John Locke sells one million eBooks
This really is a turning point in publishing -- Maryann Yin, of GalleyCat @ mediabistro.com, reports that crime fiction writer John Locke is the first self-published author to join the Kindle Million Club, joining just seven giant authors who have got there by the traditional route.
Locke has sold 1,010,370 Kindle books using Kindle Direct Publishing, the self-publishing arm of Amazon.com. Thus he has gained membership of an exclusive society that includes names like Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly, James Patterson.
He's not backward in promoting KDP in his press release, issuing this apparently very carefully prepared statement: "Kindle Direct Publishing has provided an opportunity for independent authors to compete on a level playing field with the giants of the book selling industry. Not only did KDP give me a chance, they helped at every turn. Quite simply, KDP is the greatest friend an author can have."
Only very exceptional traditional publishers get that kind of effusive praise from their authors.
Locke did have a very good track record to help him on his self-publishing way. He has produced (traditionally) several international bestsellers, including Vegas Moon, A Girl Like You, and Wish List.
I expect he will do even better with his next book, a nonfiction guide for writers, called How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months