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While self-published authors are widely acknowledged as a growing force in e-book sales, only a few have reached superstar status. One of those is John Locke. Today, Locke became the first self-published author to sell over 1 million books on Kindle. There are only seven other members of the “Kindle Million Club” — they are Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Michael Connelly.
Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) said that as of yesterday, Locke had sold 1,010,370 Kindle books. The 60-year-old Locke, who lives in Louisville, Ky, has written nine novels, mostly thrillers, including Saving Rachel, which hit the New York Times (NYSE: NYT) e-book bestseller list.
Locke prices all of his novels at $0.99 and does not plan to raise prices. His latest book is How I Sold 1 Million E-Books in 5 Months, a marketing guide for self-published authors, which sells for $4.99 on Kindle.
Amanda Hocking, the 26-year-old who’s probably closest thing in the self-published world to being a household name (especially after the profile that ran in the NYT Magazine this past weekend), has said she’s sold over a million copies of her e-books, but apparently hasn’t hit a million on Kindle yet.