Many writers dream of seeing their book on the NYT Best Seller List. Few actually do.
Two of my writer buddies experienced that thrill recently, and I’m so happy for them.
Nine Barbour authors contributed novellas for inclusion in A Log Cabin Christmas, including Erica Vetsch and Michelle Ule. On the day of the Awards Banquet at the ACFW conference these lovely ladies learned that the book made the NYT Best Seller Lists in the Paperback Trade Fiction category. It appeared at the 34th spot on the October 2, 2011 list.
I attended the ACFW conference, so I was able to squee with both Erica and Michelle in person and join in their celebration. They’re both so humble, though, that I think I squealed louder than they did. They were, however, sporting some mighty big smiles. 🙂
Erica has several books published, but this is her first time to hit a best seller list. And what a way to do it! Michelle made the list with her very first published story. She blogged about the incredible experience here.
Now, as Erica and Michelle were quick to point out, the fact that they soared to stardom is due in large part to the fact that Barbour’s top selling fiction author, Wanda Brunstetter, penned one of the novellas. Wanda is a regular on the NYT Best Seller List, but this time she took eight Barbour authors with her, and I’m happy for all of them.
A Look at A Log Cabin Christmas
I found A Log Cabin Christmas in Walmart a few days after its release and snagged a copy. Since there were only two left at that point, I didn’t want to delay.
The book flew off the shelves, and it’s easy to see why. It’s beautiful.
The book has an attractive cover, one with front and back flaps such as those seen on a dust jacket. Half the pages are uncut or rough, giving the book an old-fashioned feel.
The Advantages of Getting a Book in Walmart
As I shared in my last post, I learned that the book section in my local Walmart has been expanded and that I’d been visiting it frequently in search of a friend’s book. That friend is Erica Vetsch, and the book I sought is her first trade-length romance, A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas, the first historical in Barbour’s new Destinations Romance line.
The reason I’m eager to see Erica’s book in Walmart is that having a title appear there can help ensure that it earns out its advance, meaning enough copies are sold that the author’s portion of the royalties exceeds the advance on royalties she received. Her publisher will be happy, and her book will be considered successfully launched, which are good things.
At the ACFW conference in 2010 I attended a workshop presented by three members of the Thomas Nelson team. During that presentation Allen Arnold, head of the fiction department, said that if a book makes it to Walmart, it will sell more copies there than in all the Christian bookstores across the U.S. combined.
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As of this writing, A Bride’s Portrait has yet to grace the shelves of my local Walmart, however I’ve not given up hope. If you see it in yours, be sure to let me know. And if there are any copies of A Log Cabin Christmas left, I suggest getting one before they’re gone.
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How do you think you’d react if you learned that you’d make the NYT Best Seller List?
Did you know how much of an effect on sales getting a book in Walmart can have?
Have you spotted A Log Cabin Christmas on the shelves in a store near you?
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Win a copy of A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas
My local Walmart might not have the book, but I’ve got an autographed copy to give away.
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment by midnight Thursday, October 6th.
On Friday, October 7th, I’ll list the winner’s name here and in a comment.
Congratulations to Wilma Metcalf, winner of the drawing!