3 More Authors Bring Kindle Million Club Membership to 14

Congratulations to David Baldacci, Amanda Hocking and Stephenie Meyer.

On November 9th Amazon announced that these three authors have earned their key to the Kindle Million Club by selling 1 million Kindle eBooks, and joined Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly, John Locke, Kathryn Stockett, Janet Evanovich and George R.R. Martin.

26 year old Amanda Hocking took the most interesting path to her membership. She is the second Kindle member to gain the majority of her million by publishing herself, but her claim to fame is began in 2010, but  in January 2011 she exploded onto the publishing scene.

She rocked the publishing world by pricing ebooks at 99¢!

After failed attempts attempts to find a traditional publisher shocking Hocking self-published and sold her novels on online bookstores like Amazon. She sold 164,000 books in 2010, mainly ebooks.

Then in, January 2011, just one month,  she sold more than 450,000 copies of her nine titles and over 99% were e-book sales. More shocking, most were priced 99¢ and $2.99 when most traditionally published ebooks were selling at $12.99 and $7.99.
And, contrary to the claims of traditional publishers (trying to get the egg off their face), Amanda Hocking’s  books were professionally edited and well-written.  Later in the year a top traditional publisher, St. Martins Press, offered the publishing contracts she was denied for years; she accepted. Self-Publishing  is a business which took too much time from her writing.

David Baldacci‘s membership is no surprise. In the 15 years since his first novel, Absolute Power was published, 15 of the over 25 novels he’s written have become best sellers. Impressive.

Stephanie Meyers‘ claim to fame is her Twilight Series which are worshiped especially by young female readers. There is no denying her success. However, she has garnered criticism about the skill of her writing and her pedophile main character from many sources.  I read the trilogy and found her writing creative, but personally had several issues with the books.

But criticize Stephanie Meyers at your own risk!

Stephen King dissed her writing publicly and has been under attack by outraged teens ever since! They claim Stephen King is jealous of her success–proof of how utterly young and unworldly they are. (A link to King’s very amusing rebuttal is below.)

Links to Further Reading:

Stephen Kings Rebuttal Stephanie Meyers Controversy on You Tube. [This is hysterical!]

Authors catch fire with self-published e-books, Carol Memmott, US Today

Amazon 11/9/11 press announcement

David Baldacci Website

Amanda Hocking’s Blog

Stephanie Meyers Website

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What Genres Unlock the Kindle Million Club Door?

What Genres Sell a Million eBooks for Authors?

Curious about the genres of the pioneer Kindle Million Authors, I did some research. Keep in mind that genre classification will vary with source. I used the genre the author identified when available. Some authors write in more than one genre.

7  of 11 Kindle Million Members write in
Thriller/Mystery/Crime Fiction*:

Janet Evanovich: Crime/Mystery
John Locke: Thriller (and also a Western series)

Michael Connelly: Crime/Thriller
Lee Child: Thriller
James Patterson: Thriller
Stieg Larsson: Thriller
Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb: Futuristic Crime Mystery*

Fantasy: 3

George RR Martin: Epic Fantasy
Suzanne Collins: Fantasy

Charlaine Harris: Urban Fantasy

Other Genres 3

Kathryn Stockett: General Fiction
Nora Roberts: Romance
John Locke: Western (and also a Thriller series)

*Note about JD Robb/Nora Roberts. I’m pretty sure that, although her JD Robb series are very popular, alone J.D. Robb books would not have put Nora Roberts in the Kindle Million Club this early in the game, where as the Romance books alone would have probably joined the club by now.

This post is a partial reprinted from Author #11 Joins Kindle Million Club: George R.R. Martin because the information about genres  was lost in the announcement of member #11)]

Links to Related Reading:

Meredith Greene: Indie Writer & the eBook of Fiction:

Lindsay Buroker: Which Genres Sell Best for Indie Ebook Authors?

Only 14% of Authors searched Enable Kindle eBook Lending


What a big disappointment. I searched many of my favorite authors but none of them allowed Kindle ebook lending. I continued searching ebook authors until I had checked 70 Best Selling Fiction Authors, many on the current or recent  NY Times Best Sellers List.

I only found 10 Authors with lending enabled.

Only 3 of the 11 Kindle Million Club Authors allow lending.

I checked 3 ebooks for each author, a 2011 or most recent release, a 2 year-old ebook, and a 3 or more year-old ebook. Only a few authors did not have three novels to check.  In my search I did not find an author who had some ebooks lending enabled and others not enabled. 

Last spring Amazon made this big deal announcement that
Kindle owners could lend their books
.

How deceiving when so few can be loaned. According to Amazon “publisher determines which titles are eligible for lending.” Maybe they should have drummed up more participating publishers before they made an announcement.

Here’s my challenge:

Check your favorite Authors at the Kindle store. Tell us in comments if any of the publishers would let you lend their ebooks on a Kindle.

Here’s how you find the information: I used Vegas Moon, from Kindle Million Club author John Locke as example.

1. Search your author or book in the Kindle store
2. Click to the book’s information page.
3. Scroll down to the Product Details as pictured below.


If you find a better way than this hunt and peck method to find lending enabled books please share. My searches for a list in Kindle Store yielded nothing.

List of 70 Authors Searched: Lending Enabled in Red

(Again formatting in tables keeps clumping up and will not stay fixed-darn Gremlins)

Kindle Million:

Roberts

Evanovich

Locke

Harris

Stockette

Larson

Child

Connelley

Martin

Patterson

Collins

Urban Fantasy:

Karen M Moning

Ilona Andrews

Kim Harrison

Adrian Phoenix

Kelly Gay

Katherine Kerr

Richelle Mead

Jim Butcher

KelleyArmstrong

L.A. Banks

Patricia Briggs

Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

Karen Chance

Laurell K Hamilton

Rachel Caine

Tanya Huff

J R Ward

Vicki Pettersson

 

Paranormal
Romance:

Keri Arthur

Christina Dodd

Nina Bangs

Deborah Cooke

 

NY Best Sellers

J.R. Rain

KresleyCole

Debbie Macomber

David Baldacci

John Grisham

Clive Cussler

Fern Michaels

Erin Morgenstern

Jonathan Kellerman

Tatiana de Rosnay

Emma Donoghue

Laura Hillenbrand

Jeaniene Frost

Cherry Adair

Nicholas Sparks

Lisa See

Barbara Freethy

Paula McLain

Michael Prescott

Stephen King

Neal Stephenson

J. A. Jance

CJ Lyons

Chris Culver

David Weber

David Nicholls

Carla Neggers

Faye Kellerman

Richard Castle

Sara Gruen

Robyn Carr

Daniel Yergin

Rod Suskind

Michael Lewis

Stuart Woods

Michael Brandman

Author #11 Joins Kindle Million Club: George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin , author of A Song of Ice and Fire series, has sold the over
1 million Kindle eBooks needed to earn his place in the Kindle Million Club,  according to a 9/19 Amazon Press Release. His latest release
A Dance with Dragons debuted as #2 on the Kindle Best Sellers List.

He is the eleventh author to be inducted into the club with Janet Evanovich, Kathryn Stockett, John Locke, Michael Connelly, Suzanne Collins, Lee Child, Charlaine Harris, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and Stieg Larsson.

What Genres are Selling a Million Kindle eBooks?

Curious about the genres of these pioneer Kindle Million Authors, I did some research. Keep in mind that genre classification will vary with source. I used the genre the author uses when available.

8  of 11 Kindle Million Members write in
Thriller/Mystery/Crime Fiction*:

Janet Evanovich: Crime/Mystery
John Locke: Thriller (and also a Western series)

Michael Connelly: Crime/Thriller
Kathryn Stockett: General Fiction
Lee Child: Thriller
James Patterson: Thriller
Stieg Larsson: Thriller
Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb: Futuristic Crime Mystery*

Fantasy: 3

George RR Martin: Epic Fantasy
Suzanne Collins: Fantasy
Charlaine Harris: Urban Fantasy

Other Genres 2

Nora Roberts: Romance
John Locke: Western (and also a Thriller series)

*Note about JD Robb/Nora Roberts. I’m pretty sure that, although her JD Robb series are very popular, alone J.D. Robb books would not have put Nora Roberts in the Kindle Million Club this early in the game, where as the Romance books alone would have probably joined the club by now.

9/19 Amazon press Release: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1607936&highlight=

Top Eight The Kindle Million Club

Hope you had a Happy 4th of July!

It’s a legal Holiday, workers get the day off, a 20% reduction in their work week.  Top Ten Tuesday has been reduced by 20% to honor Independence Day. (And there happens to be only eight Author’s in the Kindle Million Club.)

The Top Eight Kindle Authors & Members of the Kindle Million Club

On June 20, 2011 amazon announced that John Locke had become the eighth author to sell one million kindle books at the Kindle store, 1,010,370 to be exact (at time of announcement.) Quite an accomplishment but what is really remarkable is he is the first independently published author to do so.

Take note of the dates each authors induction into the club was announced. The announcements are getting closer and closer together reflecting as Kindle eBooks sales exponential growth this year. I’ll bet I can provide number 9 and 10 by months end.

10   9    IOU 🙂

8 John Locke  – 6/20/11

Author of  the Donavan Creed novels and  Emmett Love Novels.  And a new non-fiction book, How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months.

7 Michael Connelly   –  6/9/11

Author of Crime Novels,  Harry Bosch  and Mickey Haller Series.

6 Suzanne Collins  –  6/6/11

Author of the  Fantasy series The Underland Chronicles and Science Fiction trilogy The Hunger Games.

5 Lee Child  6/6/11

Author  the  Jack Reacher Novels.

4 Charlaine Harris   –  5/11/11

Author of ten Urban Fantasy, Sookie Stackhouse Novels, eight  Aurora Teagarden Series  novels, four Harper Connelly Series.

3 Nora Roberts

The popular Author of too many series, trilogies and novels to count.

2 James Patterson   –  10/26/10

Mystery author of sixteen Alex Cross novels, ten Women’s Murder Club books and other series.

Stieg Larson 7/27/10

Author of The Millennium Trilogy.