It was announced today that indie author Amanda Hocking has made it into the exclusive Kindle Million Club, along with traditionally published authors David Baldacci and Stephanie Meyer, creator of the Twilight Saga series who said, "I know for a fact that this is the most awesome club I've ever been allowed into."
There's only one way to get into the Kindle Million Club and that's to sell 1,000,000 kindle ebooks on Amazon. With the inclusion of these three new authors, the Kindle Million Club now has 14 members. They are:
- Amanda Hocking
- Stephanie Meyer
- David Baldacci
- Stieg Larsson
- Janet Evanovich
- James Patterson
- Nora Roberts
- John Locke
- Charlaine Harris
- Lee Child
- Suzanne Collins
- Michael Connelly
- Kathryn Stockett
- George R.R. Martin
Of the 14 authors in the Kindle Million Club, only Amanda Hocking and John Locke are indie authors who have sold their books independently through KDP--Kindle Direct Publishing. Because of their huge success they both signed deals with major publishers, but in very different ways. Locke signed a distribution deal with Simon & Schuster who will distribute his Donovan Creed novels under Locke's own imprint, John Locke Books. Amanda Hocking, on the other hand, went the more traditional route and signed a two million dollar four book deal with St. Martin's Press. While some felt disappointed by her taking the traditional publishing route after having earned two million dollars on her own through self-publishing, Hocking made it clear that she also wants wider distribution opportunities. She knows she can't get her books into Wal-Mart on her own.
"I'm so grateful to everyone who has bought one of my books, and to Amazon, for giving me a place to share my books," said Hocking. "None of this would have been possible without you. Thank you!" Amanda Hocking is the best-selling author of 10 books, including the My Blood Approves series and the Trylle Trilogy, which has been optioned by Media Rights Capital, who plans to turn her three novels into two movies. Terri Tatchell, co-writer of the hit science-fiction film, "District 9,"is already at work writing the screenplays. Because of her amazing self-publishing success Hocking has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post and Forbes.
Amanda Hocking and John Locke are not the only KDP publishers doing well selling Kindle ebooks. According to Amazon...
With the release of the new lower priced Kindles, as well as the Kindle Fire tablet, ebook sales will only continue to rise. If you'd like to see your own books for sale as Kindle ebooks, check out my article:
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