Kerry Wilkinson's Jessica Daniel detective novels have sold more than 250,000 copies on Kindle.

This article titled “Self-published ebook author becomes Amazon's top seller” was written by Alison Flood, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 8th February 2012 16.58 UTC

A self-published author has beaten names including Lee Child, James Patterson and Stieg Larsson to become the bestselling ebook author on Amazon.co.uk for the last three months of 2011, the online retailer said on Wednesday.

Kerry Wilkinson, 31, self-published Locked In, the first book in his Jessica Daniel series of detective novels, last year, only to find it shoot up the UK's Kindle charts. The three-book series has now sold more than a quarter of a million copies, with Locked In selling its 100,000th copy on Christmas Eve and becoming the top seller on Amazon's UK Kindle store for the last quarter of 2011. Kindle EU director Gordon Willoughby said the news was a “significant milestone” for independent publishing in the UK. Self-published author Katie Stephens also took the fifth slot over the same period with her debut novel Candles on the Sand.

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