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The Phenomenon of Self Publishing

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It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to write a book you needed an agent to help you get a book deal, and, if you couldn’t get one of those, you had to try and obtain a book deal yourself. You queried, you sold yourself to the publishing companies, you’d send in pieces of your manuscripts and synopsis after synopsis. Sometimes you’d land a deal and become a published author. Often you’d get rejected – sometimes it could be productive and you’d get a rejected with some helpful criticism or feedback. More often as not though, you’d get rejected and that was simply that.

The most recent phenomenon in publishing is to self publish one’s ebook. This is no longer a flight of fancy, vanity only, or even quaint. In fact, it’s serious business and one that is becoming a sort of offshoot of blogging that just can’t be stopped.

Amanda Hocking is perhaps the best known of all the self published writers out there today. As a 26-year-old Minnesota native, a young woman who worked with adults with disabilities as her day job and wrote feverishly in her spare time, Hocking was convinced that she could tap into the supernatural, paranormal genre of vampires, zombies and the like which was so incredibly popular with the teen crowd. She had been writing her whole life and had diligently reworked her stories, edited them and sent them off to publishers in the traditional way, only to face rejection after rejection.

Finally fed up with the traditional route, Hocking decided to publish her books on her own and literally became a millionaire. Pricing her first books at 99 cents, Hocking was able to create an accessible product that was soon desired and avidly bought and read by thousands, and now millions of readers.
She recently signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for a “real” book publishing contract, to the tune of two million dollars.
For a link to Hocking’s amazing blog, click here: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/
For more about Hocking, click here: http://www.novelr.com/2011/02/27/rich-indie-writer

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Thanks for your comments Emily! I am a little behind the times with two kids, two animals, a house and a (very full) full time job - the Hocking story breaking a month ago is last week for folk like me!!!! I am fascinated with self publishing, though, and would love to learn more about the coaching you do - please feel free to email me at aimee.1@comcast.net if you have a moment I'd love to have a chat or echat... take care!!!


May 4, 2011 - 3:43pm
EmpowHER Guest

Brilliant, topical subject and what is being said by ALL Go Indie! enthusiasts. Yes, Amanda Hocking is, and continues to be self-published. In spite of her St. Martins Press contract [watch those royalty statements, Amanda ;] she will continue to IndiePub. Why? Because her TradPub contract will not start paying out against her advance until mid-2013. Then, in the 'Empowered' category, there is Barry Eisler, Boyd Morrison, and a whole host of other IndiePub authors who are tracked by guru Robin Sullivan on the Kindle page.

Self-publishing coaches, like myself, are even being contacted by their Traditional publishing coach siblings for tips and lessons. Hopefully, not too many of the IndiePubs will fork over their clients and revenue to these lonely traditional publishers who thumbed their noses at us up until [thank you!] Hocking made headlines.

Actually, the Hocking story was making the heavy-hitter circuit a month ago, but it's nice to see as many writers as possible picking up the spin. so, thanks! Aimee.

Now, if we could just weed out the Greg Mortenson's of the literary world! OMGosh! You don't know that story? Look it up! ;D

Emily Hill - All Smart Cookies Can Self Publish - on Amazon.com

April 22, 2011 - 9:07pm
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