Amanda Hocking, the 27-year-old self-published author who said in March that she had sold over 1 million copies of her e-books, is just now being added to Amazon’s “Kindle Million Club,” along with traditionally published authors David Baldacci and Stephenie Meyer.
According to Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Hocking is the second self-published author to sell over 1 million paid copies of her books on Kindle, after John Locke.
Maybe many of the million books Hocking said she’d sold in March weren’t through Kindle. An Amazon spokeswoman told me, “I believe Amanda’s announcement earlier this year referred to one million e-books overall, on all platforms. She just recently hit this milestone in the Kindle Store.”
It’s also possible that Amazon saves these announcements up and releases them at opportune times, such as two days after the Nook Tablet was announced and one week before the Kindle Fire ships.
Noteworthy from the press release: “In addition to the more than 2 million books sold by John Locke and Amanda Hocking, 12 KDP authors have sold more than 200,000 books and 30 KDP authors have sold more than 100,000 books.” Amazon did not break out who those authors were.
Hocking signed a four-book contract with traditional publisher St. Martin’s earlier this year for an estimated $2 million, but continues to self-publish some of her books and sell them through Amazon and other e-bookstores.