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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending August 12, 2007


With first day sales of 150,000+, Stephenie Meyer’s hotly anticipated third book, Eclipse, appears at number 1. The Wall Street Journal had an article suggesting that Meyer could replace Potter at the bookstores. Meyer isn’t JK Rowling and Bella doesn’t have the same universal appeal as Harry (Harry had an 8 million copy first run print and Eclipse a 1 million print run, but there is no denying that she’s got selling power.

It’s great to see so many YA books on the list. I’m not sure, though, whether that means more kids are reading or whether these YA books are garnering the adult cross over market. In other words, do you need to have an adult market to sell as many copies?

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Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $18.99, No. 1 (debut).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $34.99, No. 2 (Peak 1).
Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 2 (Peak 2).
Devil May Cry, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s Press), $19.95, No. 8 (debut).
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 9 (Peak 1). 96 weeks on list.
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $8.99, No. 10 (Peak 10). Highest placement on the list for Twilight. The backlist is doing extraordinarily well for Meyer.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 13 (Peak 1). 290 weeks on the list.
Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No. 14 (Peak 5). Paperback release of hardcover.

Touch of Darkness, Christina Dodd (Signet), $7.99, No. 17 (debut). Second Highest USA Today debut/appearance by Dodd.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 18 (Peak 1). 172 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 19 (Peak 1). 252 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $7.99, No. 23 (Peak 1). 262 weeks on the list.
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 25 (Peak 4). This is a reprint/reissue.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $8.99, No. 25 (Peak 1). 264 weeks on the list.
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (Mira) $7.99, No. 27 (Peak 10). This is a reprint/reissue.
Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich (HarperCollins), $7.99, No. 27 (Peak 7). Paperback release of a hardcover.
Dockside, Susan Wiggs (Mira) $7.99, No. 29 (Peak 14). This is a “free” book at Fictionwise this week. Free in that you get a 100% rebate to spend on future purchases at Fictionwise.

New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (Little Brown for Young Readers), $17.99, No. 31 (Peak 31). Like Twilight, this is the highest placement for New Moon meaning that Eclipse is driving sales of all three books.
Tangled Up In You, Rachel Gibson (Avon), $6.99, No. 43 (Peak 25).
Tanner’s Scheme, Lora Leigh (Berkley), $7.99, No. 47 (debut). Leigh is becoming a staple on the list. This is her second top 50 appearance with Dangerous Games being the first. She is probably the most successful ebook to print author yet.

High Noon, Nora Roberts (Putnam), $26.95, No. 51 (Peak 2).
Embraced By Darkness, Keri Arthur (Dell), $6.99, No. 57 (Peak 33).
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 65 (Peak 36). Trade paperback release of hardcover.
The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke, Jillian Hunter (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 66 (Peak 42).
Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press), $27.50, No. 70 (Peak 1).
Into the Storm, Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine), $7.99, No. 71 (Peak 15). Paperback release of hardcover.
On the Prowl, Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, Sunny ( Berkley), $7.99, No. 73 (debut). Briggs made the list for both Blood Bound and Moon Called. Wilks had appeared for three of her category romances and two other appearances in anthologies headlined by Jayne Ann Krentz, and Laurell K Hamilton. Chance for her most recent release, Claimed By Shadow; and Sunny for her contribution to Over the Moon headlined by Angela Knight and MaryJanice Davidson.

Straight from the Heart, Tami Hoag, (Bantam), $6.99, No. 75 (Peak 57). Reissue
Country Brides, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 82 (Peak 5).
Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 84 (peak 3 as a paperback release). Paperback release of hardcover

Never Deceive a Duke, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 100 (Peak 27).
Highlander Untamed, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 104 (Peak 92).
The Perfect Bride (de Warenne Dynasty), Brenda Joyce (Harlequin Books), $7.99, No. 109 (Peak 42).
Mercy, Julie Garwood (Pocket), $7.99, No. 115 (Peak 5 in hardcover).
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn (Avon), $7.99, No. 122 (Peak 4).
Beyond Reach, Karin Slaughter (Delacorte Press), $25.00, No. 127 (Peak 53). It seems that her velocity is falling.
Angels Fall, Nora Roberts, (Jove), $7.99, No. 129 (Peak 1 – as a hardcover release). Paperback release.

Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $25.95, No. 134 (Peak 19).


Out of the list:

Twice the Temptation, Suzanne Enoch (Avon), $6.99, No. 82 (debut). Sins of a Duke, her last release, was her highest placement on the list at 40. I think its interesting that her historicals appear to sell better than her contemporaries.

The Pleasure Trap, Elizabeth Thornton (Bantam), $6.99, No. 102 (debut). I think Thornton is an underrated author. She has had 7 appearances on the USA Today list but has never cracked the top 50 (which is the print version).
Up Close and Personal, Fern Michaels (Kensington), $19.95, No. 105 (debut).I can’t help but wonder if it is the hardcover price of this book that made it appear so low on the list. She’s debuted much higher before.
Hidden Moon, Lori Handeland (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 106 (debut).
Sandcastles, Luanne Rice (Bantam), $7.50, No. 108 (Peak 19). Paperback release.
Immortals: The Awakening (Book 3), Joy Nash (Leisure Books), $6.99, No. 117 (debut). I think this is a Dorchester success. All three books from the Immortals series appeared on the USA Today list, the first for each author (Ashley, Popp and Nash). Ashley closes out the series with book 4 next month.
Fool Me Once, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $7.99, No. 134 (Peak 9).
Scent of Darkness, Christina Dodd, Signet, $7.99, No. 145 (Peak 25). The second in this series, Touch of Darkness, was released on Tuesday and I expect to see it in the top 25 next week. This is a good series for Dodd (and for paranormal readers).

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. jmc
    Aug 16, 2007 @ 10:25:59

    I am interested in seeing if Eclipse’s second week sales hold up, or if HP7 returns to #1. I read part of the WSJ article on Meyer as the next JKR, but I’m not sold on the idea. Of course, that may be because I found New Moon to be less than impressive and have not felt the urge to pick up Eclipse.

  2. Jane
    Aug 16, 2007 @ 13:49:15

    Don’t ruin Twilight. I don’t see Meyer sustaining her readership. Too many readers are disappointed, even the teen ones with the millions of exclamation points.

  3. Nicole
    Aug 16, 2007 @ 18:12:38

    I dunno about Lora Leigh as most successful. Didn’t MJD start out as an ebook author? Or has LL surpassed her?

  4. Jane
    Aug 16, 2007 @ 19:49:11

    You are so right, Nicole. I forgot about MJD.

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