Michael Connolly, Kindle’s eBook 1 million clubs seventh member. Which indie author will be first to join them

Posted: June 10, 2011 in #ebooks, #self publishing, Creating A Buzz, formatting for kindle, short stories

Kindle eBook sales are going from strength to strength. More authors are joining the 1 million club. The upsurge in eBook sales has rocketed Michael Connolly in to the 1 million club, following news that Lee Child, a fellow thriller author and Charlaine Harris, the children’s author, have joined the club. One of the clubs’ authors’ is reputed to have said that eBooks now account for 45% of his sales.

Whilst this is good news for established, published authors, who is going to be the first indie author to join the club? My money is on Amanda Hocking, who although she has accepted a publishing contract, still continues to sell her self-published work on kindle by the cartload. Another guess is J A Konrath, the indie authors’ champion, who has just picked up an Amazon publishing contract and is no stranger to getting his books in the top 100 at release date. With the weight of Amazon behind him, watch him fly. However, there are many more hoping to join them and I am sorry if I have missed out any likely contenders. If I have missed someone out please feel free to leave a comment.

STOP PRESS. I’ve forgotten someone. Sooo Sorry to John Locke. Apparently he is ahead of Konrath. It will be interesting to see what happens with Amazon behind Konrath.

One dark horse I am crossing my fingers for the future, is former published thriller author turned indie, J Conran Black, who features on myBook Buzz page. Her sales figures are reported in a previous article and were at almost 75000 for 1 month in May this year. It doesn’t take a math genius to work out that if you add the growth she has experienced, then in 12 months time it could be champagne cork popping time.

  1. John Locke must be close. 350,000 e-books in Jan & Feb, then close to the same number in March alone.

    Amanda Hocking must be close too. I would bet money on one of those two.

    Out of the rest, Joe Konrath has sold around 300,000, but who knows what kind of boost Amazon could give him. J Carson Black’s exponential growth is just staggering. If she keeps posting numbers like that, the sky is the limit (and she has fairly large selection of titles and they haven’t all “broken out” yet).

    Maybe it will be someone we haven’t mentioned yet.


  2. Let”s hope! 🙂

    I think John Locke may have already broken that mold.


  3. Diane says:

    It’s all great isn’t it. Success for people who have worked for it is always wonderful to witness and writing is work no matter whatever method is used. Of course now there is even more work because the indie and self published author has the responsibilty to formatting editing sourcing illustrations even if it only for the cover and marketing but at the end of the day I suppose if you believe in your work it is a labour of love.


  4. Tyson Adams says:

    I can confirm Connelly’s e-book sales being 45% of total sales. He said this at the Sydney Writers’ Festival recently and also on a Goodreads thriller Q&A. There is also an interview with Lee Child from late last year in New Zealand were he states that his e-book sales are a sizable chunk as well, although I can’t remember a quoted %.


  5. Ask and you shall receive…

    Amazon have just announced that John Locke is the first self-published author to sell 1 million Kindle books



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