That headline might seem relatively commonplace, but this is a pretty amazing development – maybe even more amazing than Amanda Hocking’s success. The news (emphasis added):
Self-published author John Locke has signed a deal with a traditional publisher. The print editions of John Locke Books will be sold and distributed by Simon & Schuster, the company announced Monday.
Locke was the first — and so far, only — self-published author to sell a million Kindle ebooks. He writes thrillers starring the character Donovan Creed, and has published a popular how-to book, “How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!”
It appears from Simon & Schuster’s announcement that Locke will retain control over his ebook publishing, while print editions of his books will be sold and distributed by Simon & Schuster.
This is the biggest self-publishing/traditional publishing hybrid yet – aside from JK Rowling’s Pottermore, where’s she’s self-releasing the ebooks via a mainstream partnership. This is totally different, in that Locke started as a self-publisher, and doesn’t have to lose any of his independence. Simon & Schuster were willing to give up the huge amount of money they could potentially get from his ebook rights to sell some print copies. In effect, they’re saying we can’t do it any better than he’s doing it himself.
I’ve always admired the arrangement Beck has had – he’s released major label records, while still retaining the independence to put out small-label records. This is very much a model that publishers should adopt, and the Locke deal is setting the template.
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Author of The American Book of the Dead, which won Best Fiction at the DIY Book Festival and the Gold IPPY Award for Visionary Fiction. Largehearted Boy says it's "reminiscent of Philip K. Dick and Haruki Murakami, a book that boldly explores the future and defies genre." Also the author of North of Sunset, winner of the Hollywood Book Festival Grand Prize, and The Golden Calf - first published by Soft Skull Press, with editions in the U.K. (Rebel Inc.) and France (Hachette Littératures). Henry was a finalist along with Alan Moore and Dr Brooke Magnanti for his novel " God's Wife" at for Best Writer at The Erotic Awards London UK in 2013. He lives with his wife Cate Baum in Los Angeles. He is the founder of SPR. Visit henrybaum.com for more information.