There’s a lot of conversation around the Top 100’s in Kindle sales and it’s mostly surrounding mainstream authors. I was curious about the Top 100’s in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy, so I took a peek. Here’s what I found.
Top 11 Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy
- The first seven books listed in Top 100 Paid were by Vaughn Heppner, an indie author selling his books for $2.99 or less.
- In eighth and ninth place was Mary Doria Russell, traditionally published by Ballantine and selling her books for $11.99.
- Vaughn Heppner reappears in slot 10.
- In the number 11 spot was Angela Hunt, also traditionally published by Thomas Nelson and selling her book for $1.27.
So what can we conclude from this little snapshot?
What’s happening in the mainstream is also happening in Christian speculative fiction. The main difference I’m seeing is that some publishers seem to be adapting quicker to the new paradigm: readers want good ebooks at low prices.
It also means that getting traditionally published will only validate your writing if that is how you view success. Indie authors writing Christian fiction have the same opportunities as any other author, provided we work smart and give it our all.
Success is a matter of choice regardless whether you choose traditional publishing or indie publishing for both mainstream and Christian fiction.
This post was updated/cross-posted on my other blog One Servant’s Heart.