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Amazon VP Reveals Rare Sales Stats

Amazon Publishing VP Jeff Belle revealed some rare sales stats in an email sent to literary agents this week. PaidContent has a copy of the whole email.

Since December, Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint has sold more than 250,000 copies of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series. In addition, AmazonCrossing authors Oliver Pötzsch have both sold half a million books in their life-to-date sales with Amazon.

Here is an excerpt from the letter: “At the end of July, we released The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover. It quickly rose to the #5 spot on our Kindle bestseller list, and is already well on its way to surpassing 100,000 copies. War Brides by Helen Bryan occupied the Kindle Top 10 for most of July and August, and has now sold over 300,000 Kindle copies. We’re thrilled about our list for the rest of 2012, which includes Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels (all 14 books), as well as inaugural titles from our New York imprint, such as My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall, andThe 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss.”
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Montlake Romance to Seek Agent Submitted Submissions

Amazon Publishing VP Jeff Belle explained that the bookseller’s new Montlake Romance imprint will accept agent-submitted manuscripts. “We’re looking for the highest quality stories, wherever they may come from,” he said.

Montlake Romance will publish its inaugural title, The Other Guy’s Bride by Connie Brockway, in November. Follow this link to download a digital copy of the book’s first three chapters.

In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Belle explained: “The acquisitions process includes agent-submitted unpublished works, in addition to the acquisition process we have established for our other imprints … Our acquisition process includes unpublished works, some of which we acquire through working with agents.”

(via Jane L)

Amazon Launches Fourth eBook Imprint ‘Montlake Romance’

Amazon will be launching its fourth imprint, Montlake Romance. Novelist Connie Brockway will start the imprint with her fall 2011 title, The Other Guy’s Bride.

Named after the Montlake neighborhood in Seattle, the imprint will publish romance titles from a range of sub-genres including suspense, contemporary, and historical.

eBookNewser linked to a statement from Amazon Publishing vice president Jeff Belle: “Romance is one of our biggest and fastest growing categories, particularly among Kindle customers, so we can’t wait to make The Other Guy’s Bride and other compelling titles available to romance fans around the world. We also know our customers enjoy genre fiction of all kinds, so we are busy building publishing businesses that will focus on additional genres as well.”

Amazon Launches Foreign Language Imprint AmazonCrossing

amazonlogoed23.pngToday Amazon.com, Inc. unveiled an unexpected new foreign language imprint, AmazonCrossing.

The program will focus on “English-language translations of foreign-language books,” opening with a translation Tierno Monenembo‘s novel, The King of Kahel–published in English for the first time in November 2010. Both print and Kindle editions will be sold.

Here’s more from Jeff Belle, Amazon’s Vice President of Books: “The goal of our publishing programs is to introduce readers to terrific authors they might not otherwise have the chance to know … Our international customers have made us aware of exciting established and emerging voices from other cultures and countries that have not been translated for English-language readers. These great voices and great books deserve a wider audience, and that’s why we created AmazonCrossing.” (Via Eoin Purcell)