Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Good news for self-published authors – 15% of the bestselling books on Kindle in 2012 were self-published via Amazon Kindle. The most successful Kindle author was Nick Spalding, with Love…from Both Sides and Love…and Sleepless Nights. Sales combined to make him the best-selling author. Hodder & Stoughton offered him a six-figure contract in October.
75 traditional publishers used Kindle. Since Kindle launched its self-publishing tool, 61 authors have sold over 50,000 copies of their books, 12 have sold in excess of 100,000 with 50 authors earning in excess of £50,000 and 11 of them earning more than £100,000.
The platform offers authors 70% royalty benefits.
The fact that millions of people received Kindles for Christmas can only be good news. Kindle book sales already exceed Amazon print sales in this country and with more Kindles around, sales are expected to rise even higher.
The titles of the top ten best-selling books are listed below:

1. Love... From Both Sides by Nick Spalding

2. Only the Innocent by Rachel Abbott

3. Love... And Sleepless Nights by Nick Spalding

4. One Cold Night by Katia Lief

5. Locked In by Kerry Wilkinson

6. Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne

7. Touch by Mark Sennen

8. Taunting the Dead by Mel Sherratt

9. The Tea Planter’s Daughter by Janet MacLeod Trotter

10. Here She Lies by Katia Lief



Dean Crawford said...

It is indeed good news Jen, and proves that it is possible for self-published authors to break into mainstream publishing. I met one of the authors on the list at CrimeFest 2012, Mel Sherrat: she works hard at publicity through Twitter etc, and I think that's key. Without a publisher, you have to be willing to work hard to spread the word about your books...

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great news! I love the fact we have more than one choice now.