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Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:56:10 pm »
From https://www.kboards.com/authors/

H. M. Ward
Marie Force
Bella Andre
Liliana Hart
Amanda Hocking
Hugh Howey
J.A. Konrath
Chris Culver
Theresa Ragan

B. V. Larson
Darcie Chan
Michael Wallace
Courtney Milan
Eve Langlais
Ralph Cotton
Felicity Heaton
Michael J. Sullivan
Russell Blake
David Dalglish

M. Malone
Shayne Parkinson
Jennifer Blake
Anne Marie Novark
Dannika Dark
M A Comley
Ryk Brown
Sibel Hodge
Danielle Bourdon
Tim O'Rourke

Deanna Chase
Maya Cross
Sarah Woodbury
Jay Allan
Aaron Pogue
Alyssa Rose Ivy
Randy Dyess
Sheila Horgan
Noelle Adams/Claire Kent
Sarra Cannon

Rosalind James
Eve Carter
Kitty French
Meg Harris/Gem Frost/Ellen Fisher
Dan Combs
C.J. Archer/Carolyn Scott/C.J. Scott
Marie Hall
Anne Frasier
Kathy Carmichael
C.J. Ellison

Kit Rocha/ Moira Rogers
Joe Nobody
Monique Martin
Brian D. Anderson
Carly Philips
Edward W. Roberston
Rachel Schurig
Nathan Lowell
Murray McDonald
Michael Siemsen

Allan Guthrie
N. Gemini Sasson
Roxie Rivera / Lolita Lopez
P.T. Michelle/ Patrice Michelle
Paul Levinson

whew..that's a lot to copy and paste


Thank you for sharing with the Kboards community.  Your transparency helps all authors.  





Here's a much outdated list (back in June 2012) that I have compiled. In bold = not on the kindleboards list above.

http://selfpublishingsuccessstories.blogspot.com/
The "200,000+ self-published ebooks sold" club:

Barbara Freethy - over 2 million ebooks sold (April 2012)
Amanda Hocking - 1,500,000 ebooks sold (December 2011)
John Locke- more than 1,100,000 eBooks sold in five months
Gemma Halliday - over 1 million self-published ebooks sold (March 2012)
Michael Prescott - more than 800,000 self-published ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
J.A. Konrath - more than 800,000 ebooks sold (April 2012)
Bella Andre - more than 700,000 books sold (May 2012)
Darcie Chan - 641,000 ebooks sold (May 2012)
Chris Culver - over 550,000 (Dec 2011)
Heather Killough-Walden - over 500,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
Selena Kitt - "With half a million ebooks sold in 2011 alone"
Stephen Leather - close to 500,000 books sold (Nov 2011)
CJ Lyons - almost 500,000 ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
J.R. Rain - more than 400,000 books sold (Sept 2011)
Bob Mayer - 347 sold in Jan to over 400,000 total sold by year's end (Dec 2011)
Rick Murcer - over 400,000 ebooks in one year (May 2012)
Tracey Garvis-Graves - sold more than 360,000 copies of her first novel
Tina Folsom - over 300,000 books sold (October 2011)
J Carson Black - more than 300,000 books sold (November 2011)
Terri Reid - 300,000 sold (May 2012)
Marie Force - 300,000+ sold (June 2012)
Liliana Hart - "my total sales for one year have now exceed 300,000 books (June 2012)
T.R. Ragan - 293,202 books sold (May 2012)
B.V. Larson - over 250,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
Kerry Wilkinson - more than 250,000 books sold (Feb 2012)
M. R. Mathias - "I'm up to nearly 250k (in just two years) (June 2012)
H.P. Mallory - more than 200,000 ebooks sold (July 2011)
Scott Nicholson - Just guessing, I'd put my worldwide sales total between 200k-250k
David Dalglish - more than 200,000 (May 2012)
Antoinette Stockenberg - total sales stand at 216,686 (June 2012) - private email
Cheryl Bolen - 200,000 sold (June 2012)
Jennifer Ashley/Ashley Gardner - 200,000 sold mark in early June 2012 - private email
Nick Spalding - "I'm lucky enough to be in the 200,000 + total sales club now (June 2012)"
Catherine Bybee - nearly 200,000 of the novel Wife By Wednesda (Jan 2012)
Jamie McGuire -  hundreds of thousands of copies sold of Beautiful Disaster
Hugh Howey- crossed the 200,000 sold mark in June 2012
Colleen Hoover


And June 2012 is like 18 months ago.  That's a long time in the ever growing self-publishing world.  


The unofficial conclusion is that there are many self-publishers who are doing very well.  And the list is growing.  If I have the time, maybe just a list of self published authors who are making a full-time living from self-publishing.  In alphabetical order.  No sales figure or anything.  Just a simple question. Are you an author making a full-time living from self-publishing?  If yes, you're on the "dream list."  Most writers dream that they can earn a full time living from writing.  


Anyway, when I have time, I will browse the internet for more to add if the author publicly provide the sales figure (news articles, blogs, forum, speech etc...)





Indie authors who have sold at least 100,000 taken from articles, blogs, message board

Jasinda Wilder Source
A.G. Riddle (Source)
Sara Cannon (Source)
Kristen James Source
Rachel Abbott Source
Dr Debra Holland Source
Christa Wick Source
Marlen S. Bodden Source
Luke Romyn Source
Carol Davis Luce Source
Blake Crouch
Penelope Douglas

with many more to come.
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    I don't feel it's my place to give names, but there are a few glaring omissions.

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    Jasinda Wilder? Or did I miss her. Just asking.

    But it's fantastic to see a (mostly) comprehensive list like this. Thanks for the compilation.

    And It's a huge number of smoking holes in the "there's only a few successful indies" meme.


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    This list is inspiring!  Thanks!  :)

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    Offline FrankZubek

    Re: Indie authors who very likely have made the 100,000 sales mark
    « Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 12:31:38 am »
    Yeah, this e-book thingamabob. It's just a fad. It'll pass.

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    Jasinda Wilder? Or did I miss her. Just asking.

    But it's fantastic to see a (mostly) comprehensive list like this. Thanks for the compilation.

    And It's a huge number of smoking holes in the "there's only a few successful indies" meme.




    There are a lot of indie authors missing from the list who have sold more than 100,000.  I just listed the data from only two sources.  

    https://www.kboards.com/authors/
    http://selfpublishingsuccessstories.blogspot.com/  (18 months old and very outdated.....)

    I will add more to the list if the authors share their figure publicly (news articles, blogs, forum).  

    For example, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/couples-steamy-romance-e-books-save-their-home/

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    In less than a year, they've sold nearly a million e-books.

    Jasinda said she often thinks about the moment she almost lost her house.

    A lot of people already seen it but here's a link to the CBS video for those who have not.  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbWZeTM34KY





    Another example,  A.G. Riddle  (his books are AWESOME by the way)
    http://seeleyjames.com/2013/11/how-a-g-riddle-writes-great-writers-on-writing/

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    With over 150,000 copies sold, Atlantis Gene became one of the surprise debuts of 2013.



    And another example, congrats Sara Cannon

    http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/42589036186/sarra-cannon-the-6-self-publishing-tips-that-nabbed

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    Self-publishing has really worked for youyour novels have sold over 100,000 copies! How did you pull that off?
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    Another example,  A.G. Riddle  (his books are AWESOME by the way)
    http://seeleyjames.com/2013/11/how-a-g-riddle-writes-great-writers-on-writing/


    OMGosh, yes! Just finished The Atlantis Gene... brilliant! On to The Atlantis Plague as soon as I finish a few other books (all indie), but if you like thrillers with a science twist, this guy is pure genius.
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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 06:21:03 am »
    I sold 103,272 copies of my ebooks in 2013 plus 75 paperbacks and 63 audiobooks (finished my first audio title end of the year). This doesn't include any multi-author collections I was in. In 2012, I sold over 50k. Closing in on 5,000 for the month of January.

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 07:12:00 am »
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    I will add more to the list if the authors share their figure publicly (news articles, blogs, forum). 

    Yes! I for one would love it. We've had lists of all kinds but a comprehensive (or best as practical) list of sellers at the major gates would be awesome. Maybe we could make it a sticky.

    Thanks again for all the compiling.

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #10 on: January 19, 2014, 07:17:37 am »
    This is an amazing list, and very inspiring. Thanks for compiling it!
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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014, 07:18:10 am »
    If you want to go ahead and pencil me in for January 2015 that'd be great.

     8) 8) 8)


    Wait... that's a lot of books...

     :o :o :o

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #12 on: January 19, 2014, 07:19:38 am »
    I sold 103,272 copies of my ebooks in 2013 plus 75 paperbacks and 63 audiobooks (finished my first audio title end of the year). This doesn't include any multi-author collections I was in. In 2012, I sold over 50k. Closing in on 5,000 for the month of January.

    Congrats on your success and thank you for sharing your data with us.  





    Found some more from googling

    http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/how-i-do-it-kristen-james-shares-the-secrets-of-her-self-publishing-success/

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    100,000 books sold, 1,000 reviews on Amazon, 20 books in two and half years

      
    Rachel Abbott
    http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/01/21/self-publishing-success-kindle-bestseller/

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    At No.2 was Only the Innocent, a mystery novel by Rachel Abbott, which had hogged the top spot on Amazon for a month early in the year, selling 100,000 copies at a price that earned Rachel the 70% royalty rate.

    http://drdebraholland.blogspot.com/2013/01/an-agent-bashes-self-publishing-and.html

    Dr Debra Holland
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    I spoke up, not to challenge the guy, but to educate the audience. I stated that I was a successful self-published author who had made the USA Today list and sold almost 100,000 books in a year.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/how-many-copies-make-a-self-published-bestseller_b69711
    Marlen S. Bodden
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    Formerly self-published author Marlen S. Bodden wrote us about her bestseller: I initially self-published The Wedding Gift, which has been bought by major houses: Century/Random UK (publishing May 9, 2013), St. Martins Press U.S., Cappellen-Damm Norway, and Random House Germany. As a self-published book, The Wedding Gift sold over 140,000 ebooks (I gave away over 30,000 in a promotion first) and made Amazons and the Wall Street Journals best seller lists.

    Luke Romyn

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    Lukes first three books have all been category best sellers on Amazon, with over 120,000 copies being distributed to date.

    Carol Davis Luce
    http://indiereviewtracker.com/how-amazon-helped-me-sell-100000-ebooks/
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    Four months later, in January of 2012, I had sold 100,000 eBooks.




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    Another example,  A.G. Riddle  (his books are AWESOME by the way)
    http://seeleyjames.com/2013/11/how-a-g-riddle-writes-great-writers-on-writing/


    OMGosh, yes! Just finished The Atlantis Gene... brilliant! On to The Atlantis Plague as soon as I finish a few other books (all indie), but if you like thrillers with a science twist, this guy is pure genius.

    Thanks for your kind words and for giving my work a try.  I spent several years and a lot of late nights writing those books (and I'm still working on them).

    It's inspiring to see a list this long. I think and hope it will grow by leaps and bounds this year.

    I would add Matthew Mather to the list (http://www.hughhowey.com/defying-the-odds/).  Probably some others out there.

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #14 on: January 19, 2014, 10:14:50 am »
    Steven Konkoly
    Melissa Foster
    TR Harris
    Saxon Andrew
    Claude Bouchard
    CJ Lyons
    MJ Rose


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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #15 on: January 19, 2014, 10:35:28 am »
    I've sold over 100,000.

    Thanks for compiling a list! Fun to see. :)
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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #16 on: January 19, 2014, 02:44:52 pm »
    You can add me too!

    I love these lists - so inspiring! Thrilled for everyone!

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
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    Just over 400,000 here.

    That's so hot. Instant writer crush.  8)

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #18 on: January 19, 2014, 05:12:44 pm »
    That's so hot. Instant writer crush.  8)

    Yeah... my jaw just dropped, too.

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    Re: Indie authors who have made the 100,000 sales milestone
    « Reply #19 on: January 19, 2014, 06:54:23 pm »
    Thanks for including me! I just passed the 400,000 mark this year as well. But that's total ebooks, I'm at 340,000 for self-published books only.

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