Self-published author John Locke has just signed a deal with a major publisher. In June this year, the American writer of contemporary crime became the first author to sell a million copies on Kindle.
While the publisher, Simon & Schuster, will handle sales and distribution for Locke’s books, they won’t cash in on his digital sales.
Locke – who sold his digital books via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform – is responsible for the popular Donovan Creed novels.
Creed is a former CIA assassin, “a smart-aleck tough guy with a heart of bronze,” according to the Amazon website.
Locke, 60, has written seven Donovan Creed novels, all of which have made the Amazon/Kindle Top 20 list.
“Every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, a John Locke novel is downloaded somewhere in the world!” says the Amazon review.
PaidContent.org, the website that discusses digital content, publishes a statement by Locke that says: “There are many paths from author to reader, and any path that puts the reader first will be successful. This agreement represents an exciting departure from the norm, and I applaud Simon & Schuster’s incredible vision, and their willingness to provide a vehicle that allows all readers traditional access to my books.”
It’s not the first time a self-published author has entered into a deal with a major publisher, says the website. Amanda Hocking, 26, signed a $2 million deal with St Martin’s in March. The publisher is “also republishing her Trylle Trilogy in both print and digital editions,” says the website.
Locke gives his online books a price tag of a mere 99 cents, says an earlier report on PaidContent.org.
And he doesn’t plan to raise prices.
A New York Times story today says of the thriller writer: “Mr. Locke said he wanted to allow readers ‘traditional access’ to his books, which include the Donovan Creed thrillers and several westerns. Simon & Schuster, which called it ‘a win–win for all concerned,’ said it would begin to print and distribute Mr. Locke’s books in February, making them available in bookstores and through online retailers.”
Locke has also published a marketing guide to self-published authors called How I Sold a Million E-Books in 5 Months.
Amanda Hocking had by June become “one of the best-selling e-authors on Amazon,” according to a profile of her in the New York Times.
Her ten novels include the Trylle series, concerning a teenage girl’s self-discovery in a fantasy setting; the My Blood Approves vampire series; and Hollowland, “which kicks off a zombie series whose second book will come out in the fall.”