It is a term that we are hearing more and more… the “Kindle Million Club”.
Can anyone join? And how?
Well, unlike some clubs this is not any old club that you just turn up and waltz into. You certainly can’t mail a check to join… in fact it’s the other way around, entirely.
The “Kindle Million Club” recognizes authors whose entire body of work has sold over 1 million copies in Amazon’s Kindle Store. The first author to join the Kindle club was Stieg Larrson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy.
As of 19 November 2011 there are a total of 14 authors in the Kindle Million Club.
Who is in the Kindle Million Club?
The following authors have all sold more than one million Kindle books.
Stieg Larsson is the author of the Millenium Trilogy, including The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. He lived in Sweden, and died in 2004. In July 2010 he became the first member of the Kindle Million Club.
James Patterson is a bestselling author with more than 60 New York Times bestselling titles. He has sold more than 220 million print books worldwide. He was also the Children’s Book Councils’ Children’s Choice Book Awards “Author of the Year” in 2010. In October 2010 Patterson became the second author to join the Kindle Million Club.
3. Nora Roberts
With over 300 million print books sold, it is not surprising to see Nora Roberts in the Kindle Million Club. Twenty-five years ago, stranded at home in a blizzard for a week, this mother of two grabbed paper and pencil and started to write stories. Her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981. In January 2011 she became the 3rd author and the first woman to join the Kindle Million Club.
Charlaine Harris is the author of the True Blood vampire series. She is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing for over twenty years. In 1990 her novel Real Murders was a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. She released the first of her much darker Shakespeare mysteries in 1996, featuring amateur sleuth Lily Bard. In May 2011 she became the 4th member of the Kindle Million Club.
5. Lee Child
Lee Child is the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series. His debut novel, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. Lee Child is a native of England and now lives in New York. In June 2011 Lee Child became the 5th member of the Kindle Million Club.
Suzanne Collins is a highly successful children’s writer not only of books but of television too. She wrote the New York Times bestselling series The Underland Chronicles. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy she explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut. In June 2011 she became the 6th member to join the Kindle Million Club.
Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of 23 novels and one work of nonfiction, with over 42 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is a former newspaper reporter and has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In June 2011 he became the 7th author to join Amazon’s Kindle Million Club.
8. John Locke
John Locke is the author of the bestselling Emmett Love westerns and Donovan Creed novels. He lives in Kentucky. In June 2011 he became the 8th author and the first indie author (independent and self-published) to join the Kindle Million Club.
Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum novels as well as 12 romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and graphic novels, “Wicked Appetite” (the first book in the Lizzy and Diesel series,) and “How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.” In August 2011 Amazon announced that she had joined the Kindle Million Club.
10. Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller “The Help,” her debut novel. Kathryn graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing then moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. Her novel has already been adapted to the big screen and the movie premiered in August. Also in August she became the 10th author to join the Kindle Million Club.
George Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer and returned to prose in the mid ’90s. There are now five books in his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. In September 2011 he became the 11th author to join the Kindle Million Club.
12. David Baldacci
David Baldacci is the best-selling author of more than 20 novels that have been translated into over 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. At the time of joining the Club his recent books include “The Sixth Man” and his newest novel, “Zero Day”. He joined the Kindle Club in November 2011.
13. Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is now the second indie author (following John Locke) to reach this milestone via Kindle Direct Publishing. At the time of joining she is the best-selling author of 10 books, including the Trylle Trilogy, which has been optioned for films. She joined the Kindle Club in November 2011.
14. Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer is the author of six novels, including the best-selling Twilight Saga series, a global phenomenon that has been published in 50 languages around the world with over 116 million copies sold worldwide. She joined the Kindle Club in November 2011.
I plan to update this page each time another author joins the “Club”.
Gary McLaren is the author of “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks” a 200+ page guide to publishing your ebooks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore and more. It is available for download here.