So I just finished the second book in Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy this week and loved it. For those of you who don’t know her story, Hocking began writing short stories before the age of 12. She wrote her first novel at age 17. Nine years later, at age 26, she had written a total of 17 (yes, you read that right –seventeen) novels, all unpublished.
After 9 years of novel writing, and after facing rejection from oodles of agents and publishing houses, Amanda Hocking decided to epublish on Amazon. Hocking has said the motivation was partly financial (she really wanted to go see a Jim Henson exhibit in Chicago, which would have cost her a few hundred dollars for the travel and motel, and she couldn’t afford it) and partly out of a self-imposed goal that she would be published by age 26 (the same age Stephen King was when he was first published).
In February of 2010, Hocking received her last rejection letter; by April of 2010 she hit the “publish” button on Amazon for the first time. Hocking sold over one million copies of her books in the first year alone. It’s something of an eBook Cinderella story. When things didn’t work out for her through the traditional route, Hocking proved that a writer could e-publish her own work and still make the New York Times best seller list. Regardless of your stance on epublishing and/or traditional publishing, Hocking’s story is nothing short of amazing.
Hocking is now published through St. Martin’s Press.
Since I’m in awe of Amanda Hocking this week, I’ve decided to post a video series where Hocking gives advice to new and unpublished writers. Enjoy!