Editorial Reviews. Review. "There is no denying that Amanda Hocking knows how to tell a Switched (A Trylle Novel Book 1) - Kindle edition by Amanda Hocking. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Step into a wondrously strange new world with this dazzling new standalone novel by Amanda Hocking,New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin. Amanda Hocking is twenty-six years old, lives in Minnesota and had never sold a single book before 15 April She will shortly sell her millionth. Her books.
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A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking needed to raise a few hundred houses, and slap them up on site and other digital ebook sites. Amanda Hocking Made Millions By Selling Cent Books — And You Personally, I routinely spend 99 cents on new eBooks from places like. Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota, had never sold a book before April and now 'the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks'.
Hocking had written a series of novels over the preceding nine years, each of which had been rejected by countless agents and publishing houses.
She decided, sitting in her apartment, to put them up for sale on site. She listed the first at 99 cents. Her success is a product of hard work, great writing, and smart decision making. See, one of the best things about being a self-published author is you get to call the shots.
That includes establishing the most appropriate price point for your books, along with shaping your larger strategy for obtaining readers. Hocking utilized this freedom intelligently. In short summary: She listed the first book in her series for just 99 cents — incurring a loss. In effect, she encouraged readers to take an easy chance on that lower price point, then hooked them with the quality of the series. It worked.
She eventually sold the rights to four of her books to St. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling emails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Saved at Sunrise. The Rising. Kelley Armstrong. City of Heavenly Fire. Cassandra Clare.
Born at Midnight. The Drake Chronicles.
The Ruby Circle. Richelle Mead. The Elite. Jennifer L. Clockwork Princess. Sweet Reckoning. Wendy Higgins. Sea of Shadows. If I Should Die. Amy Plum. Until I Die.
Queen of Shadows. Sarah J. The Calling. Beautiful Redemption. Kami Garcia. Silver Shadows. The Iron Knight. Julie Kagawa. Spell Bound. Rachel Hawkins. Sweet Peril.
Ally Condie. The Lost Prince. The Eternity Cure. The Crown. The Iron Traitor. Sweet Evil. Lauren Oliver.
Kaitlyn Davis. A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Alpha Divided. Aileen Erin. Heir of Fire. Red Queen.
Victoria Aveyard. The Afterglow Trilogy. Alyssa Rose Ivy.
Morgan Rice. Lady Midnight. Die for Me. Resurrected Book 9 in the Vampire Journals. Marissa Meyer. Fallen Star Series: Books By the start of , she had amassed a total of 17 unpublished novels, all gathering digital dust on the desktop of her laptop. She received her last rejection letter in February Hocking says she hasn't kept the letter, which is a crying shame because it would surely have been an invaluable piece of self-publishing memorabilia.
As far as she can remember, the last "thanks-but-no-thanks" came from a literary agent in the UK. If that agent is reading this article, please don't beat yourself up about this. We all make mistakes April 15 should also be noted by historians of literature. On that day, Hocking made her book available to Kindle readers on site's website in her bid to raise the cash for the Muppets trip. Following tips she'd gleaned from the blog of JA Konrath , an internet self-publishing pioneer, she also uploaded to Smashwords to gain access to the Nook, Sony eReader and iBook markets.
It wasn't that difficult. A couple of hours of formatting, and it was done. Within a few days, she was selling nine copies a day of My Blood Approves , a vampire novel set in Minneapolis.
By May she had posted two further books in the series, Fate and Flutter , and sold copies. June saw sales rise to more than 4, and in July she posted Switched , her personal favourite among her novels that she wrote in barely more than a week. By January last year she was selling more than , a month. Multiply that by a million — last November Hocking entered the hallowed halls of the Kindle Million Club , with more than 1m copies sold — and you are talking megabucks.
The speed of her ascent has astonished Hocking more than anyone. There is certainly something to that argument. The arrival of Hocking onto the Kindle bestseller lists in barely over a year is symptomatic of a profound shift in the book world that has happened contiguously. Her rise has occurred at precisely the moment that self-publishing itself turned from poor second cousin of the printed book into a serious multi-million dollar industry.
Two years ago self-publishing was itself denigrated as "vanity publishing" — the last resort of the talentless. Not any more. A survey carried out last year by the book blog Novelr found that of the top 25 bestselling indie authors on Kindle, only six had ever previously enjoyed print deals with major book publishers.
That's the kind of statistic that made Penguin's chief executive, John Makinson, say recently that he saw "dark clouds" gathering in But Hocking's new-found stature as self-publishing vanguardista is not something she welcomes. Self-publishing is great, but I don't want to be an icon for it, or anything else.
I would rather people talk about the books than how I publish them.
Sure, Hocking has got rich, quickly. But what about the nine years before she began posting her books when she wrote 17 novels and had every one rejected?
And what about the hours and hours that she's spent since April dealing with technical glitches on Kindle, creating her own book covers, editing her own copy, writing a blog , going on Twitter and Facebook to spread the word, responding to emails and tweets from her army of readers? Just the editing process alone has been a source of deep frustration, because although she has employed own freelance editors and invited her readers to alert her to spelling and grammatical errors, she thinks her ebooks are riddled with mistakes.
It's exhausting, and hard to do. And it starts to wear on you emotionally.