John Locke Lands in The Publishing World | Deal With It!

…and the news I reported earlier on my Facebook profile on John Locke reaching a million Kindle sales direct from the Kindle Newsletter. What has been most impressive about Locke is his ability to achieve this not with the backing of a previous commercial publisher and marketing campaign, like Konrath, but by using his own promotional steam, iUniverse, Amazon Kindle, and also author service Telemachus for his print books. Yes, Hockling, Eisler and Jeremy Robinson either built a following through their experiences in commercial publishing or eventually crossed the divide. Even William P. Young (The Shack), following his self-publishing success, sold print publishing rights to large commercial entities. Few successful authors are prepared to stick with a solo run in publishing. I’m still looking into this, but yes, Locke may very well be the first independent author to truly achieve this with a touchdown. It’s certainly a marker, whatever the case, and I don’t think he will be for turning for quite some time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, independent publishing is in the building. It’s not going home any time soon… 
The challenge for the publishing community and authors like Locke is not to greet him with ‘how very dare you’, but rather, subtly lean over, and whisper, ‘hey, Johnnie, baby, tell me, how’d you pull it off?’ And then, the collective publishing community need to lean over their leather desk chairs and roar at their marketing departments and say, ‘you getting all this, you schmucks, this is why I’m posting the next final ten monthly pay checks!’


John Locke Becomes the First Independently Published Author to Join the Kindle Million Club

John Locke is the newest member of the “Kindle Million Club,” and the first independently published author to receive this distinction.  As of June 19th, John Locke has sold 1,010,370 Kindle books using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). The Kindle Million Club recognizes authors whose books have sold over 1 million paid copies in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). Locke joins Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Michael Connelly in the Kindle Million Club. 

“Kindle Direct Publishing has provided an opportunity for independent authors to compete on a level playing field with the giants of the book selling industry,” said John Locke. “Not only did KDP give me a chance, they helped at every turn. Quite simply, KDP is the greatest friend an author can have.”  

“It’s so exciting that self-publishing has allowed John Locke to achieve a milestone like this,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content.  “We’re excited to see Kindle Direct Publishing succeeding for both authors and customers and are proud to welcome him to the Kindle Million Club.” 

John Locke, of Louisville, KY., is the internationally bestselling author of nine novels including “Vegas Moon,” “Wish List,” “A Girl Like You,” “Follow the Stone,” “Don’t Poke the Bear!” and the New York Times bestselling eBook, “Saving Rachel.” Locke’s latest book, “How I sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months,” is a how-to marketing guide for self-published authors.
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