Crossroad Press Best Sellers Lists SEP 2012 – SEP 2013

bestsellerI like to look back over the year and see how things have gone, where, and why.  In doing this, I would be seriously remiss in not making note of the many creative talents who have made it all possible.  With that in mind, I present, the Best Selling Crossroad Press titles from September 2012 to September 2013 – The Top 25 in eBook, Audiobook, and Print – as well as the top ten for each  in Horror / Mystery-Thriller / Science Fiction & Fantasy – I could have broken it down farther, but I think this gives a good over-all picture.  I will also post the top ten lists in their respective Imprint sites as we are moving forward into 2014 with all of our new imprints live and posting regularly… Welcome to the new year!

Top Twenty-five eBook Titles

The Man – Irving Wallace
The Books of Blood, Vol 1 – Clive Barker
Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
The Man in the Window – C. Dennis Moore
Fins – Ashley Knight
The Second Lady – Irving Wallace
Fathom – Ashley Knight
The James Bond Bedside Companion – Raymond Benson
Ladies’ Night – Jack Ketchum
The Woman – Jack Ketchum
Forever – Ashley Knight
The Parting- David Niall Wilson
The Seventh Secret – Irving Wallace
Stranglehold – Jack Ketchum
Too Late to Die – Bill Crider
Hexes – Tom Piccirilli
The Books of Blood, Vol. 4 – Clive Barker
Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro
On the Strength of Wings – Marthayn Peligrimas
Velvet Dogma – Weston Ocshe
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
SGA-20: Secrets – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Harlot’s Moon – Ed Gorman
Top Ten Horror eBooks

The Books of Blood Volume 1 – Clive Barker
The Man in the Window – C. Dennis Moore
Ladies’ Night – Jack Ketchum
The Woman – Jack Ketchum
Stranglehold – Jack Ketchum
Hexes – Tom Piccirilli
The Books of Blood, Vol. 4 – Clive Barker
Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
The Books of Blood, Volume 2 – Clive Barker

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller e-Books

The Man – Irving Wallace
The Second Lady – Irving Wallace
The Seventh Secret – Irving Wallace
Too Late to Die – Bill Crider
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
Harlot’s Moon – Ed Gorman
Small Felonies – Bill Pronzini
D.O.A. – Dave Pedneau
The Weedless Widow – Deborah Morgan
Bohemian Heart – James Dalessandro

Top Ten Science Fiction / Fantasy eBooks

Fins – Ashley Knight
Fathom – Ashley Knight
Forever – Ashley Knight
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
SGA-16 Homecoming – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
SGA-20 – Secrets – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
SGA-21 – Inheritors – Melissa Scott, Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
SGA-17 – The Lost – Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
SGA-18 – Allegiance – Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold

Top 25 Audiobooks of 2013

The Books of Blood, Volume 1- Clive Barker
Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Unabridged) – Jim Bernheimer
The Hellbound Heart: Abridged Edition – Clive Barker
The Books of Blood, Vol 2 – Clive Barker
The Black Stiletto – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Black & White – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes – Raymond Benson
Dark Dixie – Ronald Kelly
Lyncanthropos – Jeffrey Sackett
The Hellbound Heart (Unabridged) – Clive Barker
The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus – Clive
Barker
The James Bond Bedside Companion – Raymond Benson
The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel – Sam Torode
Hand of Isis – Jo Graham
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
Lost Things: The Order of the Air – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Save My Soul: A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two – Zoe Winters
Blaze of Glory – Weston Ocshe
Midnight Eyes – Sidney Williams
The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector
Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1 – Zoe Winters
Kin – Kealan Patrick Burke
The Hereafter Gang – Neal Barrett Jr.
Sleep Disorder – Jack Ketchum

Top Ten Horror Audiobooks

The Books of Blood, Volume 1- Clive Barker
The Hellbound Heart: Abridged Edition – Clive Barker
The Books of Blood, Vol 2 – Clive Barker
Dark Dixie – Ronald Kelly
Lyncanthropos – Jeffrey Sackett
The Hellbound Heart (Unabridged) – Clive Barker
Midnight Eyes – Sidney Williams
The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector
Kin – Kealan Patrick Burke
Sleep Disorder – Jack Ketchum

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller  Audiobooks

The Black Stiletto – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Black & White – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes – Raymond Benson
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
The Prize – Irving Wallace
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder – Jeff Markowitz
The Man – Irving Wallace
Graveyard Plots – Bill Pronzini
A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
Blood Moon – Ed Gorman

Top Ten Sci-Fi / Fantasy Audiobooks

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Unabridged) – Jim Bernheimer
The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus – Clive
Barker
Hand of Isis – Jo Graham
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
Lost Things: The Order of the Air – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Save My Soul: A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two – Zoe Winters
Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1 – Zoe Winters
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
Fins – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker & The House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman

Top Twenty-five Print Editions

Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
Vermont’s Haunts – Joseph A. Citro
10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Child’s Teacher Diana Grycan
Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Not Yet Dead – Joseph A. Citro
The Horror… The Horror: An Autobiography – Rick Hautala
A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
Steel Blues – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Forever – Book III of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
City of Knives – William Bayer
The Monarchs – Stephen Mark Rainey
The Quest of the Thirteen – John DeFilippis
Fathom – Book II of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman
Ask the Dice – Ed Lynskey
London Macabre – Steven Savile
Artifact of Evil – Raymond Benson
Blood Diamonds – Ed Lynskey
The Case of the Claw – Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Holy Terror – Wayne Allen Sallee
The Ravens of Falkenau – Jo Graham
Nightjack – Tom Piccirilli
Dragon Island – Shane Berryhill
Years Without Hope – Werner I. Juretzko

Top Ten Horror Print Editions

Vermont’s Haunts – Joseph A. Citro
Not Yet Dead – Joseph A. Citro
The Monarchs – Stephen Mark Rainey
London Macabre – Steven Savile
The Holy Terror – Wayne Allen Sallee
Nightjack – Tom Piccirilli
Crescent Lake – Dave Sakmyster
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
Incursion – Aaron Rosenberg
Heart of a Dragon – David Niall Wilson

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller Print Editions

A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
City of Knives – William Bayer
Ask the Dice – Ed Lynskey
Artifact of Evil – Raymond Benson
Blood Diamonds – Ed Lynskey
Crescent Lake -Dave Sakmyster
Blood is Pretty – Steven Leiva
The Heist – Michael A. Black
Defenders of the Faith – Chet Williamson
Sins of the Flash – David Niall Wilson

Top Ten Sci-Fi / Fantasy Print Editions

Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Steel Blues – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Forever – Book III of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
The Quest of the Thirteen – John DeFilippis
Fathom – Book II of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman
The Case of the Claw – Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Ravens of Falkenau – Jo Graham
Dragon Island – Shane Berryhill

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Audio and Print Books – Thanksgiving Where it’s Due

audioAs of today, we have 69 print books and 347 audiobooks.  I have posted a thank you to most of the folks involved with our main product – eBooks – at my own website – http://www.davidniallwilson.com – and I don’t need to repeat those here.  Here I want to thank two individuals in particular, a company, and a community of professionals – as a group because they number so many…

Print books at Crossroad Press would probably exist without Aaron Rosenberg, but they would be fewer and farther between, would cost a lot more than they make, and would not have his very professional and very particular perfectionist’s touch behind them.  It’s incredible, if you think about it.  I have begun learning to use the program Adobe InDesign that is behind the interiors of our books.  Aaron, is a master.  I can tell you that just to get ready to design the interior takes a couple of days of intense, mind-numbing formatting – and that’s just the beginning.  From there, you have design points – fonts, matching the covers and looking stylish, headers, and any number of things most people take for granted, like a single line not getting orphaned at the top of a page… Aaron has been the final hand on every book we have published – has designed the covers and banners for The Scattered Earth and O.C.L.T. series – as well as writing three of the books in one series and two in the other.

We are doing print editions for two reasons.  Authors love to have them to hold and sell at conventions, and fans like them to be signed – and because of the uproar our digital only company caused early on.  We must have print editions! The clamor was awful.  Now, of course, very few of those people seem to really want to buy print editions, they were just incensed that the books didn’t exist.  We will continue to do print editions of our new, original books, and I am determined to find good ways to market them.  That in mind, really glad Aaron is there…without him, it would certainly fail.

In audio, there is a very similar situation.  Jeff Kafer has been working with me since the very first audiobook that I was involved with – my own Roll Them Bones – which he narrated.  Back then, I had big dreams of changing the way audio was done.  I designed a royalty share program where authors and narrators shared the risks… Jeff and I managed to get our books into a lot of big distribution outlets.  Sales, however, were mostly through Audible, and they just would not pay us enough of a percentage for my system to work.  Before I move on to the people who changed all of that, I want to thank Jeff from the bottom of my 54 year old heart.  He has engineered and mastered the sound on every one of our audiobooks…as we have grown, hopefully we’ve started to make all of that worth his while…he’s a great friend and a consummate professional.  Again – without him, there would probably BE no Crossroad Press Audio…

And without the good folks at ACX who created a system where we could work with a huge talent stream of narrators to bring our titles to audio.  We got a fair shake on the royalties, as did the narrators who worked with us.  Sales still were (and are) an enigma.  What you would think would sell doesn’t, things you thought might flop – do not.  Through all of that, the engineers, rights and marketing, and everyone else at ACX have been incredibly helpful.  They have provided guidance, have helped us out when we really needed it, and have been unbelievably supportive and positive.  Here’s to a long and profitable relationship!

Last, but not least by ANY stretch – the community of audiobook narrators and producers – those we talk with regularly on Facebook, and others we’ve worked with over the years.  Some of the most talented voices in the business have worked with us – often for no more than the hope of profit over time.  Many times they worked under the rates bigger companies would / could pay them.  Often, they have become my friends. I have a great respect for the amount of work that goes into preparing, narrating, and worst of all – editing – the audio files that become the books we download and listen to.  It takes dedication, talent, and stamina.  I have my doubts as to whether, even granted a golden voice that I do not have, I could do what they do, day in and day out, and that they have worked with me, trusted me, and helped me build this company makes me VERY thankful.

So, this is our thanks to all of you who – behind the scenes – make the audio and print branches of Crossroad Press Publications possible.  We are better for knowing and working with you.

Sincerely (and we mean that)

David Wilson / David Dodd / Patricia Lee Macomber
Crossroad Press

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Crossroad Press Open Offer to Book Clubs

srslyIf you run a book club, discussion group, cadre of like-minded readers or anything of this sort, and you are interested in reading any of our nearly 700 titles (and growing) we have a deal for you. If you see a title we have published that you would like to have your group read, or you see a new title announced that you feel would be perfect, we’d like to make it easier for you. If you are the leader of the group, contact us directly by EMAIL and tell us the title you are interested in, the number of readers in your group, and their e-mails. If you are not the leader of your group, either have that person contact us, or send us their contact information and we’ll contact them directly for you. You can also use the handy contact form below.  We will create a 20 percent discount coupon good for your group only to buy the title at our online store. We’ll send the coupon code to you, or to your members, and if you are interested, we’ll do our best to make the author of the title available for interview, discussion, or other interaction. Our hope is to a: get more readers comfortable with buying from our online store – where our authors benefit the most – as well as gathering more reviews and reader response. Sound good? Here’s one more thing – if you choose a book of ours that is also available in print, we will honor the 20 percent coupon on print editions as well.

Also keep watch – we will be announcing some free review copies of many of our unabridged audio titles as well, and might be able to arrange for those on a group basis as well.

Thanks for being readers.

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Top Ten Crossroad Press Audiobooks as of 11-5-2013

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Welcome to Crossroad Press

Welcome to your one stop source for all things Crossroad Press.  As you’ll have noticed by now, we’ve broken our catalog into a series of imprints.  This will make it easier for you to find the books you want, and simpler to purchase, download, and enjoy our print and digital content.  General non fiction, mainstream fiction, and books not easily classifiable will remain under the Crossroad Press main imprint.  In addition, we have added: Macabre Ink for horror and dark fantasy, Gordian Knot Books for Mysteries and Thrillers, Rendezvous Press for Romance, Mystique Press for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Dimension W for Westerns and Weird Westerns, Panta Rei Press for New age and Metaphysical titles, and for younger readers Otherside Press for Teen and YA titles, Wonderstruck Books for Middle Grade Readers and K-Bug Books for first readers and children’s picture books.  Welcome to Crossroad Press!

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