A couple of posts ago, I talked about the success of several self-published authors. One of those authors—Amanda Hocking, twenty-six-year-old novelist of young-adult paranormal books—has earned over two million dollars selling her self-published books. Well, this young lady has done it again.
The New York Times reported that Ms. Hocking just signed a four-book deal with St. Martin’s Press for . . . are you ready for this? Over two-million dollars. I understand that there was an intense bidding war among several high-profile publishers, but when the ante hit two-mill, all but St. Martin’s Press bailed out.
Although I can’t help but admit that I’m envious of her overwhelming success, I admire and respect her incredible achievement. When you consider Ms. Hocking’s age, can you even imagine what the future holds for this talented young writer?
I love to hear rags-to-riches stories like Ms. Hocking’s. It gives all writers hope that anything is possible. I take my hat off to you, Ms. Hocking. I only hope that someday, one of my fellow writers will post a similar blog about me.
In case you’re interested, here is a link to Ms. Hocking’s web site: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/