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!!! 

 

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! 

 

 

 

 

Between Now And Forever 120So happy that the fourth book in my Callaway Series BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER just the hit the NYT Times Bestseller List at #25 and the USA Today Bestseller List at #61! Whoo Hoo! Thanks to all of you who are loving the Callaways.

BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER is one of my favorite stories. I had Nicole and Ryan’s story in mind from the very beginning. This couple needed to find a way back to each other. I loved telling their son’s story as well and a lot of you have told me that this book really tugged at your emotions, which I’m thrilled about. 

Read an excerpt

 

 

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I’m very excited to see my romantic suspense DON’T SAY A WORD on this week’s New York Times Bestseller List. It comes in at #11 on the Ebooks list and #17 on the Combined Ebooks/Print list. If you haven’t read this title yet, you might want to check it out. It has over 650 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars on Amazon alone and hundreds of reviews on the other retail sites as well. It’s one of my personal favorites. It started out with a simple idea: What if you saw a famous photograph of a young orphaned girl standing at the gates of a Russian orphanage and she looked exactly like you, but you’ve never been to Russia, and you weren’t adopted, so what explains the uncanny resemblance… 

You can read a blurb and excerpt here

The sales of my self-published ebooks have just crossed over the 3 million mark!!!  To say I’m astonished and amazed would be only a few of the adjectives I could use to describe this accomplishment. And I really want to thank the readers who have purchased many titles from my extensive booklist. Some people have written me to say they’ve read every single book, and I am deeply honored and touched by the support. 

As some of you know, my self publishing journey began in January of 2011 when I published SUMMER SECRETS, a story of three summer-secrets-150_1sisters, an around-the-world sailing race, a lot of secrets, and one man determined to uncover them all.  Summer Secrets had been originally published by NAL, but rights had reverted to me, so I decided to self publish the book. I loved the story, and I knew I had a lot of fans who hadn’t been able to find it in the bookstores before it disappeared. The first few weeks sales were slow. I didn’t really know what I was doing, and the self publishing world was very new at that time. There was a lot less information available for self publishing authors, so there was a lot of trial and error involved and a steep learning curve. As part of that learning curve, I watched videos on how to use Photoshop so I could make my covers, I studied every how-to-format an ebook article that was available (not as many as there are now), and I got my book up at the various retailers. 

As I said the first two months were slow. I put up another couple of books during that time period. I played around a lot with my cover choices, sometimes changing them a couple of times. And I also played around with price points. I did all the social media I was already doing for my traditionally published books. I dedicated myself to learning how to publish and sell ebooks. I read everything I could. I talked to all the retailers whenever I could find them, and I studied what other successful self publishing authors were doing. 

Then something wonderful happened, SUMMER SECRETS started to sell and sell and sell. It eventually hit #1 on B&N and a month later hit #1 on Amazon, and then the biggest feat of all, it hit #1 on the New York Times EBook List. It also hit #3 on the NYT Combined
Print and Ebook List, even though there was not one copy in print available.  What was even more amazing was at the moment that SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on Amazon and the NYT, DON’T SAY A WORD hit #1 on B&N. I had three top spots with two different titles. I went on put another fourteen titles on the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists for a total of 48 weeks. 

dont-say-a-word-150_1My husband was as incredulous as I was. We’d been accumulating a lot of college debt for our kids, and his construction biz had a hit slow down after the economy crashed, so I was very motivated to make money on my writing. I think having that pressure probably helped me focus and just put my head down and work as hard as I could. 

I was lucky that I had some backlist books to start with. Now I’m self publishing original books and loving every minute of it. I recently completed THE WISH SERIES: A SECRET WISH, JUST A WISH AWAY and WHEN WISHES COLLIDE. The books all stand alone but are connected by the theme of wishes. My new series is THE CALLAWAYS: ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS and SO THIS IS LOVE are currently available. The third book in the series will be out July 2013!

I enjoy running my own business, having control over what I write and how frequently it comes out. I was always a fast writer and wrote more quickly than publishers could publish me. So I no longer have to space out a series over 3 years, I can do 3-4 books a year and keep my readers happy! on-a-night-like-this-150_1

I’ve probably worked harder the last two years than I did at any other time in my life, but the rewards have been great! I’ve learned a lot, and the most important thing is to keep writing books. New material always drives sales, much more than any number of amazing tweets or FB posts. Social media/promotion are important but only as an adjunct to the most important thing which is writing more books! 

I also have to give a shout-out to the wonderful retailers who are supporting self publishing and making it so easy for writers to bring their books to market. There are wonderful people working at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. And I truly appreciate all the the time they spend supporting and helping authors. 

If you’d like to chat with me about self publishing, feel free to email me at barbara@barbarafreethy.com or join me on Facebook or Twitter

Until then, Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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