Kindle revealed its list of top-selling ebook writers in the U.K. on Wednesday, and female authors topped the list. The top-selling author was E.L. James, the female author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, and the top two independent authors were female authors Rachel Abbott and Tracy Bloom, respectively. Abbott started writing as a way to pass the time after retiring, then decided to self-publish her work as ebooks. Her first book sold slowly at first, but she marketed her work in online discussion groups and built up a following on Twitter. Abbott is now the 14th best selling author overall on the Amazon device, having sold more than a million ebooks and outpacing several other big-name writers. She sees no need to seek out a mainstream publisher. Her books are currently priced at 3.48 in British pounds ($5.43 in U.S. dollars), and she takes home a 70 percent royalty. At those rates, a million copies would add up to $3.8 million. “Whatever it is I’m doing,” says Abbott, “it seems to be working.” Yeah, no kidding!
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