The Consuming Fire: A New York Times and USA Today and Audible Bestseller!

Got the news last night, just before I was about to go do an event, so now I’m catching up here on the site:

Hey! The Consuming Fire is a bestselling book!

Specifically, it’s #15 on the New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Fiction List (and the only SF/F entry on this particular list), #35 on the USA Today list (which tracks sales of all books, fiction and nonfiction), and #8 on the weekly Audible bestselling fiction list (which tracks sales on Audible, which is roughly 90% of the audiobook market at this point).

That’s a pretty excellent showing, and better than where its predecessor, The Collapsing Empire, showed up on each respective list (it wasn’t on the NYT list at all), which is what you like to see when you’re dealing with sequels. This is also now fourth fiction book of mine out of the last five to make it onto a NYT bestseller list of one sort or another. I’ll take that very much, thank you.

Thanks are in order, including the very fine people at Tor, starting with my editor Patrick and moving on down the list there, the equally fine people at Audible, not neglecting my narrator Wil Wheaton, all the booksellers, indie, chain and online, who helped sell copies, and of course and obviously, every single person who went ahead an either pre-ordered the book, or got a copy of it in its first week. Every single one of you is pretty darn awesome.

I’m delighted my book is doing so well out of the gate. Thank you! Let’s see where it goes from here.

(Update: It’s also #10 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list for eBooks, and #23 on the Publishers Weekly list for Fiction Hardcover Frontlist — “Frontlist” meaning new books. Not bad!)

27 Comments on “The Consuming Fire: A New York Times and USA Today and Audible Bestseller!”

  1. Excellent! Does the tracking include e-books? – because that’s how we buy all our s-f these days.

  2. “The Consuming Fire is a bestselling book….better than where its predecessor, The Consuming Fire, showed up…”

    Recursion detected :)

  3. I think you meant to write: “…better than where its predecessor, The Collapsing Empire, showed up on each respective list…”

    I just finished the audiobook yesterday and as usual, Will Wheaton is great! Oh, you too, Scalzi, you too.

  4. I just finished the audiobook and it was one hell of a ride. Great story, great characters, great cursing (always a plus). I eagerly await the next novel. Chop, chop.

  5. Congrats! no hurry up and finish the third book!

    I feel I need to mention how much I like Wil Wheaton as a narrator. (I first listened to him in “Lock In.”) He’s very good at giving characters each a distinctive voice. He doesn’t do what an annoyingly high number of male narrators do – use a fake “girly” voice for female characters. That’s like nails on a chalkboard for me. He changes intonation and cadence for each character, and it’s easy even when starting in the middle to discern which character is speaking.

  6. I finished reading reading rhe e-book last night. I would have finished sooner, but I’m already having trouble getting enough sleep, I loved it! I agree that it was better than the first book, but not a lot better, since the first was a great book too. The best thing, as always, is your characters. They are real people, behaving much like anyone would if they had that much power.

  7. Just finished the audible book on Tuesday. To be honest, in the beginning I was afraid that Will’s voice would be a distraction just because I found it so familiar. It didn’t take long before I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. Excellent book and excellent narration by Will. And the signed copy I got at your event in LA is up on my bookshelf! Congrats on the well-deserved success.

  8. Congratulations, John! I think you’re at a point where almost any novel you write is going to end up on the bestseller list — people are buying your books just because you wrote them, with no other criterion necessary. At least, that’s how it’s working for me!

  9. Yay, my purchase of your book last week contributed to the greater good. Here’s hoping my vote in a week or so will be similarly successful.

  10. John, I bought the Kindle edition and really enjoyed it. Great pacing – it’s like you just skipped all the boring parts. Congrats and keep up the good work.

  11. As failing careers go, that’s an epic fail ;) Much congratulations to you, no thanks to your “burritos”

  12. Congratulations! Glad to have contributed to those first-week sales – it is the least I can do in return for such excellent entertainment. Thank you, sir, for doing what you do so very well!

  13. I thought I was special, reading your book in the first few days, but alas, it looks like I am just following the herd again.

    Oh well, I guess a congrats are in order for one of my favorite super popular niche authors.

  14. I finished both the audiobook and the ebook in record time…there is a book sized void in my soul. Congratulations, they really were fantastic!!

  15. My budget is far too tight now to purchase books, alas, but I did borrow it from the library the day it came out. Which (along with others who checked it out, and those who have put hold requests on the book, etc.) will encourage the libraries to keep buying your books, and even occasionally multiple copies thereof.

    Also, Congrats!

    Do library books contribute to best seller lists? It just occurred to me to wonder this, since they may be buying it through channels that might not be counted.

    And when my budget improves, I will be buying the ebooks of the series.

  16. Just received my pre-ordered copy (signed – thank you very much!) and didn’t want to travel with it so I downloaded the e-book to my iPad last night.
    Kinda geeky. Hubby just laughs.
    I am looking forward to reading it, beginning in about five minutes =D

  17. I get the feeling that most of the action of the third book will happen on End (of all things places); looking forward to it!

    On a side note, could you be more careful with occurrences and alternations of “X said” / “Y said”? It makes dialogue kinda repetitive. Maybe “replied”, “remarked”, “noted”, “wondered” etc. would be more appropriate in some cases.

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