I love Amanda Hocking's success story. She has been writing novels since she was a teenager, and she had a difficult time getting a deal with a traditional publisher. In April of 2010, she decided to self-publish her books on Amazon Kindle because she wanted to raise $300 to see a Jim Henson exhibit in Chicago. The exhibit was six months away, so she figured she could raise that much money in a few months. To her surprise, she earned $20,000 in those six months by selling 150,000 books. Over the past two years, she has made over $2 million and sold 1.5 million books. Since then, she has signed a book deal with St. Martin's Press.
Hocking is a great storyteller. I read her zombie series The Hollows, and it was extremely entertaining. I am starting to hear more success stories of self-published authors. I think it's wonderful that more authors are deciding to publish on their own terms. Amanda Hocking has paved the way for other authors who dream of publishing books without a traditional publisher. She has worked so hard for her success, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what's next for Hocking.