- Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking Born July 12, 1984 Occupation Author Genres Young-adult fiction Subjects Paranormal romance
Hocking lives in Austin, Minnesota. Employed as an assisted living worker until 2010, she wrote 17 novels in her spare time. In April 2010, she began self-publishing them as e-books. By March 2011, she had sold over a million copies of nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, something previously unheard of for self-published authors. In early 2011, Hocking averaged 9,000 book sales each day.
Hocking's published work, so far entirely self-published, consists of My Blood Approves, a vampire romance series; the Trylle Trilogy, which covers a teenage girl's journey of self-discovery in an urban fantasy setting; and Hollowland, a zombie novel. The New York Times characterized her novels as "part quirky girl-like-Hocking characters, part breakneck pacing, part Hollywood-style action and part bodice-ripping romance – they are literature as candy, a mash-up of creativity and commerce."
In March 2011, Hocking signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million dollars, with St. Martin's Press. It concerns a new young-adult paranormal series to be called "Watersong." All three books in her previously self-published Trylle Trilogy have also been sold to St. Martin's Press, and will be released with them in early 2012 with wider distribution.
- My Blood Approves series:
- My Blood Approves (2010)
- Fate (2010)
- Flutter (2010)
- Wisdom (2010)
- Letters to Elise (novella, 2010)
- Swear (2012)
- Trylle Trilogy:
- Switched (self published 2010, with St. Martin's January 24, 2012)
- Torn (self published 2010, with St. Martin's February 28, 2012)
- Ascend (self published 2011, with St. Martin's April 24, 2012)
- The Hollows series:
- Hollowland (2010)
- Hollowmen (Fall 2011)
- Virtue (2011)
- Watersong series: (with St. Martin's)
- Wake (Fall 2012)
- Lullaby (2013)
- Tidal (TBA)
- Elegy (TBA)
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- ^ a b c Mewes, Trey (November 13, 2010). "Romance from beyond the veil". Austin Daily Herald. http://www.austindailyherald.com/2010/11/13/romance-from-beyond-the-veil/. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- ^ a b Millar, Sarah (3 March 2011). "How a failed author made $2 million from e-books". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/article/948078--how-a-failed-author-made-2-million-from-e-books. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- ^ Bosman, Julie (24 March 2011). "Self-Publisher Signs Four-Book Deal With St. Martin’s". New York Times. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/self-publisher-signs-four-book-deal-with-macmillan. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
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