Yesterday (Wednesday 5 August), Amazon unveiled its top-selling ebook authors and the top 20 list includes self-published author, Rachel Abbot.
Abbot is the most popular self-published Kindle author in the UK. She writes dark, psychological thrillers and she is number 14 in the list of top-selling ebooks.
She self-published her first book in November 2011, after having taken early retirement. The book started slowly, after she had emailed everyone she knew asking them to buy it but then sales began to pick up. She created her own marketing plan.
By February 2012, her book had become the number one best-selling self-published book. She has since published three more novels and her total sales (including the paperbacks which she has also self-published) total more than 1.5 million.
She marketed her books through Twitter and other social media. Her books are priced at £3.48 and considers herself as “doing well financially”. She has no plans to sign up with a mainstream publisher, although she does have an agent.
Tracy Bloom is the UK’s second most popular independently published author. There are six self-published authors in Amazon’s top 100 Kindle authors of all time (based on UK sales).