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The DA/SB Bestseller List

One thing that readers have in common is our neverending search for new books.  Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches and we at DearAuthor use affiliate links to help fund our sites.  These affiliate links reward the blog owner with 6-8% of the sale price for each item sold using an affiliate link.  Sarah uses affiliate links for both All Romance eBooks, eHarlequin, and Amazon.  We use affiliate links for Amazon alone (because I am lazy!). 

I thought that it might be fun to create a “bestseller” list out of the affiliate links.  This list simply tells our mutual blog readers what the readers are buying if they use the affiliate link.  It doesn’t capture every sale out there or every sale that we might inspire but it is a data point that might provide some interest to our readers and might help in discovering new and good books.

The fascinating thing of our list, in my opinion, is the number of people that bought Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. More people bought her first book in the series than bought the most recent release which is Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

We will post this list every Sunday evening.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Zoe Archer
    May 08, 2011 @ 19:43:59

    Hey! Is that my Collision Course, or K.A. Mitchell’s Collision Course? ;)

  2. library addict
    May 08, 2011 @ 21:25:04

    Is there a way for a sale to count toward your affiliate links without first coming to DA or SB and clicking on something. And does the fee only apply to books or anything bought at Amazon?

    I rarely click on the links to Amazon from your site, but you have certainly inspired me to buy books in the past.

  3. Michael
    May 09, 2011 @ 08:02:58

    @library addict: They count toward most purchases, so you’d be supporting DA so long as you buy something within a day or so of using an affiliate link. For an easy way to use DA’s affiliate code, you could bookmark and use that whenever you visit Amazon.

  4. Lorenda
    May 10, 2011 @ 09:49:31

    Jane – looks like the Eloisa James link has Zoe’s book on it.

  5. Jane
    May 10, 2011 @ 09:52:09

    @Lorenda Thanks. Fixed.

  6. Jane
    May 10, 2011 @ 09:53:19

    @library addict What Michael said. You don’t have to follow the links but if you use the bookmark Michael gave, it would record your purchases. It doesn’t give us an identifying information. It just lists the product and the number of purchases for that product.

  7. Anon76
    May 11, 2011 @ 00:27:17

    Wow, considering a lot of print houses only give their new authors 6-8% in royalties, I’m thinking… well…just thinking.

  8. Jane
    May 11, 2011 @ 06:57:21

    @Anon76 I have never understood why any author doesn’t sign up for a free affiliate code from Amazon, BN, and others.

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