I’ve been following J. A. Konrath for a while, and have enjoyed him railing against traditional publishing in a much more vocal and high-profile way that I ever have.

Naturally, many haven’t enjoyed his work as much – and I would think that would include almost all of traditional (read “paper”) publishing itself.

He’s long been the tall poppy to attack when people want to prove that self-publishing  – or, more accurately, author publishing in his case – is an adberation that will soon die out. Whether these barbs have their genesis among traditional publishers is hard to say, but I would think at least some do.

But it’s getting harder for people to make the idea that Konrath is a freak of nature (although his bio photos sometimes don’t help!) in the sense of his success, and especially his success comparative to how he was doing when he stuck to just paper publishing.

He’s sort of become a lighting rod for other successful self-publishers, and the noise is growing.

The other day Robin Sullivan (she’s the wife of the guy in fourth spot below) blogged this little tidbit on Konrath’s site:

The ”JA Konrath is selling a lot of ebooks because of his traditional publishing background” presumption has practically become an internet meme, being parroted by both my detractors and indie authors. This misconception makes it easy to dismiss me as an anomaly, which means people don’t have to actually examine the issue and seek more data.

So I’m happy to provide that data.

These are DECEMBER sales figures for some indie authors. In other words, they account for only 31 days of sales.

Are you ready to be blown away?

Blake Crouch – 2500+
Nathan Lowell – 2500+
Beth Orsoff – 2500+
Sandra Edwards – 2500+
Vianka Van Bokkem – 2500+
Maria Hooley – 2500+
C.S. Marks – 2500+
Lee Goldberg – 2500+
Lexi Revellian – 4000+
Zoe Winters – 4000+
Aaron Patterson – 4000+
Bella Andre – 5000+
Imogen Rose – 5000+
Ellen Fisher – 5000+
Tina Folsom – 5000+
Terri Reid – 5000+
David Dalglish – 5000+
Scott Nicholson – 10,000+
J.A. Konrath 10,000+
Victorine Lieske – 10,000+
L.J. Sellers – 10,000+
Michael R. Sullivan – 10,000+
H.P. Mallory – 20,000+
Stephen Leather – 30,000+
Amanda Hocking – 100,000+

No need to hurt your neck in a doubletake – these are alarmingly high figures. But it’s the growing length of the list that I think will worry traditional publishing the most. Twenty-five self-pubs who are making more than $5k a month from their work.

Amanda Hocking – if she sold ever books at $2.99, taking home 70% of that, she’s pocketing more than $209,000 for the month. NOw I don’t know what YOU earn, but, well … you get the point.

I wonder what the real length of the list is. These are just the ones that Konrath and co. know about.

Via Jason Davis’ BookBee