Friday, November 4, 2011

An open letter to John Locke (author of Saving Rachel and the Donovan Creed series)


It is time for you to open your own independent authors’ agency. I will be your first client.

You are the undisputed master of applying social networking to book marketing. The first self-published author in history to have sold one million eBooks on Kindle. Your Donovan Creed thriller series has sold more than 1,200,000 downloads since January, 2011. You have what it takes to sell books in the 21st century.

I am getting outstanding reviews for my debut thriller, HILL 170. Published via the Amazon Kindle (thanks to the examples set by you, Hocking and Konrath) this spring, HILL 170 is the story of an Air Force intelligence op stationed in Korea whose remarkable string of intel discoveries have suddenly made him the #1 target of China’s master assassin. It is a race against the clock as East and West square off in a chillingly authentic story of defections, betrayals and clandestine intelligence operations.

Thanks to a friend’s virtual book tour, the novel has already found a foothold with a wide variety of readers outside of its core audience.

I want your help getting HILL 170 into a much greater number of hands. For you there is the full, standard agent’s commission with minimal overhead; for me, an octane fueled boost to kickstart my writing career.

And just think, when we sell anywhere near what you’ve accomplished with your works you’ll be able to write yet another book with a catchy title - How I Turned Lackluster Sales Into A Major Success.

It’s a challenge. And right behind me stand dozens more ready to fill the Locke Agency portfolio.

Michael Barclay

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