Laura Palmer, Fiction Editorial Director at Head of Zeus has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to eight novels in the hit US series DONOVAN CREED by John Locke, from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

John Locke is one of a very select group of authors (and the first self-published author) to sell more than a million ebooks, a group that includes Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, E. L. James, Lee Child and Charlaine Harris.

The Donovan Creed series was self-published until recently when Simon & Schuster US signed a print distribution deal with the author. The series immediately hit the New York Times bestseller list, with over 1.72 million copies sold in 2011.

Head of Zeus will publish the first three in the series in e and paperback for Christmas 2012.

Fiction Editorial Director Laura Palmer said: “Fast and furious action, smart and sexy characters, including former CIA assassin Donovan Creed – when you turn the last page, all you want to do is pick up the next DONOVAN CREED novel.”