New website is under construction.

Dec 31, 2010

New Blog for the New Year!

I'm going to add a new blog to my repertoire. I will still keep this blog to discuss writerly things. The new blog will be aimed at sharing content. I'm going to offer the first book in my new series for free... 500 words a day, from now until June. (It's 98 chapterlets and I will only post Mon-Fri.) I will also offer a pdf file of the whole book for free, if people prefer.

I have no idea if anyone will be intersted in reading the book that way, but I thought it would be a fun thing to try. We'll see how it goes!

To add a little more spice, I'm also going to invite other novelists to advertise their books by posting 500 word long excerpts. And I've also opened it up to posting 500 word flash fiction from time to time.

Sensing the common theme here...? The blog will be called "500 Words."

In other news, the trade paperback versions of both Conmergence and now The Unfinished Song: Initiate, are available!


Dec 29, 2010

New Year, New Policy from All Romance eBooks for Self-Published Authors and Small Presses

Reposted with permission:
The start of a new year brings the beginning of a new policy at All Romance eBooks as they lift the requirement that sellers maintain a minimum number of titles in their online storefront.

All Romance eBooks announced today that beginning January 1, 2011 they will waive their required ten book minimum for publishers or individuals wishing to sell on the OmniLit™/All Romance™ sites. The revision in policy is designed to accommodate the ever increasing number of publishers with just a few eBooks in their catalog and authors choosing to self-publish their own work.

The move reflects ARe’s long standing policy to provide their customers with the most diverse selection of romance and mainstream titles possible, with catalogs from the major publishers (including Harlequin and Random House) as well as selections from small press and individual authors.

“Some of our hottest selling books are coming from indies,” said Lori James. “More importantly, the change in policy is in response to author and reader requests.”

The rising trend in self-publishing could be attributed to today’s digital technology which makes it possible for authors to self-publish high quality digital eBooks, whether it be a single title or their entire out-of-print backlist, in addition to readers demanding an ever broadening selection of genres, authors and titles.


ABOUT ALL ROMANCE eBOOKS

All Romance eBooks, LLC was founded in 2006, is privately held in partnership, and headquartered in Palm Harbor, Florida. The company owns AllRomance.com, which specializes in the sale of romance eBooks and OmniLit.com, which sells both fiction and non-fiction eBooks.

Dec 28, 2010

Oooooo Guess What I'm Reading....

Thirds. By Michelle Davidson Argyle.

Reading... reading... done now, in one sitting.

What can I say?

I'm going to abuse my privileged position as beta reader to take this moment to gloat shamelessly.

I pity all of you who have to wait to savor this delicious novella. I pity you.

Hee hee hee.

Yeah, it's that good!

Dec 27, 2010

Agent Stats

Some literary agents, Weronika Janczuk and Kristin Nelson have kindly shared their agently stats for the year. Most interesting!

Dec 25, 2010

Christmas and Godzilla: A True Story

My four year old son recently discovered Godzilla.

He was already a big fan of dinosaurs. He also loved dragons. But then he saw a picture of a cartoon Godzilla in the line-up on Netflix. We're pretty picky about what we watch on tv with the kids, preferring educational programs, but he begged, "That one! That one!" every time the picture scrolled by. I gave in, figuring he'd watch one show and that would be the end of it.

Clearly, I understimated cartoon Godzilla's charms. He was shaped like a dinosaur but fifty times as big! He had magical fire breath like a dragon!

"Godzilla is SUPER AWESOME!" My four year old jumped up and down with glee.

Even my two year old son latched on to the show. "I wan Wazilla!"

What have I gotten myself into? I wondered.

When my son gets on a kick, he is the most obsessive fanboy imaginable. He wanted to watch Godzilla night and day, six times in the morning, six times at night and twice again instead of nap. He suggested that he could skip preschool, the better to enjoy an all-day Godzilla marathon.

This alone would have been enough to drive a parent nuts, but for some reason my husband went further. He took a dislike to the show the first time he saw it. When my husband gets on a kick, he is the most obsessive h8r imaginable.

"What? Why didn't he call for back-up? Why does his flashlight work now but not before? No helicopter moves like that!" he would exclaim while watching the show. "I hate this show! They can't even get the laws of physics right!"

Then my husband and four-year-old son would argue about whether the show was "stupid" or not. "Is too!" "Is not!"

Really.

Immediately after Thanksgiving, my son put in his first request for a toy Godzilla. I figured the phase would pass, and didn't worry about. But as Christmas came closer and closer, he kept making remarks like, "I hope Santa brings me a Godzilla!" "We have to tell Santa about Godzilla, Mommy!"

"Can't you just pretend your T-rex is Godzilla?"

"T-rex is a dinosaur, Mommy, not a Godzilla." He said this as though it should be obvious.

The problem was that the Godzilla movie came out in 1998. The cartoon came out a year later. It was not exactly this season's hot toy in the stores. I checked every Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and boutique ye olde toy shoppe in the tri-state area, which is even more impressive when you consider that l live on the West Coast. I checked eBay and Craig's list and Amazon, and found a few used versions, but balked at the price. I didn't want a collector's item, and, especially given my husband's ongoing opposition to all things Godzilla, I was reluctant to encourage my son's interest.

When my son wrote his letter to Santa, he listed a number of things he had seen in a catalogue (he's already a savvy shopper, and even advised Santa on the price of things, "I want the one the one that costs three hundred dollars but not the one that costs a hundred dollars, cause that's too uk-pensive."

He didn't mention Godzilla, because Godzilla was not in the catalogue.

Thank goodness for commercialization of Christmas. A bullet dodged.

Then on Christmas Eve, out of the blue, my son asked me where his letter to Santa was.

"We mailed it to Santa, remember?"

"No!" he said. "I need it back. I forgot to add Godzilla to my list!"

I explained there was no way to get it back. His whole face screwed up like a sun-dried cranberry. "Santa isn't going to know I want Godzilla! I have to ask Santa for Godzilla! I need my letter to Santa to tell him!"

"We'll write a new letter to Santa and leave it for him with the cookies tonight," I promised, but I wondered what I was going to do when Christmas morning came and there was no Godzilla toy. Was Santa going to leave a note saying, "Sorry, your request came too late, maybe next year." I thought about what I would have thought about Santa if he'd told me that when I was four.

I had a sinking feeling this was going to be the Christmas that scarred my son's emotional growth forever.

My husband motioned me over to the kitchen. We whispered like conspirators.

"We can still get it," he said.

"We can't, it's not in any of the stores, and there's no way to order it online at this point!"

"I have one," he said.

"You found it? When?"

"I bought it when the movie came out," he said, matter-of-factly. "The movie was so terrible, I had to have one."

I stared at him. He bought a kid's toy for a movie he hated that came out twelve years ago, and kept it all this time?

Apparently, yes.

While my sons watched Rudoph the Red-nosed Reindeer, we put in a frantic call to grandparents, who searched through their entire house, found nothing, searched again and then drove over to our house with something wrapped up in a grocery store plastic bag.

This morning, as my son opened present after present, he kept asking, "Is it Godzilla?"

Godzilla was the last present. Perfect, pristine, brand new Godzilla, looking just like the movie and cartoon. It ever roars when you press a button.

"Santa is SUPER AWESOME!" cried my son.

Yes, Santa, you are.


* * *

Merry Christmas.

* * *

And these were Santa's presents to me: the print version of Conmergence and the ebook version of the first book in my fantasy series, The Unfinished Song: Initiate. Both out today!



Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Merry Christmas!





Dec 23, 2010

It began innocently enough....



I first saw this hilarious video on Kindle Nation's blog. Hehehe.

Conmergence is Available in Print!



Yes, finally! Yay!

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - To The Manger

So how many of you took part in Nativity Plays as kids, where you'd use tinsel on a bent hanger for a halo and bathrobes for shepherds' frocks? When I was a preteen, I directed a number of these, including one with a science fiction theme: the Nativity in outer space. (It was a Unitarian church, what can I say.) Were you in plays? Where and who put it on? What sets and costumes did you use? Did you sing Christmas carols or just read the New Testament as though it were a script? To tell! Don't be shy. :)





Dec 22, 2010

Behold the New Cover Art



Here it is! The new cover art for the first Dindi book, now known as Initiate: The Unfinished Song, Book One. The model is Jessica Trescott, of Faestock on deviantART. The pixie is my very first artwork done in Poser. I'm still not good enough make realistic looking people in Poser, and I don't want androids on my cover, since this isn't science fiction. But I think it works well enough for a pixie. What do you think?

Here's the back copy:

DEADLY INITIATION

A Bumbling Girl
Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying.

An Exiled Warrior
Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.

A Riddle and a Doll
Dindi discovers a strange corncob doll that could hold the secret to the riddle her grandmother couldn't answer...or could doom Dindi, Kavio and all of Faearth.

Is it clear? Enticing? Let me know if there are sentences that scan awkwardly or something that could be improved!

An earlier version was much shorter, but it was too short, and also, I feared it made the book sound like it was Middle Grade fiction:

The Tavaedies, powerful warrior-dancers, guard the secret magics of Faearth.

Dindi wants to be a Tavaedi. No one in her clan has ever passed the test. Her grandmother died trying.

But Dindi has a plan.

I'm still looking for taglines. For the print version, I'm thinking of using just, "No one in her clan has ever passed the Test. But she has a plan."

Suggestions are very, very welcome....

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is about shopping and shameless self-promotion, so this is a good time to remind you that you can give ebooks as presents! (Hint, hint.)

If you've already given all fifty of your friends a relatives gifts of my ebooks, and yet you are still frantically running around, trying to buy last minute presents, as I am, I humbly offer some suggestions in the songs below. There are a lot of good versions of Santa Baby. I chose Madanna's because it has a cute video. And who better than the Material Girl to represent the material side of Christmas?

Wait, you're objecting that Christmas is not just about shopping and self-promotion?

Weird.

You mean maybe what we want often bears no resemblance whatsoever to what we need...?

Nah.

I REALLY DO NEED A HIPPO!





Dec 21, 2010

The Three Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in the Mystery Genre

In a dream, I received the answer to the problem with my Nano novel (Xenophile): make it a mystery. It's hard sf, and a lot of the issues I want to explore in this series are pretty esoteric, and I was looking for a way for readers to connect with the characters on some familiar ground to make the harder sf elements easier to swallow. I decided that making them a detective/law enforcement team for hire out on the frontier of human settlements could be a good way to go.

I've been reading and watching more Mystery lately. All the subgenres. Police procedural, cozy, thriller, science fiction, history. Gee, this is great stuff, I thought. Why don't I enjoy mystery stories more often?

Then I tripped over a story that made me want to throw things, and I remembered. Oh, yeah. That's why.

The number one problem with the mystery genre? The entire genre. Yes, I'm going there!

The number one problem with the mystery genre is caused by trying to avoid the number two problem. The number two problem is caused by the number three problem. So let's go over them in reverse order:

3. The murderer comes out of nowhere.
This is a noob mistake, right? You can't have four suspects through-out the story and then suddenly pull a fifth suspect, a character the reader has never even heard about, out of the hat in the final scene. The problem is that if you bring all the suspects on stage, you run into the Problem#2.

2. It's really obvious who the murderer is.
When I lived in Africa, there was only one channel on TV, and even that channel only aired shows a few hours a day, mostly old re-runs of oddly chosen foreign series. One of the shows was a West German detective show. It was great to watch, because, unlike with American shows, I could never predict who the murderer would be. After a number of episodes, though, that changed. Pretty soon, I could predict which suspect would be guilty with fair regularity. (The murderer was usually a jobless young man, whose motive was always greed.)

With American mysteries, especially on TV, a lot of candidates can be eliminated based on politically correct stereotypes. If a poor, black man is accused of committing the murder to get drugs and an old, white Senator with a Southern accent is accused of doing it to cover up an arms deal, you can bet it's going to be the Senator.

Most people would say that writing an obvious murderer is the biggest mistake a mystery writer can make. But I think there is something worse.

1. The murderer is absurd.
To me, the biggest mistake a writer can make is to distort the characters for the sake of being unexpected. Credibility is sacrificed to surprise.

Myster writers have pulled off genre-changing surprises. All sorts of creative ideas have been tried. "The butler did it!" was at some point, new. Everyone did it; no one did it (the death was faked); the detective himself was the murderer! And so on.

That's fine, as long as the writer has paid their dues and planted their clues throughout the story. But you can't just explain a motive into existence. Sure, if you have two suspects, and one is an angry young man and the other is a sweet old grandma, you can write your story giving the young man an alibi and the grandma an extreme jealousy of her knitting partner's Christmas cookie recipe. But that is not going to convince me grandma would poke her partner through the eye with a knitting needle. Because, in real life, angry young men commit the majority of violent crimes, whereas jealous grandmas just bitch on the phone to their granddaughters (oh, do they), and I need more than a writer's need for a surprise ending to convince me otherwise.

Oh, but it gets worse. Mysteries are usually written in series. I'm willing to suspend disbelief about the number of times a sleuth can encounter murderers, even serial killers (though they aren't actually that common), the number of times a sleuth can be shot and survive with no discernible long-term health issues, the number of times the sleuth can innocently date the murderer before she realizes his true nature while thinking deeply on the matter tied up in the trunk of his car.

But what I cannot forgive is when the writer takes a major supporting character, who, up until now has shown every sign of being endearingly quirky but in no way murderous, and suddenly makes that person the murderer in the latest case. For the sake of surprise. The old "Watson is really Moriarty!" trick. Right. That is surprising. But it's also stupid. Because crap like that happens only in mysteries.

That's not say that major characters can't be suspects or murderers. But don't confuse motive with character. Someone can have amble motive to murder, yet to murder would be a violation of their character. I would rather guess the murderer in a mystery before then end, but be kept guessing about how the characters will deal with it than sacrifice characters for a cheap twist.

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Peace on Earth

There is a great version of Happy Christmas (War is Over) by the three tenors, Pavarotti-Domingo-Carreras, but the You Tube version has terrible sound. I heard this version of I Heard The Bells for the first time when searching for songs on You Tube. I was looking for the older version, but I fell in love with this one.






Dec 20, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Jolly Joy

I've looked over the songs I've posted, and wow, did I find every sad Christmas song in the world? Time for some holly jolly joy and all that.

Burl Ives Have a Holly Jolly Christmas is one of my all-time favorites. I will always imagine him as a snowman.

I don't watch soap operas, and I have no idea who these people in Jingle Bell Rock are. What I do know is that they can't sing, which makes the whole song remind me of a drunken office party. In a good way. (They aren't actually as of bad singers as your co-workers, don't worry.)

I love Carol of the Bells, and I couldn't decide which was my favorite version. I went with The Bird and the Bee, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also very cool.





Dec 19, 2010

Conmergence (print version) and Reflections on Self-Publishing

I thank all of you who have patiently waited for the print version of Conmegence. After numerous delays, all of my own accidental and unwanted contrivance, I have finally managed to approve the print version for sale. It should be up on Amazon's site in about a week.

I will also be selling autographed copies, if anyone wants one. These won't be available before Christmas. (I know this will disappoint the vast hoards of people wishing to give autographed copies of my book as gifts, but just think, you could buy it in January and avoid the rush next year.) You can put in an order now, and not pay until it is ready to ship in mid-January. Just let me know, in a comment or a private email to: tara@taramayastales.com

It's taken me awhile to work out all the kinks of this self-publishing business. It's not that hard; it's not that easy, either. It's been worth, and a lot of fun, but given the hiccups I've experienced, I'm glad I eased in with my anthology, Conmergence, which I felt less nervous about "ruining." I now know that even if it takes me a while to get things out there, even if my schedule is not as fast-paced and coordinated as I would like, it's still worth doing. And I've reached the conclusion it's worth doing again, which is why I will be bringing my fantasy epic, The Unfinished Song, out as well. As with Conmergence, I will bring the ebook out first, and the print version will be available a few weeks later..

The hardest thing about being an indie is the fact that since you CAN check your sales day by day, or minute by minute, it's very hard NOT to. If there is a day, or even an hour, that I don't make a sale, I feel very depressed. Joe Konrath has said one shouldn't compare oneself to other writers, but of course he says this because as writers we compare ourselves to other writers all the time. Most of the time, comparison makes me feel quite despondent, because I can list, with a fair amount of certainty, indie writers who are doing much better than me. Other times, it reassures me, because they've written about how slow things started out in the beginning, and built up slowly.

It's winter and it's cold and wet, the baby has a cold and so do I, the baby was up all night and so was I, and I can get gloomy. I feel that no one will ever want to read my books, even if I publish my whole fantasy series. I will be compulsively checking my sales page, and see no change hour after hour. Then I remind myself that after all, even if that should come to pass, I will have lost nothing. I will not be worse off than I was before. I will be writing, which I always knew was in my hands, but sometimes lost sight of. I will be publishing, publishing, which I always thought was in someone else's hands, but now need not be.

I have had trouble in another area of my life because, I was told, my interests are too wide ranging. I try too much, and often cannot chew all that I bite. I feel frustrated because I don't have the time I'd like for writing, and publicizing, and I wonder how I'll ever build up my sales if I don't have time to let people know about this book or the ones to come.

But on the other hand, when I look over what I am doing with my life, there is nothing that I would excise. Not my children--I don't care what anyone says, I don't think I have too many--not my soul mate, not my academic career, not my love of travel, or social activism, not my curiosity about a million things that have no obvious purpose. If I cannot do as well at any one thing as I would like, at least I am glad because I tried too much--and loved too much--and not too little.

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Lost and Found

One of the paradoxes of the holidays is that they don't always bring us joy. Sometimes they make us feel more lost, depressed and alone than ever.

Or maybe winter does that on its own. The winter holidays are ancient, older than any of the religions we practice today, and I think they were meant as an antidote to winter blues. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

If you are feeling alone or depressed this holiday, please reach out and let someone reach you.





Dec 18, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Candy, Cake and Cookies

Today's theme is Christmas treats. I looked for the muppet song, Christmas Smorgasbord, but couldn't find a version I liked. Hard Candy Christmas isn't really about candy, but it's a great song and it always makes me want candy, so here you go.

Candy. Cake. Cookies.

What could be better?!





Dec 16, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Reindeer Behaving Badly

Sock puppets singing karaoke. So silly, but too cute.

I love this version of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. I never realized Cousin Mel was so sexy, for one thing. It looks like she and grandpa were plotting, doesn't it? But it's all good, because Grandma turns up ok in the end, relieving my deep childhood trauma over her fate.

Just for the record, I do not endorse reindeer violence. Vixen, the first step is to admit you have a problem. Lay off the booze, buck. No wonder you stampeded grandma. You shouldn't drink and fly.





Dec 15, 2010

Three Announcements



First, I have an announcement. The first book in my fantasy series, The Unfinished Song, will be out as an ebook in time for Christmas. The cover is a surprise which I will reveal sometime in the next few days. Look out for it!

Second, speaking of covers, now that the stories are in for the Notes from the Underground anthology at The Literary Lab, I expect to be working on that cover soon too.

Third, one of my stories is a finalist to appear in an another anthology. I'll keep you updated as I hear more news on this.

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Welcoming Christmas

These are what I think of as welcoming Christmas songs. The first one, We Need a Little Christmas, was a favorite of my mom's when I was growing up. It was the first song she would put on when we brought out the Christmas records each year. She would sing the line, "I've grown a little older and I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder," and smile, and it was always a bit bittersweet. Silver Bells is another wonderful, "getting into the mood" song. Alan Jackson's Let it be Christmas became a new favorite of mine the first time I heard it, which was last year.





Dec 14, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos - Winter Songs

I'm feeling festive, and wanted to offer some of my favorite Christmas songs over the next twelve days.

Normally, I would also offer up one or two token Hannukah songs, if nothing else, for the sake of my Jewish grandma, but you know what? Hannakah and I are not on speaking terms right now. That's right, Stupid Lunar Calendar, I was still in school when you came and went, thanks for nothing.

Anyhoo...moving on to the Spirit of Christmas...ho, ho, ho...

What could be more Christmasy than the doomed adulterous love between Lancelot and Gwenivere? Besides, you know, pretty much anything? Consider it my hat tip to Winter's Solstice. Which has not passed yet, I love you Solar Calender.

So here are two wintery, sad, romantic songs that I love, even if I'm not sure how they are really related to Christmas, Hannukah or anything else. And by two, I meant three. Clearly, at this hour of the morning, I cannot count. Enjoy!





Dec 13, 2010

Dec 7, 2010

WWII Is So Cliche

In honor of the anniversy of the attack on Pearl Harbor.....Here via here.


Let's start with the bad guys. Battalions of stormtroopers dressed in all black, check. Secret police, check. Determination to brutally kill everyone who doesn't look like them, check. Leader with a tiny villain mustache and a tendency to go into apopleptic rage when he doesn't get his way, check. All this from a country that was ordinary, believable, and dare I say it sometimes even sympathetic in previous seasons.

I wouldn't even mind the lack of originality if they weren't so heavy-handed about it. Apparently we're supposed to believe that in the middle of the war the Germans attacked their allies the Russians, starting an unwinnable conflict on two fronts, just to show how sneaky and untrustworthy they could be? And that they diverted all their resources to use in making ever bigger and scarier death camps, even in the middle of a huge war? Real people just aren't that evil.

...Probably the worst part was the ending. The British/German story arc gets boring, so they tie it up quickly, have the villain kill himself (on Walpurgisnacht of all days, not exactly subtle) and then totally switch gears to a battle between the Americans and the Japanese in the Pacific. Pretty much the same dichotomy - the Japanese kill, torture, perform medical experiments on prisoners, and frickin' play football with the heads of murdered children, and the Americans are led by a kindly old man in a wheelchair.

Anyway, they spend the whole season building up how the Japanese home islands are a fortress, and the Japanese will never surrender, and there's no way to take the Japanese home islands because they're invincible...and then they realize they totally can't have the Americans take the Japanese home islands so they have no way to wrap up the season.

So they invent a completely implausible superweapon that they've never mentioned until now. Apparently the Americans got some scientists together to invent it, only we never heard anything about it because it was "classified". In two years, the scientists manage to invent a weapon a thousand times more powerful than anything anyone's ever seen before - drawing from, of course, ancient mystical texts. Then they use the superweapon, blow up several Japanese cities easily, and the Japanese surrender. Convenient, isn't it?

...and then, in the entire rest of the show, over five or six different big wars, they never use the superweapon again. Seriously. They have this whole thing about a war in Vietnam that lasts decades and kills tens of thousands of people, and they never wonder if maybe they should consider using the frickin' unstoppable mystical superweapon that they won the last war with. At this point, you're starting to wonder if any of the show's writers have even watched the episodes the other writers made.

I'm not even going to get into the whole subplot about breaking a secret code (cleverly named "Enigma", because the writers couldn't spend more than two seconds thinking up a name for an enigmatic code), the giant superintelligent computer called Colossus (despite this being years before the transistor was even invented), the Soviet strongman whose name means "Man of Steel" in Russian (seriously, between calling the strongman "Man of Steel" and the Frenchman "de Gaulle", whoever came up with the names for this thing ought to be shot).

So yeah. Stay away from the History Channel. Unlike most of the other networks, they don't even try to make their stuff believable.

Dec 6, 2010

Google Opens A Bookstore

Google's Bookstore

Previously thought to be called "Google Editions", the "Google eBookstore" is live and offering hundreds of thousands of titles for purchase. As opposed to other e-book providers, Google's e-books are entirely cloud-based.

"Google eBooks stores your library in the digital cloud," writes the company, "so you can read all of your favorite books using just about any device with an Internet connection."

For those of you worried about reading your books on the go or up in the air, where there might be no Internet connection, Google says that "once you open your book using our mobile reader apps, your book will sync to your device and you can continue reading it online or offline."

As for accessing these books, Google supports a number of devices, from Android and iOS smartphones to any e-book reader that supports the Adobe e-book platform to any device with a Javascript-enabled browser. Along with reading e-books, there is a Google Books app for both Android and iOS devices, which not only let you read the books, but make e-book purchases on the go.

Oh, and here's Google's own promotional video:



Here's the site: http://books.google.com/ebooks

Dec 4, 2010

Diagnosis of Writer's Brain

"People with mental illness are very much like people without mental illness only more so." -- Mark Vonnegut

Mark Vonnegut (yes, Kurt Vonnegut's
son) has an interesting article in The Journal of Mental Health about being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Have you ever wondered if there is some connection between madness and art? The connection has been alleged for millennia, and I personally believe there is a link between whatever genetic quirk causes writer's brain and other forms of mania, delusion and depression.

I hide my emotional state from most people I know. This includes those closest to me. I don't lie, I just don't talk about it. It wouldn't really serve any point. I know I'm abnormal and I'm okay with that. Actually, I have nothing to complain about, although when I was younger it bothered me a great deal. Many of the things I have done--you'll find some of them discussed in the author's notes in Conmergence I always felt a little guilty, because I engaged in a lot of things that some people would call "selfless," like working in a homeless shelter or in a war zone, but for selfish reasons, from this need to bring more balance to my life.

This also struck a chord:

During my recovery from my last episode a very wise friend told me that other people’s business was not my business. I felt insulted that he bothered to tell me such an obvious thing. He then said that what other people thought about me was not my business. Harder but still not earth shattering. He then went on to say that what I thought was not really my business either, which has kept me puzzled ever since. I have come to believe that I am at my best and that it is a beautiful world when my feelings are like the weather and that what I think is not my business.

This is the same approach I try to take, to observe my inner strangeness as if from the outside. And this is how writing helps, because I write it down, which sharpens my focus and enables me to view it more clearly.

Nov 25, 2010

Black Friday and Cyber Thanksgiving Deals and How to Buy Presents for Men

The explanation I had always heard for the term "Black Friday" that this was the time of the year that retailers were finally "in the black" (making a profit) rather than "in the red" (still paying off their investments and overhead).

Let's just think about that for a moment. From January to November, that's eleven months spent in the red. Even if your fiscal year starts in March or June (as some do), that's still quite a few months in the red.

I don't know if this is accurate or not. But it does make me feel a little better about still being "in the red" myself vis-a-vis my book. My fiscal year, so to speak, only started at the end of October. If you'd like a good Thanksgiving read, or something to enjoy while waiting in line with your kindle on Black Friday, you can click on my anthology Conmergence: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction or one of the other great books on the side of my page. I'm still trying to reach my own personal Black Friday moment. :)

Now let's talk about something completely different, how to buy presents for men.

Every year I put a lot of thought into buying a present for my husband and every year it is a complete and utter bust. This year will be no different. The problem is that the only thing he wants are geeky tech toys, and he only wants them if they are on sale for crazy low prices, and he is the only one able to (a) know what version/brand/ram/whatever is the EXACT AND ONLY one that he wants, and (b) what price is low enough to be a GOOD price. If I buy him the wrong thing and/or at the wrong price, it just makes him miserable, and this is not the purpose of a present.

He doesn't make it easy for me either. For instance, this year, he wanted something I could have managed to order: a Nook. Yes, the one electronic gadget I know something about, an e-reader. So what does he do? He bought for himself and it arrived yesterday.

Then he mentioned, casually, that he wanted Apple TV. And yes, you guessed it, told me he had ordered it already. Um, thanks.

Now, I've tried other types of things. Tools. Clothes. A candy-pooping moose. Once I bought him tickets to Wicked. When he objected that we couldn't afford that, especially for THOSE seats, I proudly showed him the receipt showing the wonderful deal I'd found. He was happy that I'd started to think frugally. It seemed like this gift would be a winner.

We forgot to go.

Knowing we had an opportunity, and spent the money, and blew it, upsets me to this day, more so than if I hadn't ever bought the tickets. (The human mind is strange that way.) So I will never do that again.

This is getting frustrating to me. If I buy him tools, he doesn't use them, if I buy him clothes, he doesn't wear them, if books, he doesn't read them. He didn't even eat the candy from the pooping moose.

So this year, I bought him... sheets. That's sad, I know. "Hey, honey, I love you! Here's sheets!"

Sad.

I found a good deal on Amazon (75% off). I know I can post it here, because my husband does not read my blog. (I am trusting the discretion of those of you in my family who do read the blog not to mention it to him.



My reasoning is this: (a) we need new sheets, and (b) I know he will use the sheets because I am the one who makes the bed.

Does anyone else have this problem? What gifts do you get for the person, not who has everything, but is nonetheless very, very hard to buy presents for?

Nov 23, 2010

Pathfinder - Booktrailer of the Day



Orson Scott Card. What can I say? The name is pretty much the sell here, isn't it? So the trailer is smooth and professional, and though it has motion, mostly stays out of the way of just letting you know the author of Ender's Game has a new book out.

Nov 16, 2010

How Your Book Is Like a Banana

I've been reading Dean Wesley Smith's blog about publishing, and the Velocity of Sales vs The Long Tail. Traditionally, your book was sold as though it were a banana:

Now, understand, in a grocery store, produce is put out to be sold quickly and then is replaced before it spoils.

Over the last twenty plus years publishers and bookstores put out books and then yanked them quickly as if a book would spoil in a week or two. They treated books exactly the same as produce. And guess what, just as with produce in a grocery story, if a book didn’t sell, it was tossed away, destroyed.

This practice has become so bad that often a book will be deemed out of print within a month of the release date because it didn’t have the orders the sales force was expecting. Or it didn’t have the number of projected sales in the first week or so. Of course, it won’t officially go out of print until all the warehouse stock is gone, but it will have a do-not-reprint order on the book from almost week one.

But the one thing modern publishers and big bookstore have forgotten:

Books don’t spoil.

Treating books like bananas has resulted in a lot of lost book sales, canceled series and even ruined authorial careers. (It also explains why I couldn't find all of the books of his wife's Fey series.)

He concludes:

So what’s happening outside of traditional publishing?

Basically, a huge wave is happening. Many, many authors are figuring this new model out. Many, many small publishers are figuring this out, publishers who can turn their ships quickly. Many small publishers are springing into life to fill this void with a new business model and help writers.

...And as an old time writer, I haven’t been this excited in thirty years about writing new stuff. It’s a great time to be a writer. Finally our work will no longer be treated as produce and any reader who wants to find a story will be able to find it. Even twenty or thirty years from now.


On a related note, Ian Fleming's James Bond E-Books will bypass the print publisher. It's been predicted for a while now that Big Name Authors would figure out they could do better going straight to the source.

"Penguin accepted long ago that they didn't have the digital rights. Of course they wanted to do it, but why would we? With a brand like ours, people are looking for the books anyway, so the publicity and marketing will happen. It also gives us greater clarity of sales, which books are selling and where. We are very lucky to have such a big brand."

Indeed.

Free Writing Book

Hey, you can get the ebook Writing For Dummies for free on Amazon.

Nov 8, 2010

Does NaNoWriMo Create Too Many Bad Books? Or, a Manifesto on the New Social Literacy

Does NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) encourage a glut of crappy books that would be better off unwritten?

Laura Miller wrote a now infamous article at Salon:

Nothing about NaNoWriMo suggests that it's likely to produce more novels I'd want to read. (That said, it has generated one hit, and a big one: "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, who apparently took the part about revision to heart.) The last thing the world needs is more bad books. But even if every one of these 30-day novelists prudently slipped his or her manuscript into a drawer, all the time, energy and resources that go into the enterprise strike me as misplaced.

Here's why: NaNoWriMo is an event geared entirely toward writers, which means it's largely unnecessary. When I recently stumbled across a list of promotional ideas for bookstores seeking to jump on the bandwagon, true dismay set in. "Write Your Novel Here" was the suggested motto for an in-store NaNoWriMo event. It was yet another depressing sign that the cultural spaces once dedicated to the selfless art of reading are being taken over by the narcissistic commerce of writing.

...Frankly, there are already more than enough novels out there -- more than those of us who still read novels could ever get around to poking our noses into, even when it's our job to do so. This is not to say that I don't hope that more novels will be written, particularly by the two dozen-odd authors whose new books I invariably snatch up with a suppressed squeal of excitement. (Actually, there are more of those novels than I'll ever be able to read, as well.) Furthermore, I know that there are still undiscovered or unpublished authors out there whose work I will love if I ever manage to find it. But I'm confident those novels would still get written even if NaNoWriMo should vanish from the earth.

Yet while there's no shortage of good novels out there, there is a shortage of readers for these books. Even authors who achieve what probably seems like Nirvana to the average NaNoWriMo participant -- publication by a major house -- will, for the most part, soon learn this dispiriting truth: Hardly anyone will read their books and next to no one will buy them.

So I'm not worried about all the books that won't get written if a hundred thousand people with a nagging but unfulfilled ambition to Be a Writer lack the necessary motivation to get the job done. I see no reason to cheer them on.

I love her article because it's like those 19th Century sermons justifying slavery. It's so full of wrong-headed nonsense that it's downright inspiring.

The first question that comes to mind is, even if NaNoWriMo filled the world with books, so what? As Nerdshares asked,

Is it sad that Twilight exists? I don’t know. I don’t like it. I think it’s legitimately an awful piece of work, but I also don’t know that I’d feel comfortable telling Stephenie Meyer to stick her manuscripts in a drawer because it’s no good so why try? (I think because this, which Laura Miller doesn’t seem to understand, is what we would call being an asshole.)


And Carolyn Kellogg provided an excellent point by point rejoinder.

But I think Pop Matters addressed the condescension best.

Miller seems to suggest that it’s wrong to encourage the idea that everybody can and should write (particularly, she argues, since writers will insist on doing it anyway), but by that logic you may as well not encourage everyone to read either. That was received wisdom of much of Miller’s counterparts in the pundit class of the 18th century, when it was widely believed that dimwit readers and their vulgar tastes were leading to the destruction of the world of letters.

So why do we keep hearing that there are too many books? If it's not NaNo that's being derided, it's some other phenomena, like the Kindle. Dana Gioia and Jonathan Franzen are fretting that an ereader like the Kindle, "will not make a significant positive impact, however well it does business-wise.” Franzen thinks you can read travel books on the Kindle, but not Kafka. (Which is weird, because I thought Kafka wrote travel books. Something about touring castles? Or maybe it was penal colonies? Anyway, I read Kafka while I was touring Europe, and it sure would have helped to have it on my Kindle. And in English.)

Or alternatively, it's self-publishing that is blamed for an anticipated tsunami of awful books. Oh my goodness, that was Laura Miller in Salon also. "Again, these developments are in many ways great for authors. Readers, however, may be in for a serious case of slush fatigue."

But Miller isn't the only one desperate to save readers from being overwhelmed by having too much to read. In a great article on a completely different subject (the lost art of rejection letters -- it's really interesting!) Bill Morris suddenly and inexplicably declares:

We need fewer books, and better ones; we need more readers, and smarter ones. And I believe the former would lead to the latter.

I couldn't disagree more.

An individual does not become a good writer by writing less, but by writing more, by writing and writing and writing. It's said that you have to write a million words of dreck before you can master the craft. If that's true of writers in the singular, why wouldn't it be true of writers in the plural? Why wouldn't it be true of a civilization?

Countries that win the Olympics year after year are countries that have the most athletes practicing those sports, not just at the Olympic level but across the board. Thousands and thousands of amateur athletes are needed if a country is to produce just a few gold-medalists.

The same is true of inventions. You don't just invent the airplane by favoring only one or two of the smartest inventors. You have as many inventors, smart and moronic and everything in between, striving to fly. They learn from each other and they compete with each other and they spur each other on. Soon you're flying.

If every person in the world wrote a book, that would be awesome, wouldn't it? I think it would. The very people who are the least likely to write a book are holding secret inside them some of the books I would most like to read. The African mother who would, if she could, leave a story for her child before she dies of AIDS and leaves the child an orphan. The Russian dude who could tell me what it's really like to go from working for the KGB to an independent mafia. And then there are all the imagined worlds which I can't even imagine because only someone else could. I wish I could read those books. Why don't Miller and Morris?

I think they fear more books because a couple of different issues are operating here.

(1) No one reader can read everything. People who have an obsessive-compulsive desire to read every book ever written (I really sympathize with this) can find it frustrating that the task is already IMPOSSIBLE but just keeps getting more so because darn authors keep writing more. Just look at the number of books selling more than 100,000 copies I listed in a previous post. Have you read all of those? Neither have I.

(2) If you are an author (as Miller, Morris, Franzen etc. are) then all those new books being written during NaNo, published through Smashwords and read on ereaders are COMPETITION. Of course authors don't want more competition. Even though Konrath claims it's not a competition. Readers are finite, with finite reading time. It's hard not to worry that with so many other good books out there, ours would get overlooked.

Notice that the real problem, then, is not that there might be too many BAD books out there. The problem is that there might be too many GOOD books out there. There are wonderful books you won't have time to read. That is heartbreaking, isn't? And someone else might have written a much, much better book than you. In fact, probably hundreds of authors have written better books than you.

And yet, there is one more important truth:

No one but you can write your book.

Unlike Miller, I think that would be a loss. Because unlike the naysayers, who think literate culture is on the brink of self-implosion, I think we are in the midst of a wonderful renaissance of literature. Historians centuries from now will look back on our era and marvel at the burst of creativity. They will point to the huge number of novels, both horrendous and gorgeous, the flurry of interest ordinary people, not even professional writers, are taking in learning how to write novels, the communities, like NaNoWriMo (but not limited to it) that have sprung up to make writing novels a social activity.

Let me repeat that... writing novels is a social activity. Look, that is astonishing. Hey, let's be friends: we'll all write 50,000 words expressing our deepest feelings in the form of a story and share it with one another. This is art; this is friendship; this is community; this is amazing. I love human beings for doing this.

We are not becoming an illiterate culture. We are becoming more imbricated with the written word than ever. Our daily social lives revolve around the written word more than ever before. No wonder more people than ever, not less, are reading.

Do let us share our novels with one another. Do let us buy the books our friends write, and read them, and write about them, and be inspired by them. Do let us create a community of the written word to communicate our soul aches and heart breaks and dream aims through the secret language of story -- both the oldest and now the newest way to share with one another.

Nov 7, 2010

Amazon Sells the Nook



Amazon sells the Nook -- one of the lead rivals for their own Kindle. For $223. New from Barnes & Noble, the Nook is $149. What is going on here? Is it a sneaky way for Amazon to suggest to casual searchers that the Nook is a lot more expensive than the Kindle? Or is it just because it's from a third party vendor? But why does a third party vendor thing they can sell the Nook for so much?

Weird.

Nov 6, 2010

How Many Authors Sold How Many Books in 2009

Hardcover Fiction Sales, 2009

1. The Lost Symbol: A Novel. Dan Brown. Doubleday (5,543,643).
2. *The Associate: A Novel. John Grisham. Doubleday.
3. The Help. Kathryn Stockett. Putnam/Amy Einhorn (1,104,617).
4. I, Alex Cross. James Patterson. Little, Brown (1,040,976).
5. The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks. Grand Central (1,032,829).
6. *Ford County. John Grisham. Doubleday.
7. Finger Lickin' Fifteen. Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's (977,178).
8. The Host: A Novel. Stephenie Meyer. Little, Brown (912,165).
9. *Under the Dome. Stephen King. Scribner
10. Pirate Latitudes. Michael Crichton. Harper (855,638).
11. Scarpetta. Patricia Cornwell. Putnam (800,000).
12. U Is for Undertow. Sue Grafton. Putnam (706,154).
13. The Scarpetta Factor. Patricia Cornwell. Putnam (705,000).
14. Shadowland. Alyson Noel. St. Martin's (609,355).
15. The 8th Confession. James Patterson. Little, Brown (606,097).
16. Arctic Drift. Clive Cussler with Dirk Cussler. Putnam (588,247).
17. South of Broad: A Novel. Pat Conroy. Doubleday (565,156).
18. Run for Your Life. James Patterson. Little, Brown (557,356).
19.True Blue. David Baldacci. Grand Central. (555,296).
20. Swimsuit. James Patterson. Little, Brown (553,138).
21. *Pursuit of Honor: A Novel. Vince Flynn. Atria.
22. Alex Cross's Trial. James Patterson. Little, Brown (517,171).
23. Black Hills. Nora Roberts. Putnam (502,000).
24. Breathless: A Novel. Dean Koontz. Bantam (500,964).
25. Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Ace (500,135).
26. Southern Lights: A Novel. Danielle Steel. Delacorte (497,140).
27. First Family. David Baldacci. Grand Central 447,484).
28. The Gathering Storm: Book 12 of the Wheel of Time. Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Tor (437, 474).
29. The Wrecker. Clive Cussler. Putnam (387,309).
30. *Just Take My Heart. Mary Higgins Clark. S&S.
Nine Dragons. Michael Connelly. Little, Brown (356,490).
An Echo in the Bone: A Novel. Diana Gabaldon. Delacorte (347,081).
*Handle with Care: A Novel. Jodi Picoult. Atria.
One Day at a Time. Danielle Steel. Delacorte (344,079).
The Girl Who Played with Fire. Stieg Larsson. Knopf (336,534).
The Lacuna. Barbara Kingsolver. Harper (321,980).
Matters of the Heart. Danielle Steel. Delacorte (315,640).
Kindred in Death. J.D. Robb. Putnam (315,000).
*The Secret. Rhonda Byrne. Atria.
Promises in Death. J.D. Robb. Putnam (305,000).
The Defector. Daniel Silva. Putnam (298,343).
The Scarecrow. Michael Connelly. Little, Brown (288,998).
A Touch of Dead. Charlaine Harris. Ace (270,002).
*Half Broke Horses. Jeannette Walls. Scribner.
Bad Moon Rising. Sherrilyn Kenyon. St. Martin's (252,180).
Long Lost. Harlan Cooper. Harper (250,839).
Relentless: A Novel. Dean Koontz. Bantam (250,278).
Wicked Prey. John Sandford. Putnam (249,028).
*Best Friends Forever: A Novel. Jennifer Weiner. Atria.
Gone Tomorrow. Lee Child. Delacorte (245,639).
*Her Fearful Symmetry. Audrey Niffeneggar. Scribner.
Spartan Gold. Clive Cussler. Putnam (231,808).
Medusa. Clive Cussler. Putnam (229,784).
Corsair. Clive Cussler. Putnam (229,049).
Knock Out: An FBI Thriller. Catherine Coulter. Putnam (227,487).
Shanghai Girls: A Novel. Lisa See. Random (225,359).
The Doomsday Key. James Rollins. William Morrow (225,026).
Christmas Secret. Donna Van Liere. St. Martin's (216,773).
*The Christmas List. Richard Paul Evans. S&S.
Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel. John Irving. Random (214,712).
*Smash Cut. Sandra Brown. S&S.
Twenties Girl: A Novel. Sophie Kinsella. Dial (209,661).
Wishin' and Hopin'. Wally Lamb. Harper (207,260).
Deadlock. Iris Johansen. St. Martin's (206,836).
The Paris Vendetta: A Novel. Steve Berry. Ballantine (204,501).
Rough Country. John Sandford. Putnam (203,202).
The Perfect Christmas. Debbie Macomber. Harlequin (200,227).
Black Ops. W.E.B. Griffin. Putnam (198,586).
Altar of Eden. James Rollins. William Morrow (196,734).
Blood Game. Iris Johansen. St. Martin's (195,769).
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Deception. Eric Van Lustbader. Grand Central (195,029).
The Strain. Guillermo Del Toro. William Morrow (191,627).
Deeper than Dead. Tami Hoag. Penguin (185,936).
True Colors. Kristin Hannah. St. Martin's (185,658).
*The White Queen. Philippa Gregory. Touchstone Fireside.
Paths of Glory. Jeffrey Archer. St. Martin's (183,418).
Evidence: An Alex Delaware Novel. Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine (182,958).
Sizzle: A Novel. Julie Garwood. Ballantine (182,010).
Look Again. Lisa Scottoline. St. Martin's (180,175).
Summer on Blossom Street. Debbie Macomber. Harlequin (173,694).
Rainwater. Sandra Brown. S&S.
The Christmas Sweater. Glenn Beck. Threshold.
Heart and Soul. Maeve Binchy. Knopf (167,755).
Divine Misdemeanors: A Novel. Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (166,102).
That Old Cape Magic. Richard Russo. Knopf (164,437).
Angel Time. Anne Rice. Knopf (153,520).
Skin Trade. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (153,004).
Cemetery Dance. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Grand Central. (148,804).
Dune Road. Jane Green. Viking (148,570).
*The Apostle: A Thriller. Brad Thor. Atria.
Fool. Christopher Moore. William Morrow (146,098).
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon (144,439).
The Honor of Spies. W.E.B. Griffin. Putnam (141,050).
Storm Cycle. Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen. St. Martin's (140,817).
Heat Wave. Richard Castle. Hyperion (140,110).
Return to Sullivans Island. Christopher Moore. William Morrow. (139,020).
Ice: A Novel. Linda Howard. Ballantine (138,126).
Loitering with Intent. Stuart Woods. Putnam (136,381).
White Witch, Black Curse. Kim Harrison. Eos. (135,659).
Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel. Kate Jacobs. Putnam (135,329).
True Detectives: A Novel. Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine (132,403).
The Angel's Game: A Novel. Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Doubleday (131,509).
Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game. Sidney Sheldon. William Morrow. (131,405).
Hothouse Orchid. Stuart Woods. Putnam (130,426).
*206 Bones. Kathy Reichs. Scribner.
No Less than Victory: A Novel of World War II. Jeff Shaara. Ballantine (125,221).
Lover Avenged: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. J.R. Ward. NAL (125,126).
Blindman's Bluff. Faye Kellerman. William Morrow. (124,110).
Guardian of Lies. Steve Martini. William Morrow. (123,393).
Second Opinion. Michael Palmer. St. Martin's (123,166).
The Professional. Robert B. Parker. Putnam (122,593).
Dark Slayer. Christine Feehan. Berkley (121,082).
*Devil's Punchbowl. Greg Iles. Scribner.
The Neighbor. Lisa Gardner. Bantam (120,555).
The Year of the Flood: A Novel. Margaret Atwood. Doubleday (120,249).
Malice. Lisa Jackson. Kensington. (120,000)
The Book of Genesis Illustrated. R. Crumb. Norton (119,914).
Fried Up: Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy. Jayne Ann Krentz. Putnam (118,775).
Don't Look Twice. Andrew Gross. William Morrow. (117,239).
Pygmy. Chuck Palahniuk. Doubleday (117,202).
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Katherine Howe. Voice (116,217).
*Divine Soul Mind Body Healing and Transmission System Special Edition: The Divine Way to Heal You, Humanity, Mother Earth, and All Universes. Zhi Gang Sha. Atria.
Turn Coat: A Novel of the Dresden Files. Jim Butcher. Roc (115,111).
A Change in Altitude: A Novel. Anita Shreve. Little, Brown (113,518).
Fire and Ice. J.A. Jance. William Morrow. (112,453).
*Roadside Crosses. Jeffery Deaver. S&S.
*Nanny Returns: A Novel. Emma McLaughlin. Atria.
*Days of Gold: A Novel. Jude Deveraux. Atria.
Night and Day. Robert B. Parker. Putnam (110,678).
New York: The Novel. Edward Rutherford. Doubleday (110,022).
Mr. and Miss Anonymous. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (110,000)
Fatally Flaky. Diane Mott Davidson. William Morrow. (108,369).
First Lord's Fury. Jim Butcher. Ace (108,105).
Homer & Langley: A Novel. E.L. Doctorow. Random (105,265).
What I Did for Love. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. William Morrow. (105,199).
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Dial (104,284).
Burn: A Novel. Linda Howard. Ballantine (102,258).
The Disciple. Stephen Coonts. St. Martin's (100,272).
Prayers for Sale. Sandra Dallas. St. Martin's (100,202).
To Try Men's Souls. Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen. St. Martin's/Dunne (100,099).


Mass Market

2,000,000+

The Associate: A Novel. John Grisham. Rep. Dell (2,150,227).

1,000,000+

Cross Country. James Patterson. Grand Central (1,275,888).
Sail. James Patterson. Grand Central (1,251,364).
Tribute. Nora Roberts. Rep. Jove. (1,250,361).
Fearless Fourteen. Janet Evanovich. Rep. St. Martin's (1,200,000).
The Quickie. James Patterson. Grand Central. (1,167,569).
Scarpetta. Patricia Cornwell. Rep. Berkley (1,130,248).
The Whole Truth. David Baldacci. Grand Central (1,109,543).
Divine Justice. David Baldacci. Grand Central (1,021,344).
Sooner or Later. Debbie Macomber. Avon (1,000,000).
Mrs. Miracle. Debbie Macomber. Avon (1,000,000).
Dark Summer. Iris Johansen. Rep. St. Martin's (1,000,000).

750,000+

7th Heaven. James Patterson. Grand Central (994,030).
The Front. Patricia Cornwell. Rep. Berkley (915,192).
Sundays at Tiffany's. James Patterson. Grand Central (911,511).
Your Heart Belong to Me: A Novel. Dean Koontz. Rep. Bantam (887,394).
From Dead to Worse: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (877,000).
The Choice. Nicholas Sparks. Grand Central. (870,116).
The Grand Finale. Janet Evanovich. Harper (850,000).
TailSpin. Catherine Coulter. Rep. Jove (840,210).
*Where Are You Now?: A Novel. Mary Higgins Clark. Rep. Pocket.
Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (802,469).
Plum Spooky. Janet Evanovich. Rep. St. Martin's (800,000).
The Last Oracle. James Rollins. Harper (800,000).
Deadlock. Iris Johansen. Rep. St. Martin's (780,000).

500,000+

The Brass Verdict. Michael Connelly. Grand Central (768,417).
The Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (759,982).
Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (750,388).
A Good Woman: A Novel. Danielle Steel. Rep. Dell (733,557).
The Lovely Bones (movie tie-in ed.). Alice Sebold. Little, Brown. (734,835).
Heat Lightning. John Sandford. Rep. Berkley (730,260).
Definitely Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (730,013).
Silent Thunder. Iris and Roy Johansen. Rep. St. Martin's (725,000).
*Smoke Screen: A Novel. Sandra Brown. Rep. Pocket.
Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (728,144).
*Angels & Demons. Dan Brown. Movie tie-in. Rep. Pocket.
Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. TV tie-in. Rep. Ace (700,516).
Phantom Prey. John Sandford. Rep. Berkley (700,191).
What Happens in London. Julia Quinn. Avon (700,000).
Honor Thyself. Danielle Steel. Rep. Dell (693,368).
Hold Tight. Harlan Coben. Rep. Signet (690,107).
Rogue. Danielle Steel. Rep. Dell (677,658).
92 Pacific Boulevard. Debbie Macomber. Mira (677,373).
*My Sister's Keeper: A Novel. Jodi Picoult. Movie tie-in. Rep. Pocket.
Fire and Ice: A Novel. Julie Garwood. Rep. Ballantine (655,836).
All Together Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (655,046).
The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel. Steve Berry. Rep. Ballantine (651,373).
Chosen to Die. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (650,000)
Dear John. Nicholas Sparks. Grand Central. (645,978).
*Devil's Punchbowl: A Novel. Greg Iles. Rep. Pocket.
Promises in Death. J.D. Robb. Rep. Berkley (635,372).
Salvation in Death. J.D. Robb. Rep. Berkley (631,019).
While My Sister Sleeps. Barbara Delinsky. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (629,027).
The Untamed Bride. Stephanie Laurens. Avon (625,000).
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction. Eric Van Lustbader. Grand Central. (615,719).
Plague Ship. Clive Cussler. Rep. Berkley (615,222).
*Lavender Morning. Jude Deveraux. Rep. Pocket.
The Road. Cormac McCarthy. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (605,322).
Odd Hours. Dean Koontz. Rep. Bantam (601,757).
*Just After Sunset: Stories. Stephen King. Rep. Pocket.
Final Justice. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (600,000).
Lost Souls. Lisa Jackson. Kensington. (600,000)
Razor Sharp. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (600,000)
The Book of Lies. Brad Meltzer. Grand Central. (593,330).
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Dead & Alive: A Novel. Dean Koontz. Orig. Bantam (582,809).
*Dashing Through the Snow. Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Rep. Pocket.
Shutter Island. Dennis Lehane. Harper. (575,000).
Dream Warrior. Sherrilyn Kenyon. Orig. St. Martin's (575,000).
Arctic Drift. Clive Cussler. Rep. Berkley (570,448).
Under the Radar. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (570,000)
Say Goodbye. Lisa Gardner. Rep. Bantam (568,515).
Living Dead in Dallas: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel. Charlaine Harris. Rep. Ace (557,282).
Up Close and Personal. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (550,000)
Snow Angels. Fern Michaels at al. Kensington. (550,000)
True Detectives: A Novel. Jonathan Kellerman. Rep. Ballantine (547,097).
The Treasure: A Novel. Iris Johansen. Rep. Bantam (540,413).
The Mercedes Coffin. Faye Kellerman. Harper (525,000).
Born of Fire. Sherrilyn Kenyon. Orig. St. Martin's (525,000).
Married in Seattle. Debbie Macomber. Mira (520,291).
Shadow of Power. Steve Martini. Harper (520,000).
Right Next Door. Debbie Macomber. Mira (515,992).
Tempt Me at Twilight. Lisa Kleypas. Orig. St. Martin's (515,000).
Where the Heart Lies. Stephanie Laurens. Avon (515,000).
Charmed & Enchanted. Nora Roberts. Silhouette (511,177).
Damage Control. J.A. Jance. Harper (510,000).
Executive Privilege. Phillip Margolin. Harper (510,000).
The Law of Love. Nora Roberts. Silhouette (509,464).
Twenty Wishes. Debbie Macomber. Mira (507,438).
Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel. Jonathan Kellerman. Rep. Ballantine (505,216).
Mastered by Love. Stephanie Laurens. Avon (505,000).
Born of Night. Sherrilyn Kenyon. Orig. St. Martin's (505,000).
The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane. Nora Roberts. Silhouette (504,277).
Terminal Freeze. Lincoln Child. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (501,607).
Fireside. Susan Wiggs. Mira (501,392).
Loitering with Intent. Stuart Woods. Rep. Signet (500,138).
Hidden Currents. Christine Feehan. Orig. Jove (500,044).
Worth the Risk. Nora Roberts. Silhouette (500,040).
Wicked Game. Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. Kensington. (500,000)
Temptation and Surrender. Stephanie Laurens. Avon (500,000).
Born of Ice. Sherrilyn Kenyon. Orig. St. Martin's (500,000).
The Dark Tide. Andrew Gross. Avon (500,000).

Trade Paperbacks

1,000,000+


The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity. William P. Young. Orig. Windblown (3,595,467).
*Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, inspired by Thomas Paine. Glenn Beck. Rep. Threshold.
The Time Traveler's Wife. Audrey Niffenegger. Rep. HMH (1,456,771).
Push. Sapphire. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (1,269,650).
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Rep. Dial (1,105,469).
Vision in White. Nora Roberts. Orig. Berkley (1,100,427).

750,000+

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time. Greg Mortenson. Penguin (973,280).
Bed of Roses. Nora Roberts. Orig. Berkley (950,024).
Eat This, Not That! Supermarkets. David Zinczenko. Rodale (950,000).
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Quirk (794,333).
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Stieg Larsson. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (777,382).

500,000+

Say You're One of Them. Uwem Akpan. Back Bay. (708,033).
Olive Kitteridge. Elizabeth Strout. Rep. Random (702,993).
The Blindside: Evolution of a Game. Michael Lewis. Movie tie-in. Norton (676,645).
What to Expect When You're Expecting. Heidi Murkoff. Revised. Workman (670,595).
The Lucky One. Nicholas Sparks. Rep. Grand Central (628,127).
The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Gary Chapman. Reissue. Northfield (626,238).
The Road. Cormac McCarthy. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (614,879).
Sunday at Tiffany's. James Patterson. Rep. Grand Central (608,597).
Hungry Girl 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories. Lisa Lillien. Orig. St. Martin's (600,000).
7th Heaven. James Patterson. Rep. Grand Central (582,269).
Sarah's Key. Tatiana de Rosnay. Rep. St. Martin's (575,000).
*My Sister's Keeper (movie tie-in ed.). Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press.
Love the One You're With. Emily Giffin. Rep. St. Martin's (500,000).

300,000+

My Life in France. Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (497,731).
*America's Most Wanted Recipes. Ron Douglas. Atria.
Blink. Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay. (476,532).
Firefly Lane. Kristin Hannah. Rep. St. Martin's (475,000).
Julie & Julia (movie tie-in ed.). Julie Powell. Back Bay. (472,790).
Eat This, Not That! 2010. David Zinczenko. Rodale (450,000).
The Alchemist. Paulo Coehlo. HarperOne (450,000+).
The Reader. Bernhard Schlink. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (449,947).
The Lovely Bones (movie tie-in ed.). Alice Sebold. Back Bay (437,397).
The Tipping Point. Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay. (434,339).
*Handle with Care. Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press.
The Lovely Bones. Alice Sebold. Back Bay (400,523).
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. Tucker Max. Kensington. (400,000).
When You Are Engulfed in Flames. David Sedaris. Back Bay. (394,613).
Cook This, Not That. David Zinczenko. Rodale (385,000).
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia. Elizabeth Gilbert. Penguin (365,831).
Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck. Penguin (365,502).
Unaccustomed Earth. Jhumpa Lahiri. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (362,055).
*The Glass Castle: A Memoir. Jeannette Walls. Rep. Scribner.
Eat This, Not That Restaurants. David Zinczenko. Rodale (355,000).
Run for Your Life. James Patterson. Rep. Grand Central (347,074).
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Barack Obama. Rep. Crown (338,672).
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make. Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Orig. HMH (334,074).
City of Thieves. David Benioff. Rep. Plume (333,675).
*My Sister's Keeper. Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press.
What to Expect the First Year. Heidi Murkoff. Revised. Workman (326,615).
More Diners, More Drive-ins & Dives. Guy Fieri. Morrow Cookbooks. (325,790).
The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Muriel Barbery, trans. by Alison Anderson. Europa (315,665).
Dear John. Nicholas Sparks. Media tie-in. Rep. Grand Central (312,719).
Testimony. Anita Shreve. Back Bay (308,019).
Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent. Nelson (304,559).

250,000+

Into the Wild. Jon Krakauer. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (299,147).
Rachael Ray's Book of Ten: More Than 300 Recipes to Cook Every Day. Rachael Ray. Orig. Crown (293,985).
A Summer Affair. Anita Shreve. Back Bay. (291,920).
The House on Mango Street. Sandra Cisneros. Orig. Vintage/Anchor (284,025).
Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat. Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Orig. Crown (281,504).
Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. Devin Alexander and Melissa Roberson. Rodale (280,000).
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection for the Living Dead. Max Brooks. Orig. Crown (277,357)
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands. Chelsea Handler. Bloomsbury (275,000).
The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini. Rep. Riverhead (272,273).
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Michael Pollan. Penguin (265,003).
Biggest Loser 30 Day Jumpstart. Cheryl Forberg, Melissa Roberson, and Lisa Wheeler. Rodale (265,000).
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle. Rep. New World Library (262,101).
The Secret. Beverly Lewis. Bethany House (260,661).
Diners, Drive-in & Dives. Guy Fieri. Morrow Cookbooks. (259,955).
The Piano Teacher: A Novel. Janice Y.K. Lee. Penguin (258,779).
The Beach House. Jane Green. Rep. Plume (257,427).
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Junot Díaz. Rep. Riverhead (254,742).
American Wife: A Novel. Curtis Sittenfeld. Rep. Random (252,697).
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Michael Pollan. Penguin (252,185).
The Weight of Silence. Heather Gudenkauf. Harlequin (251, 221).
A Thousand Splendid Suns. Khaled Hosseini. Rep. Riverhead (250,086).
Revolutionary Road. Richard Yates. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (251,338).
Our Choice. Al Gore. Rodale (250,000).
Flat Belly Diet Pocket Guide. Liz Vaccariello. Rodale (250,000).

100,000+

*An Inconvenient Book: Real World Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems. Glenn Beck. Rep. Threshold.
Audition. Barbara Walters. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (239,660).
Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (238,527).
The Middle Place. Kelly Corrigan. Rep. Voice (237,662).
The Gate House. Nelson DeMille. Rep. Grand Central (237,052).
This Side of Heaven: A Novel. Karen Kingsbury. Orig. Center Street (235,938).
The Missing. Beverly Lewis. Bethany House (234,865).
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (231,719).
Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes. Lifetime Television. Orig. Voice (228,574).
Chances. Nora Roberts. Harlequin (222,575).
Knit Two. Kate Jacobs. Rep. Berkley (220,069).
In the Woods. Tana French. Penguin (219,138).
The Secret Life of Bees. Sue Monk Kidd. Penguin (210,768).
Water for Elephants. Sara Gruen. Algonquin (203,000).
The Shadow of the Wind. Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Penguin (202,856).
Likeness: A Novel. Tana French. Penguin (202,762).
*Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting. Bethenny Frankel. Touchstone Fireside.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Max Brooks. Rep. Crown (199,435).
A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry. Rep. Vintage/Anchor (197,057).
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Jamie Ford. Rep. Ballantine (195,241).
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of theF.B.I. Bryan Burrough. Penguin (191,937).
Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You. Jillian Michaels. Rep. Crown (190,764).
*Certain Girls. Jennifer Weiner. Washington Square Press.
Midnight Sons, Vol. 1. Debbie Macmober. Harlequin (186,893).
Netherland. Joseph O'Neill. Vintage/Anchor. (185,479)
People of the Book: A Novel. Geraldine Brooks. Penguin (184,301).
The Inaugural Address, 2009: Together with Abraham Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses and the Gettysburg Address and Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance. Barack Obama. Penguin (180,862).
The Friday Night Knitting Club. Kate Jacobs. Rep. Berkley (180,328).
Wolf Hall: A Novel. Hilary Mantel. Holt (180,000).
*Nineteen Minutes. Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press.
Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind. Joyce Meyer. Orig. Faith Words (178,899).
Comfort Food. Kate Jacobs. Rep. Berkley (175,159).
Flat Belly Diet. Liz Vaccariello. Rodale (175,000).
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Jon Meachum. Rep. Random (172,043).
I Am America (and So Can You!). Stephen Colbert. Rep. Grand Central (170,819).
The Senator's Wife. Sue Miller. Vintage/Anchor (170,607).
Biggest Loser Simple Swaps. Cheryl Forberg and Melissa Roberson. Rodale (170,000).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Mark Haddon. Vintage/Anchor (169,587).
The Devil in the White City. Erik Larson. Vintage/Anchor (167,549).
A Mercy. Toni Morrison. Vintage/Anchor (166,349).
*Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea. Chelsea Handler. Rep. Simon Spotlight.
The Miracle Ball Method. Elaine Petrone. Orig. Workman (165,956).
Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World. Lisa Lillien. Orig. St. Martin's (165,000).
*The White Tiger: A Novel. Aravind Adiga. Rep. Free Press.
Loving Frank: A Novel. Nancy Horan. Rep. Ballantine (162,460).
Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America. Thomas L. Friedman. Reissue. Picador (160,000).
South Beach Diet Supercharged. Arthur Agatston. Rep. St. Martin's (160,000).
The Cake Mix Doctor Returns! Anne Byrn. Orig. Workman (159,629).
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Steven P. Shelov and Tanya Remer Altmann. Rep. Bantam (158,080).
*Chasing Harry Winston: A Novel. Lauren Weisberger. Rep. Pocket.
The 19th Wife: A Novel. David Ebershoff. Rep. Random (151,212).
The Scoop. Fern Michaels. Kensington. (150,000)
Girls in Trucks. Katie Crouch. Back Bay (149,883).
Barefoot. Elin Hilderbrand. Back Bay (146,892).
Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand. Rep. Plume (148,695).
The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Alexander McCall Smith. Vintage/Anchor (148,032).
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Jill Bolte Taylor. Rep. Plume (146,224).
Fireproof. Eric Wilson, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick. Thomas Nelson (146,106).
Lone Survivor. Marcus Luttrell. Back Bay (145,257).
The Other Queen. Philippa Gregory. Touchstone Fireside.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter. Orig. Grand Central (142,621).
The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Kim Edwards. Penguin (141,490).
The Soloist: A Lost Dream. An Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. Steve Lopez. Movie tie-in. Rep. Berkley (140,156).
Home: A Novel. Marilynne Robinson. Rep. Picador (140,000).
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. Michael Pollan (138,770).
Up in the Air. Walter Kirn. Vintage/Anchor (137,062).
Me Talk Pretty One Day. David Sedaris. Back Bay (136,012).
The Stranger. Albert Camus. Vintage/Anchor (135,434).
*Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day. Joel Osteen. Rep. Free Press.
The Monster of Florence. Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi. Rep. Grand Central (134,690).
The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Mitch Albom. Rep. Hyperion (132,154).
The Reef. Nora Roberts. Reissue. Berkley (130,225).
Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father. Augusten Burroughs. Rep. Picador (130,000).
A Lesson Before Dying. Ernest J. Gaines. Vintage/Anchor (129,716).
Western Skies. Nora Roberts. Harlequin (128,973).
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Daniel H. Pink. Rep. Riverhead (128,397).
Forever. Nora Roberts. Harlequin (127,734).
*Still Alice. Lisa Genova. Orig. Pocket.
*The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life. Bethenny Frankel. Touchstone Fireside.
Off Season. Anne Rivers Siddons. Rep. Grand Central (124,508).
The Pearl. John Steinbeck. Penguin (123,757).
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel. Colum McCann. Rep. Random (122,757).
What to Expect: The Toddler Years. Heidi Murkoff. Revised. Workman (122,248).
One Fifth Avenue. Candace Bushnell. Rep. Voice (121,443).
*The Bro Code. Barney Stinson. Touchstone Fireside.
*Stori Telling. Tori Spelling. Rep. Simon Spotlight.
*The Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger. Back Bay.
Smart Guide to the Bible. Larry Richards. Thomas Nelson (120,210).
Fix-It and Forget It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker. Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good. Orig. Good Books (118,423).
Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul. John Eldridge and Stasi Eldridge. Thomas Nelson (117,758).
Midnight Sons, Vol. 2. Debbie Macmober. Harlequin (116,778).
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul. John Eldridge. Thomas Nelson (115,450).
The Wednesday Letters. Jason F. Wright. Rep. Berkley (115,129).
Sleeping Arrangements. Madeleine Wickham. Rep. St. Martin's (115,000).
Nightlight. The Harvard Lampoon. Vintage/Anchor (114,343).
Against Medical Advice. James Patterson. Rep. Grand Central (114,303).
So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore: An Unexpected Journey. Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman. Orig. Windblown Media (112,797).
*Vanishing Acts. Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press.
The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life. Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker. Rep. Tyndale (112,562).
Julie & Julia. Julie Powell. Back Bay (111,108).
Where the Heart Is. Nora Roberts. Harlequin (110,546).
World Without End. Ken Follett. Rep. NAL (110,328).
The Private Patient. P.D. James. Vintage/Anchor (110,041).
Secrets of a Shoe Addict. Beth Harbison. Rep. St. Martin's (110,000).
The Reason for God. Timothy Keller. Rep. Riverhead (108,741).
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. David Allen. Penguin (107,092).
How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better. Charla Krupp. Rep. Grand Central (106,530).
The Post-American World. Fareed Zakaria. Rep. Norton (106,141).
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story. Diane Ackerman. Rep. Norton (106,141).
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Richard H. Thaler. Penguin (105,857).
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions. Christian Lander. Orig. Random (105,628).
Irish Born. Nora Roberts. Orig. Berkley (105,328).
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's. John Elder Robinson. Rep. Crown (104,988).
Physics of the Impossible. Michio Kaku. Vintage/Anchor (104,797).
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Christopher Hitchens. Rep. Grand Central (104,446).
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems. Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier. Rep. Three Rivers (103,863).
Bananagrams!: The Official Book. Puzzles by Joe Edley, created by Abe and Rena Nathanson. Orig. Workman (103,583).
1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Patricia Schultz. Orig. Workman (103,578).
The Almost Moon. Alice Sebold. Back Bay (103,178).
AAP New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding. American Academy of Pediatrics, Joan Younger Meek with Sherill Tippins. Rep. Bantam (102,905).
Halo: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe. Various authors. Orig. Tor (102,779).
The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel. Salman Rushdie. Rep. Random (102,351).
Letter to My Daughter. Maya Angelou. Rep. Random (101,394).
Snuff. Chuck Palahniuk. Vintage/Anchor (101,352).
*The Tenth Circle. Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press.
Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid. Denis Leary. Rep. Plume (101,093).
The Drunkard's Walk. Leonard Mlodinow. Vintage/Anchor (100,198).
Out Stealing Horses: A Novel. Per Petterson. Reissue. Picador (100,000).
Lush Life: A Novel. Richard Price. Rep. Picador (100,000).
Mere Christianity. C.S. Lewis. HarperOne (100,000+).
Eat This, Not That! For Kids. David Zinczenko. Rodale (100,000).