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Simon & Schuster in Sales & Distribution Agreement with John Locke — Telemachus Press will continue to Publish eBooks.

John LockeNEW YORK, August 22—John Locke, the New York Times bestselling author and the first self-published author in history to sell 1 million ebooks, has entered an exclusive agreement with Simon & Schuster for the sales and distribution of physical editions of his popular Donovan Creed novels. The novels will be published by John Locke Books and will be available for purchase wherever physical books are sold beginning February 2012.

While the million-plus sales of his digital editions put him in the company of a few select well-known, traditionally published authors such as Michael Connelly, Stieg Larsson, James Patterson and Nora Roberts, the agreement with Simon & Schuster marks the first time physical editions of Locke’s Donovan Creed titles will be widely available in both brick and mortar and online outlets. To date, there have been eight novels in the Donovan Creed series, all of which will be available under the distribution agreement, with more titles to follow.

“Not only does John Locke write terrific novels, he clearly knows his audience and has a deep understanding of how to reach them,” said Stephen Black, Vice President, Client Publisher Services for Simon & Schuster. “We are very excited that we can now help to expand John’s readership to include those millions of readers who still savor the joys of sitting down for a few hours of entertainment with a traditional paperback book. It is a win-win for all concerned.”

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John LockeOur very own John Locke Becomes the First Independently Published Author to Join the “Kindle Million Club!”

John Locke passes 1 Million Kindle books sold using Kindle Direct Publishing: SEATTLE, Jun 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — (NASDAQ: AMZN) – today announced that John Locke has become the eighth author to sell over 1 million Kindle books, becoming the newest member of the “Kindle Million Club,” and the first independently published author to receive this distinction. As of yesterday, John Locke has sold 1,010,370 Kindle books using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Kindle Direct Publishing is a fast and easy way for publishers and authors to start selling to Kindle customers worldwide via Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle with Special Offers, Kindle 3G with Special Offers, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac and Android-based devices. The Kindle Million Club recognizes authors whose books have sold over 1 million paid copies in the Kindle Store ( Locke joins Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Michael Connelly in the Kindle Million Club.

“It’s so exciting that self-publishing has allowed John Locke to achieve a milestone like this,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “We’re happy to see Kindle Direct Publishing succeeding for both authors and customers and are proud to welcome him to the Kindle Million Club.”

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(Originally posted October 2010 but deserves repeating). Hang in there, independent authors, because—God love you—you’re the future of bookselling!

Things are finally changing for self-published authors. Well, maybe not everywhere.  Not yet.  Certain book stores and publishing houses still look down their noses at us, and maybe some of our snooty friends are still arching a brow and sneering, ”So…you’re SELF-published?”

Well, don’t fault them for it. There will always be those who fail to spot trends. IBM squandered the chance to buy Microsoft for peanuts.  Microsoft blew the chance to buy Apple.  And Decca Records turned down the Beatles, going so far as to say “The Beatles have no future in show business.”  Instead, they signed The Tremeloes, who auditioned the same day.  (Who?)

But I digress.

It only takes two words to explain why self-published authors are the wave of the future: Electronic Books.

In July, reported eBooks were outselling hardcovers nearly two to one!  And why not?  They’re cheaper, they’re environmentally friendly, they don’t require a trip to the bookstore, you can download them in seconds, free of postage, and you can carry hundreds of them onto an airplane without adding an ounce of weight!

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In today’s book publishing world, old publicity techniques are no longer enough.  Talking your local paper into writing a small blurb about your opus won’t get you anywhere.  Social networking and Internet promotion are the keys to success in the new world of eBooks and print on demand.  One way to stir up a lot of really good noise about your book is a multimedia book trailer.

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LSI Distribution

Telemachus Press is an experienced provider of author services. We take your manuscript, cover ideas, and prepare all the necessary files and formats so that the end result is a professional, high-quality product. That is why Telemachus Press uses Lightning Source (LSI) for all Print On Demand (POD) requirements.

Lightning Source, owned by Ingram, is the leader in providing inventory-free on-demand print and distribution services for books to the publishing industry, both domestic and international.

Telemachus Press Author Services for POD include (but are not limited to):

  • Color Cover
  • Cover proof for your review (PDF)
  • Interior Formatting (Book Size Options)
  • PDF proof of book for your review before printing
  • ISBN Number and Barcode
  • Quality Service from People Who Care

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Bad formatting, especially in an eBook where page endings and special formatting do not exist dramatically affects the experience for the reader.  And unfortunately, can reflect very badly upon the author.  The reader becomes so distracted by the formatting that the story is forgotten, no matter how well written. And, as some authors know, can bring bad book reviews.

At Telemachus Press, we quality test your book on our in-house eReaders before the files are uploaded.  We care about the presentation of your book.

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