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John Locke is a wonderful author and is appreciative of his readers.  He also sells his Kindle books reasonable so that helps.  So it is not surprising that he has sold so many.
 

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TheSFReader said:
One million means nothing... he sells them at .99cents. No real writer under the 10$ point
Errr, that means he made 350 000 $ right ?
Where do I sign for becoming a "no real writer ?"

(Great news !!!)
Heh. Wonder how many he's sold at B&N and other outlets?

I also wonder why he doesn't bundle them together and sell bundles at $2.99?
 

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Wow! That's fantastic. Congrats to John Locke.
 

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One really great thing about John is that he is perfectly happy to sell his books for 99 cents and spurns all advice to raise his prices.  He turns down agents and publishers who think they can make a buck off his novels because he would rather reach many readers than make more $.

He has a simple premise that yes, some traditionally published novels are better than his--but are they 10 or 15 times better, as reflected in the pricing?

A consumer might say that a similiar trad title is twice as good, maybe 3 times as good and that might be true for his genre and with that reader.  But other similiar novels may only be 10% or 30% "better" or worse, yet still maintain much higher prices (12.99).  He has his own voice and style and more power to him, he is doing something right.
 
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dgaughran said:
Amazon just announced that John Locke is the first indie to sell 1 million Kindle books.

While Amanda Hocking may have sold a million e-books first, this relates strictly to Kindle books, and is a milestone she is yet to pass (but must be close).

Press release here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1576066&highlight=
Actually, I'm a bit confused by this. When Amanda signed with her new publisher, all the bloggers were saying how she sold a million copies of her book. But Amazon's press release here directly refutes that by saying John is the first indie to pass a million sales. It is also calculating total sales across all books, so that means on average he has sold 111,111 books per title. STILL IMPRESSIVE. I'm not agruing that. But the press release just strikes me as worded a bit shady.
 

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Bards and Sages (Julie) said:
Actually, I'm a bit confused by this. When Amanda signed with her new publisher, all the bloggers were saying how she sold a million copies of her book. But Amazon's press release here directly refutes that by saying John is the first indie to pass a million sales. It is also calculating total sales across all books, so that means on average he has sold 111,111 books per title. STILL IMPRESSIVE. I'm not agruing that. But the press release just strikes me as worded a bit shady.
She probably does have a million, but it could just be that she hasn't quite reached a million through Amazon.
 
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jackz4000 said:
One really great thing about John is that he is perfectly happy to sell his books for 99 cents and spurns all advice to raise his prices. He turns down agents and publishers who think they can make a buck off his novels because he would rather reach many readers than make more $.
And yet his "How to" Book directed at his fellow indies is $4.99


Apparently with his fiction, he "just wants to be read." But with his how-to book, he "wants to be paid." :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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Bards and Sages (Julie) said:
Actually, I'm a bit confused by this. When Amanda signed with her new publisher, all the bloggers were saying how she sold a million copies of her book. But Amazon's press release here directly refutes that by saying John is the first indie to pass a million sales. It is also calculating total sales across all books, so that means on average he has sold 111,111 books per title. STILL IMPRESSIVE. I'm not agruing that. But the press release just strikes me as worded a bit shady.
Hm. Yeah. I wonder if Amazon is miffed that she took the St. Martin's deal and not their offer. Although that would be pretty small of them. Maybe some of her books were e-published by Amazon, and so weren't technically "indie"?
 
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