Self-published writer goes legit

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Last week, it was reported that Amanda Hocking, the young author who has reported made millions selling her e-books online, has signed with St. Martin's Press, an American publisher, for her next series.

Ms. Hocking made news earlier this year because she seemed to cut out the publishing "middle man" to sell her books directly to her readers. But the young author had fired back, noting that her success was unusual. She cautioned other writers not to emulate her in the hopes of similar results. 

Writers are struggling with the increasing demands of constant self-promotion in an 24-hour digital space and Ms. Hocking had previously admitted that self-publishing was a lot of work. In a recent New York Times piece she said:

“I want to be a writer. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time corporation.”

On her blog, Ms. Hocking listed three reasons for her decision: 1. Greater access to a wider audience. People still wanted hard copies of her book and couldn't find it. 2. Access to better editors and proofreaders. 3. The prestige. 

It seems the possiblity of losing a small percentage of her income to a publishing house for greater recognition as a legitimate writer was worth the trade.


  • It’s always worth it to have a hard copy. And the book (that touchable entity, not that which lives in a virtual space) would not die now.

    Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman on March 29, 2011

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