File this one under “Don’t Get It Twisted.” Amanda Hocking, who signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million dollars, with St. Martin’s Press, said in an interview with The Huffington Post, that being known as the paradigm of how one becomes successful by self-publishing, is not something she’s interested in:
I don’t mind people looking at my career for advice or as a model to follow. But I don’t want to be the leader of any movement – at least not this one.”
Hocking enjoyed a highly successful self-publishing career prior to her St. Martin’s deal, selling over a million copies of nine self published books and earning two million dollars from sales, something previously unheard of for self-published authors. In early 2011, Hocking averaged 9,000 book sales each day.
Though she may not want to lead the self-publishing revolution, her career has proven how ” the internet is revolutionizing publishing.”
From THP: “In 2011, after nine years of solid writing and endless rejection letters, she decided to self-publish her Trylle Trilogy on Kindle eBooks. A little over a year later she’d sold more than a million copies and pocketed $2m.
And so, just as The Arctic Monkeys spent the first year of their success never seeing their name without the words ‘MySpace’ and ‘internet sensation’ written next to it, ‘self-publishing’ and ‘eBooks’ will accompany Hocking for the time being.'”
Hocking tells THP that publishing has become a war-zone with self-published advocates and practitioners pitted against traditional publishers and, she doesn’t see the dissonance as being proactive:
People view it as a battle between self-publishing and traditional publishing, but I don’t feel that way, and nor do a lot of writers. We should be working together. The goal as a writer is to get our work to readers. Publishing is a means to an end, not what it’s all about.”
The St. Martin deal started with Switched, the first novel in her fantasy series about trolls. Released earlier this month, Switched concerns Wendy Everly, who at six years old, was nearly killed by her mother who believed she was a monster. 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.
To read the full interview, check out THP.