Indie author challenging James Patterson, J.K. Rowling for top spot on Amazon's bestseller list

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#1 J.K. Rowling, #2 James Patterson, #3 Elle Casey

If you're looking for signs of change in the publishing industry, look no further than Elle Casey. 

This American author is currently owning the bestseller charts and building a fan base of voracious readers from her country home in the hills of France. 

Of the 40+ novels she's published in the past four years, all but five are self-published, and with her latest Montlake Romance release, her books hold 3 spots on Amazon's Top 20 Bestsellers list.

Unlike a strictly traditional author, hybrid author Ms. Casey isn't limited by New York publishers' standard mold; she crosses genres to suit her mood. She's covered many of them…romance, fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, suspense…and her fans love her for it. 

With the release of her latest novel, Wrong Question, Right Answer, she's leapt past perennial favorites like John Grisham and Stephen King, coming in #3 behind #1 J.K. Rowling and #2 James Patterson, with over 10,000 copies sold since its release on August 23rd.

The flexibility of her hybrid status means she can write and publish as often as she wants, which to date means nearly one book a month, and her rankings and positive reviews show there's no lack of quality in her work. 

Fear of agent and publisher rejection held her back from writing for years but with Amazon opening the door to self-publishing via ebooks, she took a chance and released her first novel Wrecked directly to readers in January of 2012 and has never looked back.
"My readers are the only real validation I need, and so far they're telling me to keep on writing, so that's what I'm going to do," Casey said.
ELLE CASEY, a former attorney and teacher, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American author who lives in France with her husband, three kids, and a number of furry friends. She has written books in several genres and publishes an average of one full-length novel per month.

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