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This is the catch for a novel that allowed self-published writer Adam Croft to redeem his loan from his back room in just 20 week, sell 150,000 books and win a contract with Amazon. At first, they" dribbled" until they went so far that Croft decided that he would start working full-time.
Since then Croft has released eight more works, seven of which are part of his Kempston Hardwick and Knight and Culverhouse family. No Amazon publishes retail numbers, but Croft says that he has been selling around 350,000 titles in five years until the gamechanger: his latest novel, Her Last Tomorrow. Selling 150,000 in just five month, this mystery story is estimated to have achieved a turnover of 1 million ($1.4 million) in 2016, up from 20,000 ($29,000) in 2015.
In order to put this into perspective, a 2014 poll of nearly 2,500 working British publishers found that the media revenue of the UK based writer was only 11,000 ($16,000), while a 2015 US writer poll showed that the media dropped below the breadline - a decline due to "several drivers directly related to Amazon's part in the contemporary publishing landscape".
Croft's success is based on a new Enders Analysis review released by the bookseller, which found that 40 of Amazon US's top 100 best-selling e-books were released in March. Self-editing will "only become more attractive" as an author-adoption, says the paper, pointing out that "in the middle run it is the biggest menace to established publishing companies... and publishing houses cannot be complacent".
But the media has not convinced everyone: The creator of Profile Book, Andrew Franklin, said an "overwhelming majority" of self-published titles were "terrible - unspeakable garbage", while the writer Jonathan Franzen described Amazon's self-publishing style as "Yakkers and Trumpeters and Boasters".