Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stockett and Evanovich Join Amazon’s Million Sellers Kindle Club

Kathryn Stockett (The Help) and Janet Evanovich (Smokin’ Seventeen) have become the latest authors to enter Amazon’s million-sellers group. According to the Los Angeles Times:
So far, it's a pretty small club. Steig Larsson was the first to cross the 1-million Kindle ebook mark first, followed by thriller-writer James Patterson and romance maven Nora Roberts. Then came Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books, which are the basis for the HBO vampire series "True Blood." Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Michael Connelly are also million-sellers. Independent author John Locke was the first to become a Kindle million-seller without the support of a major publisher.
Interestingly enough, these latest entries are possibly both fueled at least in part by sales due to film tie-ins. As the Times points out with The Help, “Last week, the film adaptation was released; the movie came in second at the box office over the weekend and, apparently, sparked the interest of Kindle owners who hadn't yet purchased the book.”

Evanovich, of course, has a long publishing history and a terrific sales record with her Stephanie Plum books. Even so, the fact that a film version of the first of the Plum books, One for the Money, is due in theaters in January may be contributing.

The Julie Anne Robinson-directed movie looks as though it may do justice to Evanovich’s popular books, too. Starring Katherine Heigl, John Leguizamo, Daniel Sunjata, Jason O’Mara (Ranger and Joe Morelli respectively) and with Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur the film sounds terrific, though it isn’t the first time One For the Money has made it to the screen. A TV movie starring Lynn Collins and directed by David Grossman, didn’t exactly wow audiences when it was released back in 2002.

One for the Money will be released on January 27th.



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