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Authors Unite Against Sock Puppets

You’ve seen them, unbalanced user reviews on Amazon which either overpraise or unfairly criticize a book. Often referred to as “sock puppet reviews,” these fake reviews are done by authors and their friends to give their own books lots of stars and competing books unwarranted criticism.

Now a group of writers (along with the Society of Authors) are teaming up to swear off of this bad practice. The group — which includes authors Linwood Barclay, Tom Bale, Mark Billingham, Ramsey Campbell, and David Hewson, among many others.

In a group statement posted online, they called out Stephen LeatherJohn Locke, and RJ Ellory for messing with the user generated review process and called for Internet users to fight back. Here is an excerpt:

…the only lasting solution is for readers to take possession of the process. The internet belongs to us all. Your honest and heartfelt reviews, good or bad, enthusiastic or disapproving,­ can drown out the phoney voices, and the underhanded tactics will be marginalized to the point of irrelevance. No single author, ­ however devious, ­ can compete with the whole community. Read more

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George R.R. Martin Sells One Million Kindle eBooks

George R.R. Martin has sold one million Kindle books. He joins the growing “Kindle Million Club” list with Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly, John Locke, Janet Evanovich and Kathryn Stockett.

Kindle Content VP Russ Grandinetti pointed to the author’s most appealing eBook feature: “Martin’s series is simply epic … And an elaborate series like this is great on Kindle because you can turn the last page of book three at 10:30 at night, then buy book four and be on its first page at 10:31.”

Is selling a million Kindle books still a dramatic feat? On Twitter, journalist Sarah Weinman wondered: “at some point it will no longer be news that an author has made it to the Kindle Million Club. That time might even be now.”

Janet Evanovich & Kathryn Stockett Sell One Million Kindle eBooks

Authors Janet Evanovich and Kathryn Stockett have each sold more than a million Kindle books, joining what Amazon has termed the “Kindle Million Club.”

The authors join the likes of Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly and John Locke, who have also passed the million mark in sales of their eBooks in the Kindle Store. According to the release, Stockett is the first debut novelist to reach this milestone.

Evanovich’s latest novel Smokin’ Seventeen has spent more than 100 days on the Kindle Best Seller list. Stockett’s novel, The Help, has been No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and was just adapted into a film.

7 eBook Price Points Defended

How much should an eBook cost? To give publishers and authors some guidance, we’ve collected spirited defenses of seven different eBook prices–choose the price that works best for your writing.

According to a new and unscientific poll, Nathan Bransford found that 51 percent of his readers thought eBooks should be priced between $5 and $9.99. What is your favorite price point?

$0.99 Novelist John Locke sold more than one million eBooks with this price point: “When I saw that highly successful authors were charging $9.99 for an e-book, I thought that if I can make a profit at 99 cents, I no longer have to prove I’m as good as them … Rather, they have to prove they are ten times better than me.”

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Self-Published Author Sells 1 Million Kindle eBooks

John Locke has become the first self-published author to join the Kindle Million Club–the eighth author to sell one million eBooks through Amazon. Follow this link to read free samples of his novels.

Locke has sold 1,010,370 Kindle books using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). The club also counts Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson as members.

Locke had this statement in the release: “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.”

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Free Samples of John Locke eBooks

Today, Amazon announced that mystery author John Locke was the first self-published author to sell one million Kindle books, joining what the retailer calls the “Kindle Million Club.”

For your reading pleasure, we’ve put together a mixtape of free samples of Locke’s work.

If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the Hugo Award nominees, the Best Cookbooks of 2010, the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nominees, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalists, the 2011 Edgar Awards finalists, the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards winners, the 2011 Book Critics Circle Awards finalists, the Best Translated Books longlist, the Believer Book Awards shortlist, and the Best Books of 2010.

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