Bestselling Self-Published Authors on Amazon

Bestselling Self-Published Authors on Amazon

  • Andy Weir, most recognised for his 2011 self-published Amazon novel “The Martian”, has sold 5 million copies in North America alone.
  • The hit science-fiction book was turned into a movie in 2015, grossing $630 million worldwide.
  • Weir has since sold film adaptation rights for his book “Project Hail Mary” to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $3 million, in 2020.
  • Marie Force (multiple New York Times bestselling author) has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
  • As of 2016, 80% of her revenue came from 30 self-published titles.
  • She expected this to trend towards 70% through later contract opportunities.
  • Her business also hit eight-figure revenue figures that year.
  • Marie Force believes self-publishing through KDP created a huge positive impact on her career.
  • Hugh Howey, author of “Wool”, claimed in 2012 that due to Kindle Direct Publishing, he was achieving six-figure monthly revenue numbers.
  • As of early 2023, its television series is set to premiere on Apple TV+.

Self-published Amazon authors

Marie Force

  • Worldwide, her books have sold over 12 million copies.
  • She specializes in contemporary, suspense and erotic romance novels.
  • Her books have also been translated into 12+ languages.
  • As of 2016, her business also hit eight-figure revenue figures
  • During the same year, 80% of her revenue came from 30 self-published titles.
  • At the time she expected this to trend towards 70% through future contracts.
  • She believes the greatest positive impact on her career was created by her decision to become self-published.
  • Marie Force’s career highlights include:
    • New York Times bestseller list over 30 times
    • USA Today bestseller
    • #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
    • Der Spiegel bestseller (Germany)

LJ Ross

  • LJ Ross has sold over 8 million book copies globally.
  • She found her success in writing romance suspense thrillers.
  • Holy Island (2015) was her debut book, becoming an instant bestseller across the globe. 
  • Her novels have also reached the #1 spot more than 20 times.
  • In 2020, she became the first self-published author to receive a nomination for a British Book Award.

Stephanie Bond

  • Across multiple formats and languages, Stephanie Bond has sold over 7 million copies. 
  • Overall, she has published over 100 novels, predominantly within the genres of romance and mystery.
  • In 2012, she attained the bestselling self-published Kindle book with “Our Husband”.
  • 4 years later, The Hallmark Channel decided to adapt her romantic comedy “Stop the Wedding!” into a movie.
  • Her project “COMA GIRL”, an online daily serial, was also chosen as an option for a television series by CBS Studios in 2018.

Rebecca Zanetti

  • She has sold more than 5 million copies of her books worldwide.
  • A bestselling author of paranormal, contemporary and suspense romance novels.
  • Overall, the author has published 60+ novels, with translations spanning several languages.
  • Her novels have also been included in Amazon’s best books of the year.
  • Rebecca Zanetti’s career highlights include:
    • #1 Amazon bestseller
    • New York Times bestseller
    • USA Today bestseller
    • Publishers Weekly bestseller

Andy Weir

  • Andy Weir is most recognised for his 2011 novel “The Martian”, which has sold 5 million copies in North America alone.
  • He originally decided to self-publish its full manuscript on Amazon, where it achieved bestseller status.
  • The book was turned into a movie in 2015, grossing $630 million worldwide.
  • Weir has since sold film adaptation rights for his 2021 book “Project Hail Mary” to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $3 million, in early 2020.
  • Film rights to his 2017 book “Artemis” have also been purchased by 20th Century Studios alongside New Regency.
  • Due to these successful works, he is revered within the sci-fi and fantasy communities.

Rachel Abbott

  • 4 million copies of her books have been sold in English.
  • Her works have also been translated into over 20 different languages.
  • With an overall focus on psychological thrillers, she is most recognized for her “DCI Tom Douglas” series of books.
  • Rachel Abbott’s career highlights include:
    • Amazon’s most popular independently published author: UK (2015)
    • Amazon’s number one e-book seller: crime and thriller writing (2015)
    • 14th bestselling author over the last five years on Amazon’s Kindle: UK (2015)

A.G Riddle

  • In total, his sci-fi novels have sold 4+ million copies worldwide across 24 languages.
  • “The Atlantis Gene” was his debut novel, selling 3 million copies across the globe.
  • He attributes part of the success of his first book to Amazon’s ability to promote trending books.
  • A selection of his books are also in development for feature films.

Hugh Howey

  • With a focus on science-fiction, his works have sold over 3 million copies globally.
  • Howey first published his novel “Wool” through Amazon KDP in 2011. 
  • He opted for the platform as he wanted to allow himself more freedom by means of self-publishing.
  • The film rights to “Wool” were eventually sold to 20th Century Fox in 2012. 
  • Despite this, he retains the personal right to fully continue distributing “Wool” online.
  • The author claimed that due to Kindle Direct Publishing, he was achieving six-figure monthly revenue numbers, as of the same year.
  • As of early 2023, a TV series of “Wool” is set to premiere on Apple TV+.

Tricia O’Malley

  • Sold over three million copies, spanning the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance and mystery.
  • She has been a bestselling author on the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.
  • The author claims that the decision to publish with Amazon and KDP positively changed her life.

Mark Dawson

  • Has achieved 2 million+ book downloads in multiple countries and languages.
  • As of 2015, he had made $750,000 from self-published Amazon books since his first release.
  • He has 20+ books published across the thriller genre, as of 2022.

Jeff Carson

  • Over 2 million copies sold worldwide.
  • An Amazon #1 international bestselling author of thriller novels.
  • Famous for the series of David Wolf and Ali Falco.
  • He chose to self-publish with Amazon due to the platform’s ability to reach the most readers in the simplest way.

Joanna Penn

  • A bestselling author on the New York Times and USA Today.
  • She has sold just under 1 million copies through 35+ fiction and nonfiction books.
  • Amazon sales accounted for 62% of her revenue in 2019 and 55% of her revenue in 2021.

Self-publishing through kindle direct publishing FAQ

When was KDP launched?

Why was KDP created?

  • Kindle Direct Publishing was created in 2007 in order to encourage writers to publish new material through a user-friendly platform.

How many authors use KDP?

  • Kindle Direct Publishing has been used by millions of self-published writers, contributing to a vast number of successful careers.

What are the benefits of KDP?

  • KDP allows indie authors to publish books across different formats for free.
  • The platform also makes books easily available to consumers in multiple marketplaces and countries.