Gail Carriger’s Books By Year Plus Some NYT Thoughts

Quick head’s up The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett is $0.99 on kindle today. It’s a favorite Discworld book of mine and certainly informed my own humor and style as a writer. I read it first in high school. It wasn’t my first Pratchett, Sorcery was (and I still own my first US edition mass market from 1989).

And now: Books By Year Plus Some NYT Thoughts

Having some fun with books and photos and the course of my career as an author the other day, Gentle Reader. Ah, nostalgia.

Actually, it was mostly me going over my novels and trying to remember details about them, you know, like publication date and relative success. I thought you too, as you are responsible, might enjoy the ride.

Before 2009

There was nothing!



Soulless did eventually hit the New York Times Bestseller list but not until 5/27/2012 when a $0.99 eBook special landed it on eBooks at #22 and Combined Print & eBooks at #37. It stayed on eBooks one more week 06/03/2012 at #28.


Changeless & Blameless

Changeless and Blameless were both released in 2010, a good thing too, given Changeless has a bit of a cliff hanger. (I still get angry emails on occasion about this.) Changeless was #20 on the 04/03/2010 NYT Mass Market lists, and my first book to hit. Orbit sent me champagne and everyone telephoned me. I sat on a porch on a vineyard in Sonoma and celebrated. Blameless was also # 20 on 09/19/2010 and it held on through 09/26/2010 at #35. My first to stay on for more than a week.



Heartless was my only book to release in 2011, although a lot of things were happening behind the scenes (e.g. the graphic novel deal and the seeds of a new YA series were being born). Also I was taking the plunge into life as a full time author. Heartless released to hit #11 on Mass Market (the highest standing for any of the Parasol Protectorate books) on 07/17/2011 and through to 07/24/2011 at #26.


Timeless, Soulless Vol 1, Soulless Vol. 2

2012 was a busy year with three releases, both the first two mangas came out and the final Parasol Protectorate book, Timeless. Amazon shipped Timeless a week early which spread the numbers out over three weeks instead of my normal two. No idea what might have been different had they deigned to observe the on sale date. It started at #17 on 03/18/2012 Mass Market and then went to #22 on 03/25/2012 and #31 on 04/01/2012. The manga, mostly by coincidence, was released at the same time and saw a bump in orders and sales because of this, I think. It landed at #2 on the Manga list. The second volume launched at #1 on the Manga list, for 12/09/2012, my only #1 and I’m still ridiculously proud. This was also the year Soulless made the lists for the first time.


Soulless Vol. 3, Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies

2013 was another busy one with the final manga and the first two Finishing School books releasing. Etiquette & Espionage marked my transition to both children’s and hard back and plonked me on the NYT Lists for YA at #9 on 02/24/2013. My first novel (as opposed to manga) to get into top 10. The final manga came in at #7 at the same time.



Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry was my only book to release in 2014, and it came at the end of the year. Possibly as a result of this delay, but more likely as a result of the Amazon vrs. Hachette contract negotiations meets B&N not shipping signed editions debacle this was the first time since Soulless my book didn’t make the lists. I was expecting it but I was still sad. Of course, it’s also possible that people just didn’t like the book, but I consider it the best of my YA series so I hope that’s not the reason.



Prudence and Manners & Mutiny

Prudence released in early 2015, my new baby and first entry into the world of adult hardcover fiction, possibly one of the hardest lists to crack. She clawed her way on at #19 on 04/05/2015. Only a few months later, on 06/03/2015, much to everyone’s total surprise an eBook deal (all of the first 3 YA books at $1.99 each) put the Finishing School series onto the notoriously impossible Children’s Series list at #7. This made poor little W&W a best seller at last, and I decided *technically* I could still claim an unbroken record. We wrapped up the year releasing Manners & Mutiny who hit #9. What is it with me and odd numbers?

So there you have it. All 13 of them were New York Times bestsellers via 7 different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children’s Series, Manga). This occasioned me checking out how many NYT lists there are (something like 37) and wondering if I could crack them all, because I’m an ambitious old cuss who likes a challenge. Considering there are lists like “Sports” I think it practically impossible for me to do so, unless I resume my previous life as an archaeologist and delve into non-fiction. (If I wrote a tomb on the Mayan Ball game, would that count as “Sports”?) One wonders if any author has ever done this; appeared on all lists, I mean.

Don’t get me wrong I am delighted to have made anything. Goodness, my dears, I’m startled to even have Authorbeast as a career. Thank you so much. The fact that you go out and preorder, and buy right away, is how I make that list. It’s amazing! But if I were ever fully satisfied with anything, I would cease trying to please you, and no one wants that now, do they? Someone more famous than me once said that life is about the quest and the struggle and I didn’t grow up a fantasy reader for nothing.

Speaking of which, off I go a-questing. Got another book to finish writing.

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven’s Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Moniteur de la Mode Date-  Monday, September 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Shy Sea Anemone Hates Hugs

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Gold Rush California Was Much More Expensive Than Today’s Dot Com Boom

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
On Fans and Fan Mail

Book News:
The Writer Librarian interviews Yours Truly, and more on Manners & Mutiny.

Quote of the Day:
“This has gone too far. It’s gone the way if bacon and mustaches.”
~ International Waters (regarding ugly Christmas sweaters)

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