Amazon recently announced its fourth member of the Kindle Million Club—authors who’ve sold over 1 million copies of their books for the Kindle e-Reader. The four authors are Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, and the newest member, Charlaine Harris.
Of particular interest, and rather encouraging for those of us preparing to jump into that arena, is that these authors represent different genres and styles. The market is wide open.
Amidst all this good news, my partners and I continue to make progress in developing our new e-Publishing Group. We’ve named the group (keeping that close to the vest for another month or so), purchased a web domain name, obtained a web host, and will have our website available for public consumption in June.
We’ve added to the group thus far: 1 editor, 1 author of thrillers,1 author of fantasy, 1 author of historical fiction (Native American), 1 author of historical fiction (Primitive Man), and 1 memoirist. We’ve also added 1 graphic artist.
We’re still looking to add the following (prior to our launch, if possible): 1 more editor, 2-6 more authors across multiple genres, 2-3 more graphic artists, 1 web marketing wizard.
We anticipate releasing the first books for the e-Reader market in late August or early September.
The group will serve one purpose: Facilitate the greatest possible sales of the member authors’ books. Every member of the team will have skin in the game, and will earn based on how well we achieve that single goal.
A commitment to professionalism, a dedication to marketing and promotion, and a determination not just to succeed, but to control our own destinies—these drive us. So, as the excitement grows, watch for more news over the next several weeks.
In the meantime, if you’re an author looking to break into (or expand your presence in) the e-Book market, or if you’re a freelance editor, a graphic artist, or a web-marketing wizard, feel free to contact me. I can provide much more information about this opportunity one-on-one than I can, at this moment, through online sources. You can also learn a little more about our general philosophy by reading some of my previous posts at this site.
‘Til next time, and as always, remember: To write well, you must work hard. To succeed in this tough gig, you mustn’t be lazy (or discouraged).