Amanda Hocking: The Author Who Made Millions by Self-Publishing Her Novels Now Makes Millions Being Published

by |December 20, 2011

Publishing sensation Amanda Hocking’s story reads like a fairy tale. She self-published her novels and sold a million copies within a year or so. The very thought of such overnight success can cause normally quite reasonable unpublished authors to lose their heads. On the strength of a headline – ‘Self-published author makes money’  – thousands of authors have flown off to self-publish their manuscripts, too.

But as with all dazzling success stories, Amanda’s  was preceded by much hard work.  I doubt whether it felt like an overnight success to Amanda. She received rejection slips just like every other writer.  But she knew the value of her work and she kept on writing. She wrote dozens of novels, submitted them and got knocked back. She hungered for an audience. So in the end, self-publishing wasn’t an act of rebellion, it was an at of desperation. No one else would publish them.

What Amanda then did was sell her self-published eBooks for only 99c each. Cheap as chips. Readers could taste her work with very little investment.  And she supported her self-published eBooks via social media. To do this properly you need to devote hours and hours of you time and you need to develop relationships.

But in the end, if the books Amanda wrote were crap the story would have ended right there. She would be just another self-published author. One among millions. But they weren’t crap. Readers responded to them. They came back for the sequels. They came back for Amanda’s other novels. Word spread. So, in the end it was the readers who turned Amanda Hocking into one of publishing most surprising success stories.

And the final chapter? In a million dollar deal, Amanda is now being published by one of the publishers she had once failed to excite.

The Trylle Trilogy

1. Switched

Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world. Switched is the book that started the phenomenon. Prepare to be enchanted…

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

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2. Torn

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to marry a powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted… in both worlds.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

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3. Ascend

Ascend is the final chapter in the bestselling Trylle trilogy—and you’ll never guess how it ends!

Having assumed her rightful place as the Trylle Queen, Wendy Everly must save everyone she loves—and the kingdom she’s fought so hard for—from her cruel Vittra rivals. Oren’s immortality renders him nearly impossible to defeat, and if he can’t have Wendy’s power for his own, he’s determined to destroy her and her friends…including Finn and Loki. As Wendy faces her toughest enemy yet, she’s also forced to make the ultimate choice—who to love for the rest of her life. Everything has been leading up to this moment, and now it’s all coming to a finish. Don’t miss the final chapter in the Trylle trilogy, an epic finale that will leave you breathless!

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “Ever After,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

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