Self-published author Sheila Rodgers has sold a million copies of her e-book Only the Innocent and two sequels, agent Lizzy Kremer has confirmed.
Rodgers, who writes under the pen name Rachel Abbott, sold her books through Amazon Kindle after being rejected by literary agents. The first, Only the Innocent, was published in 2011, followed by The Back Road and Sleep Tight. All three books in the series have reached number one on the Kindle store and are still in the top 100.
Literary agent Lizzy Kremer of David Higham Associates, who took on Rodgers as a client in 2012, told the Sunday Times: “She is probably the UK’s biggest selling independently published author.”
Despite having a deal with an American publisher for her first two books, Rodgers decided to part ways when the publisher wanted world English rights for the third book as she thought that she was selling enough independently.
The series focuses on Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas, who Rodgers describes as “a genuinely honest, nice guy who just seems to be attracted to the wrong women.” A fourth book in the series, titled Stranger Child, will be published on 24th February. The books are currently being sold on Amazon at £3.48 for Kindle purchase and £7.75 in paperback.
Rodgers is a former systems analyst who founded an interactive media company, before selling it in 2000 and renovating a 15th-century Italian monastery into a wedding and conference venue. She is now a full-time writer and lives with her husband on Alderney in the Channel Islands.