4 stars on 7 reviews. 192 pages.

For more see Lisa Mondello’s blog

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30. Mel Comley

Note: Mel Comley shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Total Sales for March – Over 15,000

U.S. Sales for March – Over 10,000

Featured Book
Passion, Fire and Fury. Current Price: $1.49. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Arson. Rated 3.5 stars on 6 reviews. 40 pages.

For more see Mel Comley’s blog.

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31. Shadonna Richards

Sales for March – 15,271

Shadonna Richards has enjoyed sometime in the Top 100 Paid best-sellers list, reaching as high as #23. She has also made it to #1 in the humor category.

Featured Book
An Unexpected Bride (The Bride Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Women’s Literature, Marriage. Rated 3.5 stars on 50 reviews. 184 pages.

For more see Shadonna Richards’ blog.

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32. Michael Prescott

Estimated Sales for March: 14,874

Michael Prescott’s Mortal Pursuit has been to #100 on Kindle’s Police Procedurals list.

Featured Book (Michael Prescott’s books are recommended if you like thrillers)
Shiver. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Serial Killer, Survival. Rated 4 stars on 23 reviews. 332 pages.

For more see Michael Prescott’s website.

Quick Thought: Given how highly rated his books are and how much visibility he has (in terms of how often we run into his books) it’s surprising he isn’t higher. One of the authors who is slowly building up towards a very strong position.

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33. Jon F. Merz

Estimated Sales for March: 14,549

Jon F. Merz’s The Fixer: A Lawson Vampire Novel 1 has made it to #96 in Occult Horror.

Featured Book
The Courier: A Lawson Vampire Mission (The Lawson Vampire Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Series, Paranormal. Rated 4 stars on 6 reviews. 91 pages.

For more see Jon F. Merz’s website.

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34. Alexis Harrington

Estimated Sales for March: 14,517

Alexis Harrington recently signed a two-book deal with Amazon’s imprint, Montlake.

Featured Book
Harper’s Bride. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Western, 1890s, Desperation. Rated 4 stars on 34 reviews. 352 pages.

For more see Alexis Harrington’s website.

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35. Cheryl Bolen

Sales for March: Over 14,000

Updated April 12: Cheryl Bolen shared her statistics with us and is definitely deserving of a place on this list. She often has as many as 8 books in the Top 100 Regency Romance section. So far her best month had 37,000 sales.

Featured Book
His Lordship’s Vow (Regency Romance Short Novel). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Short, Wealth. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. 99 pages.

For more see Cheryl Bolen’s website.

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36. John Locke

Estimated Sales for March: 13,963

John Locke’s Maybe is in the Top 30s of the Amazon Action & Adventure sections.

Featured Book
Maybe (a Donovan Creed Novel). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Action & Adventure, Thriller, Crime, Series. Rated 4 stars on 59 reviews. 219 pages.

For more see John Locke’s blog.

Quick Thoughts: We are obviously either very wrong on this one or very surprised or both. The sales rankings for John Locke’s books have really gone down in 2012. Let’s see – Amanda Hocking signs a deal with someone else and disappears from the charts, then John Locke signs a deal with someone else and then disappears from the charts. Perhaps Amazon’s ranking and publication algorithm has gained sentience and is targeting indie authors who do too well and/or sign with a non-Amazon imprint.

Anyways, sad to see this happen. One of my favorite indie authors and let’s hope Donovan Steele and John Locke are back to their usual a few hundred thousand book sales a month assassination rate soon.

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37. Terri Reid

Estimated Sales for March: 13,963

Terri Reid’s Loose Ends has maintained a high ranking in various Horror sections on Amazon for sometime.

Featured Book
Natural Reaction – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery (Book 6). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Romantic Fantasy, Ghosts, Horror. Rated 4.5 stars on 25 reviews. 203 pages.

For more see Terri Reid’s website.

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38. Sarah Burleton

Estimated Sales for March: 13.800

Sarah Burleton’s Why Me? is #1 in Kindle’s Dysfunctional Relationships sub-category.

Featured Book
Why Me?. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Parenting, Family Relationships, Child Abuse, Dysfunctional Relationships. Rated 4.5 stars on 127 reviews.

For more see Sarah Burleton’s website.

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39. Deb Sanders

Estimated Sales for March: 13,638

Deb Sanders’s Stone Cold Justice recently reached #16 in the Kindle Romantic Suspense category.

Featured Book
The Gatekeeper (The Clans of Tagus). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Erotica. Rated 5 stars on 3 reviews. 302 kb in size, or about 150 pages.

For more see Deb Sanders’s blog.

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40. Brett Battles

Estimated Sales for March: 13,540

Brett Battles’s Becoming Quinn has made it to the top of the Kindle store’s Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue category.

Featured Book
Becoming Quinn (A Jonathan Quinn Novel). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue, Adventure, Origin Story. Rated 5 stars on 35 reviews. 190 pages.

For more see Brett Battles’s website.

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41. Russell Blake

Note: Russell Blake shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Russell Blake had three books hit #1 in the Action & Adventure category this March. In addition, An Angel With Fur was at #2 in Pet books. The Voynich Cypher, was in the Top 40 for overall sales, having only been released on March 17.

Featured Book
The Voynich Cypher. Current Price: $3.33. Genre: Action & Adventure, Thriller, Mystery, Conspiracy. Rated 4.5 stars on 26 reviews. 808 kb in size, or about 405 pages.

For more see Russell Blake’s website.

Quick Thought: Definitely an author to watch.

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42. Nick Russell

Estimated Sales for March: 12,238

Nick Russell’s Big Lake has maintained a high ranking in the paid Kindle store for several months.

Featured Book
Big Lake Lynching. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural. Rated 5 stars on 31 reviews. 271 pages.

For more see Nick Russell’s Facebook.

Quick Thought: Big Lake has been in the Top 100 seemingly forever. We might be wrong on these estimates and Mr. Russell might actually be in the Top 25.

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43. Joel Goldman

Note: Joel Goldman shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
The Last Witness (Lou Mason Thrillers). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Thriller, Legal, Mystery, Hard-Boiled. Rated 4.5 stars on 24 reviews. 320 pages.

For more see Joel Goldman’s website.

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44. Debra Holland

Sales for March – Approximately 12,000

FebruaryWild Montana Sky was in overall Amazon top 100 Kindle list at #73. Debra was also #1, 2, & 3 on the Western Romance list.

The Montana Sky series has sold approximately 73,000 copies.

Featured Book
Wild Montana Sky (The Montana Sky Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Western, Series, Inspirational, Traditional. Rated 4.5 stars on 49 reviews. 273 pages.

For more see Debra Holland’s website.

Quick Thought: Another great indie author. Got to have a special place for anyone who writes Western Romance.

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45. Susan Hatler

Estimated Sales for March: 11,327

Susan Hatler’s The Boyfriend Bylaws has been an Amazon best-seller.

Featured Book
Shaken (Mind Reader). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Supernatural Romance, Clean, Magic, Young Adult. Rated 5 stats on 18 reviews. 192 pages.

For more see Susan Hatler’s website.

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46. Doug Farren

Sales for March – Approximately 10,900

Doug Farren has been in the Top 10 of the Technothriller, High Tech, and War categories for all of March.

Featured Books
Off Course. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Travel, Survival, Technothriller. Unrated. 200 pages.

Galactic Alliance (Book 1) – Translight! Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Technothriller, Space Travel, Series. Rated 4 stars on 21 reviews. 380 pages.

For more see Doug Farren’s Smashwords.

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47. Kristen Ashley

Sales for March – Approximately 10,600

Featured Book
Games of the Heart (The ‘Burg Series). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series, Relationships, Bonding. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 1061 kb in size, or about 530 pages.

For more see Kristen Ashley’s website.

Quick Thought: It’s stunning that there are so many indie authors who each sold over 10,000 ebooks in March 2012. A very, very different world from early 2007 when ebooks were a fantasy.

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48. Connie Suttle

Note: Connie Suttle shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Connie has been publishing for under a year and released her ninth title, Shadowed, on March 28. She has several more novels scheduled to be released in the next year.

Featured Book
Blood Wager (Blood Destiny #1). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Urban Fantasy, Werewolf, Horror. Rated 4.5 stars on 95 reviews. 235 pages.

For more see Connie Suttle’s website.

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49. Joseph Nassise

Estimated Sales for March: 10,155

Updated April 8th: Joseph Nassise asked us to also include his novel, The Heretic as a featured book. It is part of a best-selling series.

Featured Books
The Heretic (Templar Chronicles urban fantasy series). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural. Rated 4 stars on 47 reviews. 306 pages.

The Cerberus Protocol (Hellstalkers) with Jon F. Merz. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Action & Adventure. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. 120 pages.

For more see Jospeh Nassise’s website.

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50. Caryn Moya Block

Sales for March – 10,001 (As of March 30)

Caryn Moya Block’s Alpha’s Mate made it no #2 in Amazon’s Top 100 Romance eBooks during March.

Featured Book
A Siberian Werewolf In London (Siberian Volkov Pack). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Werewolf, Assassin. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. 139 pages.

For more see Caryn Moya Block’s website.

Quick Thought: If we got our approximations mostly right then we have 47 indie authors selling over 10,000 ebooks in March 2012.

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51. H.P. Mallory

Estimated Sales for March: 9,666

H.P. Mallory’s Toil and Trouble is in the Top 100 of Amazon’s Time Travel and Vampire Romance sub-categories.

Featured Book
Toil and Trouble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book # 2). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Paranormal Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Witches. Rated 4.5 stars on 158 reviews. 250 pages.

For more see H.P. Mallory’s website.

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52. James Somers

Estimated Sales for March: 9,634

Featured Book
The Serpent Kings (The Serpent Kings Saga #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Christian Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Young Adult. Rated 4.5 stars on 20 reviews. 203 pages.

For more see James Somers’s blog.

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53. Michael Wallace

Sales for March – Approximately 9,400

Michael Wallace’s The Devil’s Deep and Trial by Fury were both in the Top 100 during March.

Like many indie series, Michael’s The Righteous Series was snatched up by Thomas & Mercer.

Featured Book
The Red Rooster. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Historical, Suspense, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Gestapo. Rated 4.5 stars on 21 reviews. 282 pages.

For more see Michael Wallace’s blog.

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54. Denise Grover Swank

US Sales for March: 9,159

Updated April 12: Denise Grover Swank sent us her sales and earned herself a spot on this list,

Featured Book
Chosen (The Chosen #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Fiction, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 83 reviews. 364 pages.

For more see Denise Grover Swank’s website.

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Authors to Watch

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1. LJ Sellers

Estimated Sales for March: 9,146

LJ Sellers’s Secrets to Die For and The Sex Club are in Kindle’s Police Procedurals Top 30s. Thrilled to Death is #1 in Postpartum Depression books, #6 in Women’s Health, and #18 in Teen Literature & Fiction.

Featured Book
Secrets to Die For (Detective Jackson Mystery/Thriller #1). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Mystery, Police Procedurals, Thriller, Crime, Drama. Rated 4.5 stars on 37 reviews. 290 pages.

For more see LJ Sellers’s website.

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2. Lacey Weatherford

Estimated Sales for March: 8,463

Lacey Weatherford has several books high up in the Children’s Social Situations, People & Places and Family Saga rankings.

Featured Book
Chasing Nikki. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Young Adult, Dying, Grief, Alcoholism, Football. Rated 5 stars on 37 reviews. 336 pages.

For more see Lacey Weatherford’s website.

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3. Ruth Cardello

Estimated Sales for March: 8,137

Ruth Cardello’s For Love or Legacy (Book 2) has made it to #361 in the paid store, and #29 in Kindle Contemporary Romance.

Featured Book
For Love or Legacy (Book 2) (Legacy Collection). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Billionare, Adult, Inheritance. Rated 5 stars on 56 reviews. 155 pages.

For more see Ruth Cardello’s website.

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4. Amber Lynn Natusch

Note: Amber Lynn Natusch shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Amber Lynn Natusch began publishing this past December and has two books available in her Caged Series. Both novels have spent March in the Top 20 of the Contempoary Fantasy best-sellers list on Amazon.

Featured Book
CAGED (The Caged Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Paranormal. Rated 4.5 sats on 83 reviews. 311 pages.

For more see Amber Lynn Natusch’s website.

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5. J Carson Black

Estimated Sales for March: 7,095

J Carson Black’s Darkscope has made it to #81 in Ghost Horror.

Featured Book
Dark Horse. Current Price: $3.47. Genre: Mystery, Horse Racing, Arizona, Murder Mystery, Amateur Sleuth. Rated 4.5 stars on 11 reviews. 349 pages.

For more see J. Carson Black’s website.

Quick Thought: We might be very wrong on J Carson Black’s numbers. Perhaps an author in the Top 30.

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6. Elizabeth Loraine

Estimated Sales for March: 7,095

Featured Book
Quinn, a Vampire Watcher’s Story (Royal Blood Chronicles). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Paranormal, Vampires. Rated 3.5 stars on 17 reviews. 187 pages.

For more see Elizabeth Loraine’s Smashwords.

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7. Douglas Dorow

Estimated Sales for March: 6,510

Douglas Dorow’s The Ninth District has made it to #8 in Police Procedurals in the Amazon Store.

Featured Book
The Ninth District – A Thriller. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Crime, Action. Rated 4 stars on 40 reviews. 288 pages.

For more see Douglas Dorow’s website.

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8. Karen Cantwell

Estimated Sales for March: 6,282

Karen Cantwell’s short story anthology, The Chronicles of Marr-nia has made it to the Kindle’s Top 60s Short Stories and Anthologies categories.

Featured Book
Take the Monkeys and Run: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Action & Adventure, Humor, Romantic Suspense, Women Sleuths, Mystery. Rated 4 stars on 135 reviews. 238 pages.

For more see Karen Cantwell’s website.

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9. Mainak Dhar

Sales for March – Approximately 6200

Featured Book
Through The Killing Glass: Alice in Deadland Book II. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Adventure, Series, Literary. Rated 5 stars on 3 reviews. 182 pages.

For more see Mainak Dhar’s website.

Quick Thought: We might be very wrong here too. Mainak Dhar has done decently with Vimana and his Alice in Deadland spent a long, long time in the Top 100.

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10. Gerri Russell

Estimated Sales for March: 5,956

Featured Book
Border Lord’s Bride (The Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars). Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish, Novella, Holidays. Rated 4.5 stars on 4 reviews. 82 pages.

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11. T.B. Christensen

Estimated Sales for March: 5,646

T.B. Christensen’s Wielder’s Rising and Wielder’s Awakening have maintained high rankings in the Epic Fantasy Kindle store section.

Featured Book
Wielder’s Awakening (Wielder Trilogy: Book One). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Series, Kingdom. Rated 4 stars on 30 reviews. 394 pages.

For more see T.B. Christensen’s blog.

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12. Carol Davis Luce

Sales for March – Approximately 5700

Sales from September 2011 to January 2011 – Over 112,000

All of Carol Davis Luce’s novels have been in the Top 30 of their respective categories. Night Game made it to #29 on the Top 100 Paid list during December.

Featured Book
NIGHT GAME. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Women Sleuths, Surveillance. Rated 4.5 stars on 22 reviews. 445 pages.

For more see Carol Davis Luce’s website.

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13. Imogen Rose

Estimated Sales for March: 5,468

Featured Book
INITIATION (Bonfire Academy Book One) (Bonfire Chronicles). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Love & Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror. Rated 5 stars on 28 reviews. 418 pages.

For more see Imogen Rose’s website.

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14. Michael McCloskey

Estimated Sales for March: 5,337

Featured Book
The Trilisk Ruins. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Adventure, Aliens, Smugglers. Rated 4 stars on 31 reviews. 309 pages.

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15. Jennifer Coburn

Estimated Sales for March: 5,272

Featured Book
The Wife of Reilly. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Humor, Great Dialogue. Rated 4 stars on 85 reviews. 434 kb in size, or about 215 pages.

For more see Jennifer Coburn’s website.

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16. Michele Sinclair

Estimated Sales for March: 5,077

Featured Book
To Wed A Highlander. Current Price: $3.03. Genre: Historical Romance, Highlander, Erotic, Protection. Rated 5 stars on 28 reviews. 398 pages.

For more see Michele Sinclair’s website.

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17. Diane Capri

Sales for March: Over 5,000

Updated April 13: Diane Capri informed us that she sold over 5,000 books in March, garnering her this spot.

Featured Book
Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt For Reacher Series). Current Price: $5.99. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths. Rated 4 stars on 68 reviews. 253 pages.

For more see Diane Capri’s website.

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18. Joseph Lallo

Sales for March – 4,923

All of Joseph Lallo’s Book of Deacon Trilogy books have been in the top 10 of their categories. The Book of Deacon is currently free.

Featured Book
The Book of Deacon. Current Price: Free. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Other World. Rated 4.5 stars on 155 reviews. 356 pages.

For more see Joseph Lallo’s website.

Quick Thought: We might be wrong here as Joseph Lallo is absolutely tearing it up in the Nook Store. Great reviews for his books.

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19. Joseph Anderson

Estimated Sales for March: 4,882

Joseph Anderson’s Interstellar Soldiers is at #48 in Kindle Science Fiction.

Featured Book
Interstellar Soldiers. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera, Military. Rated 3.5 stars on 7 reviews. 40 pages.

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20. Melissa Foster

Estimated Sales for March: 4,719

Sales for 2011 – Over 150,000

Melissa Foster’s Chasing Amanda has spent over 60 days in the Top 100 Indie best-sellers list on Amazon.

Featured Book
Chasing Amanda. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal, Family. Rated 3.5 stars on 218 reviews. 379 pages.

For more see Melissa Foster’s website.

Quick Thought: Might be wrong here. Waiting for an update.

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21. Rose Pressey

Note: Rose Pressey shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Sales since April 2011 – 60,000

Featured Book
How to Date a Werewolf (Rylie Cruz Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Werewolf. Rated 4 stars on 64 reviews. 229 pages.

For more see Rose Pressey’s website.

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22. Linda Welch

Estimated Sales for March: 3,873

Linda Welch’s Along Came a Demon has made it to #97 in Ghost Horror.

Featured Book
Femme Fatales. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Dark, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Short Stories. Rated 4.5 stars on 2 reviews. 74 pages.

For more see Linda Welch’s website.

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23. H.T. Night

Estimated Sales for March: 3,547

Featured Book
One Love (Vampire Love Story Book #5). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romance, Vampires, Contemporary Fantasy, Supernatural. Rated 5 stars on 17 reviews. 181 pages.

For more see H.T. Night’s website

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* 24. Joan Hall Hovey

Note: Joan Hall Hovey shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
The Abduction of Mary Rose. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Abduction, Stalker. Rated 4.5 stars on 30 reviews. 242 pages.

For more see Joan Hall Hovey’s website.

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25. Stacey Cochran

Estimated Sales for March: 3,124

Featured Books
The Loneliest. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Paranormal Romance, Dark. Rated 4 stars on 24 reviews. 175 pages.

In Love with Eleanor Rigby. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Short Story, Romantic Comedy, Urban South, Honesty. Rated 4 stars on 28 reviews. 36 pages.

For more see Stacey Cochran’s website.

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26. John Rector

Estimated Sales for March: 3,027

John Rector’s The Grove has been a best-seller. Already Gone made it to #53 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries.

Featured Book
Already Gone. Current Price; $4.99. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Thriller, Suspense. Rated 3.5 stars on 87 reviews. 317 pages.

For more see John Rector’s blog.

Quick Thought: I’d like to see a few indie authors who actually benefitted after signing Publisher Deals. Don’t mean it in a bad way – just that it’s a pretty big assumption to make that readers will love you at $7.99 (or even $4.99) just because they love you at $0.99.

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27. Robert W. Walker

Sales for March – 3,000

Updated on April 6th: Robert W. Walker commented with his sales, definitely deserving of a spot on this list.

Featured Book
Titanic 2012 (Curse of RMS Titanic – an Inspector Alastair Ransom title). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Sea Adbventure, Alternate History, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction. Rated 4 stars on 43 reviews. 535 pages.

For more see Robert W. Walker’s website.

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28. Trish Lamoree

Estimated Sales for March: 3,000

Featured Book
Chasing Illusions. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Fantasy, Spirituality, Philosophy, Fables. Rated 4.5 stars on 3 reviews. 256 pages.

For more see Trish Lamoree’s website.

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29. Alexa Grace

Estimated Sales for March: 2,929

Alex Grace’s Deadly Offerings is #30 in Kindle’s Romantic Suspense.

Featured Book
Deadly Offerings. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Legal, Mystery, Police. Rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews. 301 pages.

For more see Alexa Grace’s website.

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30. Paul Jones

Estimated Sales for March: 2,896

Featured Book
Towards Yesterday. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Future. Rated 4.5 stars on 47 reviews.

For more see Paul Jones’s website.

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31. David Kazzie

Estimated Sales for March: 2,814 (Formerly 1,139)

Updated March 8th: David Kazzie sent us precise sales numbers for March, which has brought him up the list.

David Kazzie’s first novel, The Jackpot has been climbing its way up the Legal Thriller Kindle store list. He has sold nearly 10,000 copies since January 27th.

Featured Book
The Jackpot. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Legal, Suspense, Lottery. Rated 4.5 stars on 61 reviews. 268 pages.

For more see David Kazzie’s blog.

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32. Bryan James

Estimated Sales for March: 2,766

Bryan James’s LZR-1143 Series has doen incredibly well in the Science Fiction Adventure section.

Featured Book
LZR-1143: Infection (Book One of the LZR-1143 Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Horror, Series, Zombies. Rated 4.5 stars on 79 reviews. 228 pages.

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33. Nick Cole

Estimated Sales for March: 2,604

Nick Cole’s The Old Man and the Wasteland has been consistently high ranking in the Kindle stores’ Adventure Science Fiction category.

Featured Book (My Pick for Best Book of 2011)
The Old Man and the Wasteland. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Literary Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic. Rated 4.5 stars on 662 reviews. 150 pages.

For more see Nick Cole’s website.

Quick Thought. This is an absolutely amazing book. At $1 it’s just too good to turn down. Perhaps in my Top 3 post apocalyptic novels and higher than The Passage and pretty much everything other than Swan Song.

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34. Debbi Mack

Estimated Sales for March: 2,505

Featured Book
Riptide (A Sam McRae Mystery). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Legal, Hard-Boiled, Women Sleuth, Thriller. Rated 4.5 stars on 7 reviews. 177 pages.

For more see Debbi Mack’s website.

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35. Stan Morris

Estimated Sales for March: 2,343

Featured Book
Sam’s Winnings (Tales of the Ragoon). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult. Rated 3 stars on 1 review. 128 pages.

For more see Stan Morris’s website.

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36. Jason Letts

Sales for March: Roughly 2,300

Update April 8th: Jason Letts recently sent us his information, securing his spot on the list.

Jason Letts’s Overflow was up to #184 in the Kindle Store in March. His total sales to date reach nearly 50,000.

Featured Book
Impossible, a Paranormal Romance (The Inevitable Trilogy #2). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series, Young Adult, Time Travel. Rated 4 stars on 9 reviews. 159 pages.

For more see Jason Letts’s website.

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37. Chris Culver

Estimated Sales for March: 2,115

Chris Culver’s The Abbey has made it to #25 in Kindle’s Hard-Boiled Mysteries and #41 in Police Procedural books on Amazon.

Featured Book
The Abbey (Ash Rashid). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Police Procedurals, Suspense, Crime. Rated 4.5 stars on 566 reviews. 237 pages.

For more see Chris Culver’s website.

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38. Geraldine Solon

Note: Geraldine Solon shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Sales for 2012 – Approximately 8000

Geraldine Solon’s book, Love Letters is being made into a film.

Featured Book
Love Letters. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Inspirational, Childhood Sweetheart. Rated 4 stars on 30 reviews. 358 pages.

For more see Geraldine Solon’s website.

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39. Kathleen Long

Note: Katheen Long shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Kathleen Long’s Chasing Rainbows has been to #95 in Kindle Humor.

Featured Book
Chasing Rainbows. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Humor, Contemporary Fiction, Women, Friendship, Emotional, Family, Divorce. Rated 4 stars on 136 reviews. 265 pages.

For more see Kathleen Long’s website.

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40. T. D. Kaschalk

Estimated Sales for March: 1,985

Featured Book
Divine Misconception. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Ancient Artifact, Secrets, History. Rated 3.5 stars on 12 reviews. 306 pages.

For more see T.D. Kaschalk’s Facebook.

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41. Henry Perez

Estimated Sales for March: 1,854

Featured Book
Mourn The Living (Alexa Chapa). Current Price: $4.30. Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Series, Psychopath, Thriller. Rated 4 stars on 25 reviews. 417 pages.

For more see Henry Perez’s website.

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42. Anthony DeCosmo

Estimated Sales for March: 1,790

Featured Book
Beyond Armageddon. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Horror, Alien Invasion. Rated 4.5 stars on 57 reviews. 432 pages.

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43. Eric Christopherson

Estimated Sales for March: 1,790

Featured Book
The Prophet Motive. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Murder Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Action & adventure, Thriller, Psychic. Rated 4.5 stars on 25 reviews. 236 pages.

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44. E. Van Lowe

Note: E. Van Lowe shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Boyfriend From Hell (Falling Angels Saga). Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Angels, Supernatural. Rated 4 stars on 21 reviews. 261 pages.

For more see E. Van Lowe’s website.

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45.Tom Schreck

Estimated Sales for March: 1,627

Featured Book
Duffy to the Rescue (The Duffy Dombrowski Mysteries) with J.A. Konrath and Ginny Tata-Philips. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Mystery, Anthology, Humor, Suspense. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 157 pages.

For more see Tom Schreck’s blog.

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46. Kim Antieau

Estimated Sales for March: 1,500

Featured Book
Church of the Old Mermaids. Current Price: $8.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adventure, Mermaids, Mystical. Rated 5 stars on 10 reviews. 298 pages.

For more see Kim Antieau’s website.

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47. Minx Malone

Updated April 9th: Minx Malone sent us her indie sales figures for the month, garnering her this spot as an Author to Watch.

Indie Sales for March: 1,481

Featured Book
Teasing Trent – An Erotic Romance. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Erotica, Romance, Short, Friends Become Lovers. Rated 3.5 stars on 10 reviews. 69 pages.

For more see Minx Malone’s website

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48. Wenona Hulsey

Estimated Sales for March: 1,464

Featured Book
Blood Awakening (The Blood Burden Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapshifter, Urban Fantasy, Short Story, Adventure. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 33 pages.

For more see Wenona Hulsey’s website.

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49. Denise Daisy

Estimated Sales for March: 1,464

Denise Daisy’s Haytham,The Secret in The Rubble has made it to #33 in Contemporary Fantasy in the Kindle store, only three months after its release.

Featured Book
Haytham,The Secret in The Rubble (The Moonshine Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Romance, Forbidden Love, Redemption. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. 247 pages.

For more see Denise Daisy’s blog.

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50. John Pearson

Sales for March – Over 1400

Featured Book
Learn Me Good. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Humor, Education, Teaching, Interactions. Rated 5 stars on 172 reviews. 209 pages.

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51. Robin Sloan

Estimated Sales for March: 1,171

Featured Book
Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Cryptography, Mystery, Writing, Puzzles. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 36 pages.

For more see Robin Sloan’s website.

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52. Christopher Meeks

Estimated Sales for March: 825

Featured Book
The Sun Is A Billiard Ball. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Short Story, Humor, Interweaving Stories, Literary Fiction. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 31 pages.

For more see Christoper Meeks’s website.

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53. Martin Parece

Estimated Sales for March: 780

Featured Book
Blood and Steel (The Cor Chronicles). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Series, Drama. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 414 pages.

For more see Martin Parece’s Facebook.

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54. Robert Burton Robinson

Estimated Sales for March: 750

Featured Book
Sweet Ginger Poison (Ginger Lightley Short Novel Mystery Series: Vol. 1). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Crime, Murder Mystery, Suspense, Small Town. Rated 3.5 stars on 20 reviews. 173 pages.

For more see Robet Burton Robinson’s website.

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55. Brendan P. Myers

Estimated Sales for March: 750

Featured Book
Hope Town. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Thriller, Holocaust, Mystery. Rated 3.5 stars on 2 reviews. 145 paes.

For more see Brendan P. Myers’s blog.

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56. Lonnie Cruse

Estimated Sales for March: 750

Featured Book
Murder In Metropolis (Metropolis Mystery Series). Current Price: $1.00. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Adventure. Rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews. 264 pages.

For more see Lonnie Cruse’s website.

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57. Robert Williams

Estimated Sales for March: 675

Featured Book
Peculiar, MO. Current Price: $1.29. Genre: Science Fiction, Military, Conspiracy, Horror. Rated 4 stasr on 29 reviews. 335 pages.

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58. Rachel Thompson

Note: Rachel Thompson shared private sales figures with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Rachel Thompson’s Mancode: Exposed was in the Top 100 Paid overall in January and February.

Featured Book
A Walk in the Snark. Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Humor, Relationships, Parenting, Advice. Rated 4.5 stars on 79 reviews. 150 pages.

For more see Rachel Thompson’s website.

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59. Holly Christine

Estimated Sales for March: 390

Featured Book
The Nine Lives of Clemenza. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Inspirational, Spiritual, Emotional, Feel Good. Rated 4.5 stars on 15 reviews. 178 pages.

For more see Holly Christine’s website.

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60. Karen McQuestion

Sales for March – Over 400

Featured Book
Lies I Told My Children. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Parenting, Humor, Real Life, Essays. Rated 3.5 stars on 57 reviews. 83 pages.

For more see Karen McQuestion’s website.

Quick Thought: I lament the demise of her beautiful covers and the replacement of them by the new godawful ones. A Scattered Life’s cover was like the Wimbledon Strawberries and Cream of the Indie Cover World. Why change a winning formula.

Anyways, this is an author that should be selling 100,000 books a month and she should find a way to free herself of whatever evil spirits possessed her and changed all those beautiful covers.

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61. Carol Hanrahan

Estimated Sales for March: 225

Featured Book
Baling. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Young Adult, Brothers, Adventure, Mystery. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. 162 pages.

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62. Marshall Thornton

Sales for March – Approximately 200

Sales for 2011 – 12,000

Sales for 2010 – Over 6,000

Featured Book
The Development: Three Jan Birch Mysteries. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuth, 1960s, Self Discovery, Romance. Unrated. 217 pages.

For more see Marshall Thornton’s blog.

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63. Kristen J. Tsetsi

Estimated Sales for March: Unknown.

Featured Book
Carol’s Aquarium. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Humor, Parenting, Teenagers, Love & Romance. Rated 4 stars on 2 reviews. 109 pages.

For more see Kristen J. Tsetsi’s website.

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64. Heather Killough-Walden

Estimated Sales for March: Unknown.

In the Kindle store, Heather Killough-Walden’s The Vampire King has been to #3 in Contemporary Fantasy, #2 in Vampire Romance, and #138 in overall paid.

Featured Book
The Big Bad Wolf Romance Compilation (Bundle: Books 1-4). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Series, Suspense, Paranormal. Rated 4 stars on 55 reviews. 877 pages.

For more see Heather Killough-Walden’s website.

Quick Thought: With her Penguin deal she might not be on this list for long. Perhaps we’ll just consider her self-published books.

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Disclaimers

Any list will be contentious, and this list should be particularly so. Apart from the 50+ authors who shared actual figures the other rankings are based on guesswork.

Please Note (Disclaimers):

  1. The lists are approximate. Lots of authors did share their sales figures (and some even shared them publicly so you can see just how far the reader+author revolution in Publishing has come).We really appreciate their generosity since those numbers helped us form the backbone of the list. For authors who didn’t share figures with us we had to guesstimate and, this being the first time, the guesses might as well be shots in the dark (that hopefully don’t poke some dangerous monster in the behind).
  2. There are huge fluctuations from month to month. You might notice that a lot of the ‘Top Indie Authors of 2011’ and some of your favorite authors have lower rankings in the April list. It’s because they either didn’t sell as well or our guesstimates for them were wrong. They can correct the latter by sending us their sales figures. Additionally, it’s an evolving system and the top authors change from year to year. The most useful strategy to stay on top seems to be – keep writing books, have lots of books, keep prices as low as possible, don’t sell ebook rights.
  3. We used a very rough (and probably completely wrong) scale to calculate sales (X Sales Ranking = Y Sales per Day). It’s listed at the end of the post.
  4. We used an approximation – Total eBook sales = 1.4 times Kindle sales. That may or may not be correct. Also authors might have sent us only Kindle books sales so some of them perhaps ought to be higher.
  5. We’ll update list ranking for authors who send in figures. Please Note: If your sales figures vary wildly from our estimates then we might require a sales statement to verify figures.
  6. Free Book downloads were not considered.
  7. Worldwide sales were considered.

This is the first version of the Monthly Top Indie Authors List – just let us know your figures (preferable) or your sales rankings and we’ll add you to the tracked authors list. As more authors start to participate, we should see a more accurate list.

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Sales Rankings to Sales Figures – The Scale Used

This is a rough scale used. Meaghan generated this by working backwards from sales figures we knew for 2011 and 2012. Then I tweaked it to try and make it more accurate. All of which probably means it’s twice as inaccurate.

  1. Sales Rank 1: 3,000 to 5,000 sales per day. Please Note: On Launch Days this can be a LOT more.
  2. Sales Rank 5: 2,000 to 3,000 sales per day.
  3. Sales Rank 10: 1,500 to 2,500 sales per day.
  4. Sales Rank 25: 1,000 to 2,000 sales per day.
  5. Sales Rank 50: 800 to 1,000 sales per day.
  6. Sales Rank 100: 700 to 800 sales per day.
  7. Sales Rank 150: 400 to 500 sales per day.
  8. Sales Rank 200: 300 to 400 sales per day.
  9. Sales Rank 500: 100 to 150 sales per day.
  10. Sales Rank 1,000 – 50 to 100 sales per day.
  11. Sales Rank 5,000 – 25 to 50 sales per day.

If you have better figures or better estimates – please let us know.

A final tweak is that Amazon uses a weighted rolling average. So a sales rank of #10 might mean you sold 5,000 today and nothing before that or it might mean you sold 1,500 every day for the last 20 days.

Finally, thanks a ton to the authors who were generous enough to share their sales figures. This is really going to help readers find more great books to read. Perhaps just as importantly – It’ll let authors and readers see just how much power they hold. The gatekeepers are slowly becoming impotent. It’s just readers and authors now – instead of a wall between readers and authors we have a straight channel and direct communication.

53 thoughts on “Top 50 Indie Authors for April 2012 + 60 Authors to Watch”

  1. I’ve read many of the authors listed here, lots of great books at great prices.

    This kind of post is also terrific advertising for the authors, I’ve picked up 5 more books that I didn’t have before and moved several others up my TBR list.

    One note about indie authors who get picked up by publishers… I think a big part of the reason they “disappear” from the lists is that their new books are priced much higher. H. P. Mallory is a good example. The first two books in her Jolie series are $3.99, and I think they were less at times, but her 3rd book in the series by Random House is $7.99. My daughter liked her books, but won’t pay that kind of price for the 3rd one.

    Because of indie authors, I have more books than I can read in my lifetime. What a wonderful problem to have!

  2. Glad to be on the list & wanted to let you know I sold more than 50,000 self-published books in March (rather than the 24k you estimated). Writing as Bella Andre, my latest book is I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (http://www.amazon.com/Only-Have-Eyes-You-ebook/dp/B007BW34BM), which debuted at #1 on the Apple Romance charts in UK, US, Canada and Australia.

    I currently have 4 Bella Andre “Sullivan Series” books in the top 1000 on Amazon, 2 in the top 1000 at BN, 5-10 Bella Andre titles on each of the Top 100 Romance Bestseller lists at Apple in the US, UK and Australia.

    Writing as Lucy Kevin, my two latest books – THE WEDDING DANCE and THE WEDDING GIFT – are currently #16 and #30 at Barnes & Noble.

    best,
    Bella Andre / Lucy Kevin

  3. Hey, thanks so much for including me on your list! My Lawson Vampire series is selling extremely well – thanks! Part of it is the fact that we’re bringing it to TV soon (http://thefixer.tv for those interested) and the fact that my fans really enjoy the books. If you’ve read the books, you know they’re a blast. I’m also doing a lot of cool swag giveaways on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jonfmerzfans so be sure to swing by and say hello! Thanks again for including me on your list! And thanks to all the awesome readers who helped put me there!

  4. I’m truly honored to be #3 on the list and infinitely grateful to my readers for putting me there. I don’t, for a minute, ever lose sight of the fact that they are the ones who count. There are no words to express my gratitude, so I’ll just say thank you. I’d also like to send out a big congratulations to my fellow authors on the list and the many other indies who work so hard. We all have something to be proud of.
    We’re putting the power back where it belongs: with the readers!

  5. Thank you for including me on the list–I’m honored. And I’d like to echo what Andrew said: my readers rock! More power to them!

    Thanks for all you do to connect readers with great books,
    CJ

  6. I was a bit surprised to find myself NOT listed nowhere on this list, double negatives not withstanding…. I sold many separate titles in March amounting to 3,000 sales. My total sales of 2011, I have not sat down to calculate but it will be considerable.

    Robert W. Walker

    1. Well, you’ll have to let us know. And then we can add you to the list of authors we track. It might surprise you but we didn’t know quite a few of the authors on this list until they contacted us.

      1. Like Robert, I wondered why I wasn’t included on your list. My sales in March were well over 5,000 copies. Now I know I should have contacted you. Is there anything more I should do other than this reply? Thanks for a great list!

        1. Diane, we don’t know any indie authors except those we run into + there’s no way to find them either. That’s why you’re not on the list. It’s not a conspiracy sponsored by aliens from Beta Prime.

          Also, your email (at twitter.example.com) doesn’t work. You have to add an email we can contact you on.

  7. Thanks for including me on your list. I wanted to mention that I sold more than 50,000 ebooks in March, nearly 30,000 of them at B&N alone. Just wanted to correct the estimated number you had listed for me. Thanks for the mention!

  8. Thanks for including me on your list! March was truly a banner month. I wanted to mention that I sold closer to 50,000 e-books in March, rather than the 23,000 you had listed for me. With five of my books spending most of March in the Top 100 at B&N, I sold close to 30,000 ebooks there alone. Thanks again for the mention!

      1. Thanks so much for the update. March madness has taken on a whole new meaning around here! Thanks again for the mention!

  9. Congratulations to all who made the list! That is a great reward for a lot of hard work! I aspire to have our name, Charles Siefken and Wendy Siefken for Kai’s Journey up there someday! Congrats to all!

  10. Great list! Very cool to see everyone’s sales. And I agree with what’s been said, the readers absolutely rock!
    I look forward to contacting you at the end of the month with my sales. They’re shaping up to be pretty fantastic. (at least in my own eyes!)
    Thanks for this.

    1. Well, you can let us know your correct numbers. Your email didn’t work so perhaps you just wanted to air your grievances without correcting your figures.

  11. I have 4 titles, two are in the top 300 and one in top 2000 and one in top 4000. I moved over 17k just last month and 150k in the last year. My first book, SWEET DREAMS, help the #1 spot in hard-boiled thriller for a year and a half.

    I will have three books coming out this year so hope to break the 200k per year mark. I would love to be added to the list.

    Aaron Patterson

  12. I’ll add figures and submit myself to be tracked here.

    Jason Letts with roughly 2300 sales in March. My novel Overflow reached a ranking of 184 in the Kindle store. I’m also approaching 50,000 lifetime sales and should get there in the next month or two.

  13. I’ll add figures and submit myself to be tracked here. Congrats to everyone on the list!

    Jason Letts with roughly 2300 sales in March. My novel Overflow reached a ranking of 184 in the Kindle store. I’m also approaching 50,000 lifetime sales and should get there in the next month or two.

  14. Great list! Inspirational to read so many success stories.

    Me? I’m off to rev up my little engine : “I think I can, I think I can…”

    Congratulations to all! 🙂

  15. This is so awesome to see talented authors not signed to a big publishing house get the recognition they deserve!
    I have bought about 6 tonight off your list and bookmarked a bunch of others to check out.
    My new found favourite who is on your list: Kristen Ashley (LOVE ‘Sweet Dreams’ and all of her series), is now an automatic buy for me, whichever genre she writes in and at whatever price. I can’t believe that her books are cheaper than magazines I recycle after reading once!
    I know a lot of people who have had more satisfaction from their indie books lately than from established ‘signed’ writers. I know that after I read KA, I deleted a bunch that I had downloaded because the same passion and uniqueness of voice just wasn’t there and I found them formulaic or just ho hum compared to her.
    I hope this list also gives others a good head start to break away from just reading top ten list agency titles. There is a lot of talent represented here! Thanks again 🙂

  16. It’s amazing how far we’ve come so quickly… two years ago a list like this would’ve been hidden away, and not even your closest writing friends would want to share the information unless they had a hugely strong month (and even then, pad it a bit, lol). It’s great to get a feel for what the top indie authors are doing, and to see that the authors to watch are so close to that list, and that my own sales could be included in that to watch list, which gives me something else to strive for besides just total sales.

    Armand Rosamilia

  17. Thanks for including me in the “authors to watch.” As a side-note, its a shame Amazon only lists my books in the “ghosts” category on the product page, because Along Came a Demon is #24 Urban Fantasy, #16 Paranormal Mystery, #13 Paranormal Fiction. Also, #4 Paranormal Fiction in the UK. (Yes, taking the opportunity to blow my own horn here!)

  18. I’m totally blown away by this list, and honored to be grouped with such esteemed talent. Since I published my first book in late November, 2011, I’m crazy happy about how far I’ve come in only 4 and a half months. Thank you!!!!

  19. Thank you Meaghan and the ireaderreview staff for your hard work in researching and compiling this list. It’s an honor to be listed in the top 60 authors to be watched. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the readers who bought my books in the past twelve months, which resulted in two ‘Night’ novels reaching the Kindle Paid Top 100. You are AWESOME! Thank you!

  20. Thanks for putting up this list and taking the time to compile all the information. And a big thank you to the authors who share their stats to give inspiration to newer authors like me. Give me something to shoot for and dream about! Congrats everyone!

  21. I’ve just discovered this site. Glad to find it but a bit disappointed my books weren’t listed. I generally have at least 8 titles in the Top 100 bestsellers in Regency romance category. While my sales are down from my top month of selling 37,000, I sold more than 14,000 in March.

    My name: Cheryl Bolen
    Current top seller: HIS LORDSHIP’S VOW (Number 1, Regency)

  22. Great site! I was a little surprised that my books weren’t listed. I usually have at least 8 bestsellers in my Regency romance category. At this writing my top seller (HIS LORDSHIP’S VOW) is number 1 and in the 400s in the Kindle Store. I sold more than 14,000 books in March, which is down from my best month of selling 37,000.

    It’s so inspiring to see authors selling 50,000 a month!

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      There’s no listing of ‘indie authors doing well’. This is an attempt towards one. So we didn’t have you on it because we didn’t know you existed. Now we do and we’ll update the list.

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