Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for February 2014

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for February 2014, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of February 2014 were:

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Top 10 Best Selling Self-Publishing Author Ed Kienzle Talks About Selling Success with ‘The Last Buffalo’

Outskirts Press 2013 Top 10 bestselling self-publishing author Ed Kienzle, 56, was inspired to pen The Last Buffalo after the ongoing slaughter of diseased buffalo in parkland near his Bar Nunn, Wyoming, home. The juvenile fiction, which chronicles a young boy’s mission to save the majestic buffalo, was some 15 years in the making, but the book is beginning to catch fire with readers.

Ed states he has sold thousands of copies of The Last Buffalo just since last August, and he continues to promote it in his own time with the help of his wife, Beth. “My market is usually schools and students, like 11-13 year-olds, so we picked schools [in and around Bar Nunn] and sent out 40 or 50 copies to a number of The Last Buffaloschools in the area, along with press materials,” he says. “We got a few spikes in sales after that.”

In addition to issuing a custom press release to announce the release of The Last Buffalo, along with a professional Outskirts Press book marketing video to promote it, Ed personally drops in KOA campgrounds and specialty stores to get the word out about his book. “I always keep books in my pickup,” he says. “I bet I’ve made a hundred or so sales that way, just talking to people. We go on a road trip somewhere and I’ll talk to a few people everywhere I go.”

Ed learned a great deal about taking advantage of promotional and marketing opportunities with his 2002 book Partners in the Wilderness, which garnered a few independent publishing awards. The experience taught him that success in book sales is an ongoing process. His advice for self-publishing authors with a new book to promote? “Jump on it,” he says. “If you get a chance to talk about your book, don’t be shy. And don’t be too unhappy if you don’t have a lot of results right away — just keep at it.”

“The biggest fear a writer has is that they’re going to put their story out there and nobody’s going to like it, or someone’s going to hate it,” says Ed. “Get over it — it’s your passion. Go forward. Once it’s done, you can’t think ‘I should have.'”

The Last Buffalo

Little Kettle sadly watched the last buffalo fall lifeless to the ground in what he had come to call “The Winter of the Red Snow.” Sanctioned by the Interagency Bison Management Plan in Yellowstone National Park, the ongoing slaughter threatens the great beast’s very existence. Educated as a lawyer, Little Kettle has been waging a legal war to protect the buffalo but has been unable to stop the carnage.

When his nephew Wyman is born, Little Kettle proclaims the boy the “Keeper of the Buffalo” and instills in him a deep love for the animal that once ruled the Plains. But the youngster struggles under the weight of the mantle he’s been asked to bear.

At 12, Wyman sets out on a great adventure in the wilderness of Yellowstone to save the buffalo – a journey driven by vivid and compelling dreams. With help from friends, a peace pipe, an Indian maiden and a mysterious shape shifter, Wyman is determined to discover the secret of his dreams and fulfill his role as the Keeper of the Buffalo.

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 hardback w/ jacket, 213 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 10, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478709448
ISBN13: 9781478709442
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

The Last Buffalo can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of 10 or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at the OutskirtsPress bookstore. The book is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and is being aggressively promoted with a focus on the juvenile fiction, action/adventure and nature categories.

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Readers Still Getting Lost in Fiction and Fantasy

The latest bestselling book charts confirm what we already knew: that readers are still crazy about their fiction novels.

In fact, according to Publishers’ Weekly, fiction dominated the Nielson BookScan, Amazon Kindle and Amazon Print top 20 lists in July, indicating that ravenous bookworms are happy to devour these fanciful works whether they’re served up in hard-copy form or an electronic format. In fact, between 2007 and 20011, novels skyrocketed from 67 percent of titles sold to 78 percent.

Driving fiction book sales in recent years were blockbusters such as the Harry Potter book series and more recently The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey and their sequels. Both of the latter two series topped all three of the bestselling lists in July.

So, why the jump in an already dominating book genre? Well, first, do you notice a common thread among the biggest sellers? Escapism! People have always enjoyed being swept up in a torrid tale that takes them into an adventure as far from reality as they can get. It doesn’t hurt that movie versions of these tomes are piquing readers’ interest in the books.

According to a January 2012 article on, a fall sales of non-fiction books in recent years has also paved the way for the novel’s resurgence. It seems there’s a perception among some readers that an Internet search can turn up just as much info as, say, a history or self-help book. We’d beg to differ, but in the realm of book sales, perception is reality.

Oh, and there’s one more nugget from recent research on book-buying trends we find encouraging: Buyers are snapping up more self-published books!

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