26/10/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
US contemporary romantic author Barbara Freethy tells the Nest she has now has sold over one million units of her indie-published titles in 2011. Unlike many indie authors who publish at the $0.99 price point to fuel sales, Freethy's books are primarily priced between $2.99 and $5.99.
Her self-published romance books came from her backlist, whose rights were reverted after the books went out of print. Freethy repackaged the books and put them on sale again, finding gold in books that had been taking up space in her closet.
According to Theresa Horner, VP Content B&N Digital Products, "Barbara Freethy's self-publishing success proves that digitizing books can boost readership and breathe new life into older titles. Her backlist titles through PubIt!, Barnes & Noble's fast and free digital self-publishing platform, have consistently landed her at the top of the BN.com eBook list. We're thrilled for Barbara and we look forward to helping her sell the next million!"
Eight of Freethy's seventeen self-published titles have hit the New York Times and/or USA Today Bestseller List, and SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her most recent titles, TAKEN and PLAYED are currently climbing the bestseller charts.
Freethy, the author of 30 novels, has been published by Pocket, NAL and Harper Collins and in addition to books currently being published with Pocket, Freethy is planning to self-publish e-book originals in the future. "I am excited about the opportunity to not only make all of my books available again, but also to publish new works more frequently, allowing me to better respond to the demands of my readers."
Freethy's books are sold through online retailers Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Apple, Sony and Kobo. They are also distributed through Smashwords and Overdrive to libraries and other online retailers.
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