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Self-Published Fantasy Ebooks Recommendation


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#1 MikeR

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:00 AM

Instead of 
 
Self-Published Fantasy Novels that have sold more than 10,000 copies
 
I changed the thread title to
 
Self-Published Fantasy Ebooks Recommendation
 
 
so if you read a good fantasy self-published ebooks, feel free to recommend it if you think others will enjoy it too.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old thread:  

 

 

Sales don't mean quality.  But I believe you are more likely to find quality/enjoyable novels among novels that are selling than from novels that are not selling.  

 

There is where the 10,000 copies SOLD came from.  Just an arbitrary number to denote that this self-published fantasy novel is selling well.  

 

I have read a lot of fantasy novels from established authors.  I'm looking forward to read some fantasy novels from self-published authors who are building a growing fanbase on their own.  

 

What are the self-published fantasy novels that met this criteria?  (selling well)

 

Of course, like most readers, I will look at the cover and read the description, reviews and maybe the sample to determine if this novel is to my taste before I purchase it.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Recap of self-published fantasy books that have sold very well

 

Traveler's Gate Trilogy by Will Wight
The (sort of) Dark Mage by Nelson Chereta.  
A Thirst for Vengeance (The Ashes Saga) by Edward M. Knight
A Crucible of Souls (Book One of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence) by Mitchell Hogan
The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
The Ties That Bind trilogy by Rob J Hayes
The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker
Sorcerer's Ring series by Morgan Rice
 
 
Picked up by Publishers after lot of success from self-publishing:  
 
Riyria Trilogy by Micheal J Sullivans
Blood Song (A Raven's Shadow Novel) by Ryan, Anthony
Legends of Muirwood Series by Jeff Wheeler

Edited by MikeR, 22 July 2014 - 05:32 AM.


#2 russjass

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:10 AM

I dont know the exact figures but I would say that Micheal J Sullivans Riyria novels must have sold more than 100k. They are enjoyable, very light easy reads, high fantasy.

 

Although they have been picked up by a publisher, dunno how strict your criteria are



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:04 AM

I don't know any figures on The Ties That Bind trilogy by Rob J Hayes, but they are quite cheap and have been hovering in the top 100 Kindle fantasy books for a while now.

I picked them all up and found them good enjoyable reads.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:59 AM

I think Stanek claims to of sold over ONE TRILLION copies of his books.



#5 TrackerNeil

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 01:21 PM

What are the self-published fantasy novels that met this criteria?  (selling well)

 

How many copies qualifies as "well"? Personally, I think any indie who tops 1,000 copies isn't doing too badly, given the numerous barriers to self-publishing.



#6 Spockydog

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:54 PM

Out of interest, Neil. How many have you managed to shift?

 

Totally understand if you'd rather not share that information...   :)



#7 MikeR

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:00 PM

Here are some more after I did a bit of searching

 

 

Traveler's Gate Trilogy by Will Wight:  76,000+ according to his blog, not bad since he first published his book 10 months ago

The (sort of) Dark Mage (Waldo Rabbit Series) by Nelson Chereta.  

Legends of Muirwood Series by Jeff Wheeler.....though Amazon Publishing signed him after his series got a lot of success/sales



#8 TrackerNeil

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:18 PM

Out of interest, Neil. How many have you managed to shift?

 

Totally understand if you'd rather not share that information...   :)

 

I totally just PMed you.



#9 Spockydog

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:11 AM

Just seen it. I'm equally delighted for you.  :cheers:



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:08 AM

 

How many copies qualifies as "well"? Personally, I think any indie who tops 1,000 copies isn't doing too badly, given the numerous barriers to self-publishing.

 

1,000 copies is a good start but 

 

1,000 copies sold at $2.99 x 70% royalties = $2,093

1,000 copies sold at $3.99 x 70% royalties = $2,793

1,000 copies sold at $4.99 x 70% royalties = $3,493

 

10,000 copies sold would be in the "off to a GREAT start."  It would add a zero to the above.  There are some self-published fantasy novels that have reached that.

 

 

Found another self-published fantasy novel that is selling well

 

A Thirst for Vengeance (The Ashes Saga) by Edward M. Knight

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:57 AM

The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker

Sorcerer's Ring by Morgan Rice

 

any others?  



#12 Gigei

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 02:00 PM

I read the Traveler's Gate Trilogy by Will Wight. I enjoyed the concept of travelers and Valinhall.



#13 MikeR

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 08:35 AM

Instead of 

 

Self-Published Fantasy Novels that have sold more than 10,000 copies

 

I changed the thread title to

 

Self-Published Fantasy Ebooks Recommendation

 

 

so if you read a good fantasy self-published ebooks, feel free to recommend it if you think others will enjoy it too.  



#14 mgambino

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:09 AM

If we're counting established authors that self-publish, then Stephen Goldin updated his Family D'alembert series and self-published it. If you like golden age Sci-fi, it's pretty solid. Also, Lawrence Watt-Evans is still publishing Ethshar book on his own... I have a soft spot for them, so I'll admit a bias, but I like them.

 

Most of the other self-published stuff I've sampled  was garbage but I do like the Moth series by Daniel Arenson and the Traveler's Gate trilogy by Will Wight was pretty solid... I expect that these two will get picked up by a publisher if they want. 

 

Morgan Rice is ok. I read the first book of his Sorcerer's Ring series and liked it enough to consider checking out the rest of the series some day.

 

Christopher Nuttall writes right-wing, military sci-fi. I'd say he's about the same quality as John Ringo... take that as you will. 



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:34 AM

I have two words to say to anyone who believes all self-published works to be semi-literate doggerel:

 

Blood. Song.

 

One of the best books I've ever read.



#16 mgambino

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:14 AM

I have two words to say to anyone who believes all self-published works to be semi-literate doggerel:

 

Blood. Song.

 

One of the best books I've ever read.

 

... which was almost immediately picked up by a traditional publisher following its release. I snagged an ARC of the follow-up, and it's a huge improvement over the first one too.



#17 TrackerNeil

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:13 PM

You might try The Reflections of Queen Snow White, which I didn't think I was going to enjoy but did anyway. My review, for those who are interested, is here.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:12 AM

Read both and they are really good.  

 

A Thirst for Vengeance Book 1 

http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/B00IXEPZM8

 

and 

 

A Thirst for Vengeance Book 2

http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/B00KXL19ME

 

My name is Dagan. There are few alive with more blood on their hands than me. 
 
I have lived a life of degeneracy. I have studied the teachings of the dark mage Helosis and walked the path of the dead. I have been to the shadowrealm and emerged with my soul enact. I have challenged the Black Brotherhood and ridden with the Knights of Valamor as a brother-in-arms. I have spoken to Xune. 
 
I've killed indiscriminately—for money, for fame. For vengeance. 
 
When I was young, I fell in love with a princess and was punished by her death. I have scampered, begged, and thieved. I have been homeless. I have ruled the greatest city ever built. 
 
I began a succession war. I alone know who lifted the Seals of Regor—and how. I was there when magic was restored to this world. If I'd been born in a different age, I would have been the greatest sorcerer known to man. 
 
My name is Dagan. This is my tale.


#19 unJon

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:24 AM

So that really sounds like a Kingkiller Chronicle ripoff.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:55 AM

So that really sounds like a Kingkiller Chronicle ripoff.

Agreed.