Amanda Hocking (born July 12,
1984) is an American writer of paranormal romance young-adult fiction.
Hocking lives in Austin,
Minnesota. Employed as a group home worker until 2010, she wrote 17 novels in her spare
time. In April 2010, she began self-publishing them as e-books. By March 2011, she had sold over a million copies of nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, something previously unheard of for self-published
authors. In early 2011, Hocking averaged 9,000 book sales each day.
Hocking's published work, originally self-published, consists of My Blood Approves, a vampire romance series; the Trylle Trilogy, which covers a teenage girl's journey of
self-discovery in an urban fantasy setting; and Hollowland, a zombie
novel. The New York Times characterized her novels as "part quirky girl-like-Hocking characters, part breakneck pacing, part
Hollywood-style action and part bodice-ripping romance – they are literature as candy, a mash-up of creativity and commerce".
In March 2011, Hocking signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million
dollars, with St. Martin's
Press. It concerns a new young-adult paranormal series to be called
"Watersong". All three books in her previously self-published Trylle Trilogy have also been sold to St. Martin's Press, and will be released with them in early 2012 with wider distribution.
Hocking - Switched
My Blood Approves series:
My Blood Approves (2010)
Fate CreateSpace, 2010, ISBN 9781453816868
Flutter CreateSpace, 2010, ISBN 9781453816905
Wisdom CreateSpace, 2010, ISBN 9781453816981
Letters to Elise (novella, 2010)
Switched (self published 2010, with St. Martin's January 24, 2012) ISBN
Torn (self published 2010, with St. Martin's February 28, 2012; Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 9781250006325
Ascend (self published 2011, with St. Martin's April 24, 2012) ISBN 9781250006332
The Hollows series:
Hollowland CreateSpace, 2010, ISBN 9781453860953
Hollowmen (Fall 2011)
Watersong series: (with St. Martin's)
Wake (Fall 2012)
Hocking - Indie Kindle Millionaire
In February 2011 the Trylle Trilogy was optioned for a film, with Terri Tatchell writing the screenplay.
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Julie (24 March 2011). "Self-Publisher
Signs Four-Book Deal With St. Martin’s". New
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Hocking's blog and website
Hocking's Smashwords Author Profile
Hocking at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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