I've been a fan of Mark Coker and his firm, Smashwords, since 2007 when I uploaded Release Your Writing to their service to publish an ebook and inadvertently crashed their server. It takes a great guy to talk to me on the phone and take over the project.
Here is an excerpt from their blog today:
Take a look at the August 5 edition of The New York Times Fiction Ebook bestseller list, out yesterday. Lightning struck multiple times this week.
Congrats to Colleen Hoover (Slammed at #8, Point of Retreat at #18), R.L. Mathewson (Playing for Keeps at #16), Lyla Sinclair (Training Tessa at #17) and Bella Andre (If You Were Mine at #22, Can't Help Falling in Love at #23, and I Only Have Eyes for You at #24).
All the credit for these results go to the authors who wrote the books,
the readers who purchased them and the retailers who connected these
books with readers.
I'd like to thank each of the authors above for allowing Smashwords to
play some role in their distribution strategy. Some of them use
Smashwords to reach most of the major retailers, and some use us to
reach only a few. You can find each of their books at Smashwords by
clicking the title above, or find them at your favorite ebook retailer.
Show them your support because they're opening doors for every indie
It's a big deal to see a single Smashwords author on the New York Times
Bestseller list, let alone four in one week. A year ago, it was unheard
of. A year from now, it'll be more commonplace. Tomorrow's global
bestsellers are at Smashwords. Maybe the next bestseller will be the
title uploaded to Smashwords two minutes from now, soon to be visible at
the top of the Smashwords home page. Or maybe it'll be one or more of
the nearly 9,000 new titles uploaded to Smashwords in the last 30 days.
Or uploaded three years ago.