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Print Books Now in Stores - Update!

OnANight120I wanted to give everyone an update on my groundbreaking partnership with Ingram Publisher Services to sell and distribute my print books under my publishing print imprint HYDE STREET PRESS into physical bookstores across the country. The first book in my NYT Bestselling Callaway Series ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS hits shelves this week. And I’ll be releasing at least one book a month, sometimes two, for the next twelve months. SO THIS IS LOVE will come out on May 5th.

I’m happy to report that thanks to the stellar Ingram sales team, I’m getting great distribution of both trade paperback and hardcovers into retailers and libraries across the country. Target has made ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS one of their featured titles this month. B&N is also promoting the book on their front table and I’m getting support from Amazon, Hudson Booksellers, airport bookstores and supermarket chains around the country.

I will admit that it’s been tough to get much distribution into the Indie bookstores and some of the small book chains.  There still seems to be a stigma towards romance/women’s fiction, and I hope with time that that will change. Romance is a huge market, and I know there are lots of readers who would love to get my books at their local stores but unfortunately they don’t carry them–yet!  Shelf space is hard to come by, but I do think that mainstream romantic fiction is a big seller both in digital and print.

But I’m really pleased with the print run for the first book, which is the same as the print run some of my trade paperback published friends who write for NY publishing houses are getting. And the hardcovers are also selling surprisingly well, especially in the library market.

I have been wanting to get my best-selling digital titles back into print for the last three years but was unable to land a print-only deal with a NY house and I was unwilling to give up my digital rights, since I’ve sold 5 million ebooks in the last three years. It took me a while to find a partner who was willing to think outside of the box. And I’m thrilled to be working with Ingram!

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Ground-breaking Print Venture With Ingram!

HydeStreet_BlackI’m thrilled to announce that I’ve entered into a history-making and innovative partnership with Ingram Publishing Services (IPS). Through my new publishing imprint Hyde Street Press, I will be working with Ingram’s full-service sales team to sell and distribute my NYT bestselling novels in print format around the world. Soon, you’ll be able to find my best-selling Callaway series and other top-selling books in your local retail outlet. 

I’ve been working with Ingram for several months on this venture. Since I began independently publishing my books, I’ve wanted to reach the large contingent of readers who still like to browse their local bookstores or retail outlets for books, but it was a difficult goal to reach–until now. With Ingram’s help, I’ll be able to reach those readers, wherever they like to shop.

I think this venture is going to be a win-win-win for booksellers, readers and Indie authors like myself who have not been able to reach the print market outside of print-on-demand in the last few years. There’s been a void in the market, and the larger publishers have been unwilling to put bestselling digital titles by Indie authors into print without taking a piece of the digital pie. But with my partnership with Ingram, I’ll still maintain all of my digital rights. I’m very excited to have Ingram as a partner in this exciting new venture. And I’m so happy that readers will be able to get my books in any format they like from print to digital to audio! 

Here’s the official release from Ingram! 

 

October 15, 2014

Contact: Keel Hunt 615-321-3110

 Best-Selling Author Barbara Freethy Selects Ingram to Launch Digital Best Sellers in Physical Format

 

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced that #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy has selected Ingram Publisher Services to deliver her e-books in print form to readers worldwide through Hyde Street Press, Ms. Freethy’s new independent publishing company.    

 “I believe in the value of both digital and physical books, and I’m very excited to be able to please my print fans around the world using the comprehensive distribution services and worldwide reach of Ingram,” said Barbara Freethy, Author and Owner, Hyde Street Press. “Through our collaborative efforts, digital books from my collection will be available in print, many for the very first time. Together, we are going to make history, bringing my indie best-selling digital books to the print world in a big way.”

The first four print titles from Hyde Street Press that will be available from Ingram Publisher Services in spring 2015 include books from Freethy’s Callaway Series: On A Night Like This, So This Is Love, Falling For A Stranger and Between Now and Forever. Titles that will follow later in 2015 include two of her best-selling books, Summer Secrets, which hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List, and Don’t Say a Word, which has spent 12 weeks on the list. Hyde Street Press plans to introduce six to eight books per year.

With more than 4.8 million e-books sold worldwide, Hyde Street Press will take advantage of Ingram’s full-service publishing, distribution and inventory management services, including Ingram’s print-on-demand worldwide network, to quickly fulfill demand for print copies.  

 “We’re delighted that we can help Barbara Freethy find new readers and give her existing fans new choices by offering her e-books in print form,” said Mark Ouimet, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Publisher Services. “By taking advantage of Ingram’s services, Barbara will be able to easily provide readers with the flexibility to experience her beloved books in the formats they like best. We look forward to our work with the Hyde Street Press team.”

Barbara Freethy is the author of 40 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women’s fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara turned to independent publishing in 2011 and has since sold millions of e-books. Ms. Freethy was recently named Amazon KDP’s bestselling author of all time by Amazon.Nineteen of Barbara’s titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.

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Digital Book Sales Hit 5 Million Units!

OnANight120I’m thrilled to report that my digital book sales have surpassed 5 million units this month, which is an amazing number of copies sold. (The figure does NOT include free copies only paid units). In July of 2014, I was also informed that I was the Amazon KDP BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ALL TIME! Yay!

I’m so excited that readers from all around the world have been discovering my books. I’m currently selling worldwide on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and Nook. These amazing retailers have provided wonderful opportunities for writers to put their work out into the world, and I’m so grateful for all of their support.

This past year, I’ve turned my focus toward the global market and have begun translating some of my titles. I’ve translated three books into German, two books into Spanish and five books into French. Check out my Foreign Editions page for more information.

I’ve also been producing audiobooks through ACX, and the first five books in my Callaway
Series are now available in audio as well as the three books in the Wish Series. You can hear samples from the audio editions here!

And for those of you who love books in print, I’m now releasing my Callaway series in print in bookstores around the country under my new publishing imprint Hyde Street Press.

Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of ALL TIME!

Barbara FreethyWhoo-Hoo – I just got some really exciting news! Amazon just told me that I am currently the bestselling author of all time on the KDP Platform, which is the self-publishing platform that Amazon set up about 5 years ago.

As many of you know, I was traditionally published for many years but began self publishing my books in 2011. Since then I’ve sold over 4.2 million units and according to Amazon, their bestselling author of all time! I know I had to repeat it again, because it’s so amazing! 

I have all my wonderful readers to thank for supporting my books. I appreciate each and every one of you, especially those of you who have written to tell me you have read every single one of my books. I can’t tell you how honored I am by that commitment to my stories. That Summer Night

So it’s back to writing. I’m excited to bring you the next book in the Callaway Series – THAT SUMMER NIGHT, on June 19th. 

In the meantime, hope you’ll check out the earlier books in the series and/or any other titles that you may have missed along the way.

Thanks!!! 

 

Ebook sales hit 4.2 million!

Barbara Freethy

I have had a database expert compiling all my numbers for the last three years since I began self publishing and I’m so happy to report that sales have just passed 4.2 million paid units of my self-published books. These numbers don’t include any of the sales made through traditional publishers, so it’s pretty amazing! And I’m doing a little happy dance as I finish writing the 6th book in my Callaway Series THAT SUMMER NIGHT, coming to all retails on June 19, 2014!