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23 Jan 2012

Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online

A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking was penniless and frustrated, having spent years fruitlessly trying to interest traditional publishers in her work. To make matters worse, she had just heard that an exhibition about Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppet’s, were coming to Chicago later that year and she couldn't afford to make the trip. As a huge Muppet’s fan Amanda was prepared to drive eight hours but didn’t have any money for petrol or even a hotel to stay in.

Amanda needed to raise a few hundred dollars so, in desperation, put her unpublished novel on the Kindle and Amazon. To her surprise she has sold over 1.5 million books and, in the process, changed publishing forever.
In the end Hocking raised her $300 she needed for her trip plus an additional $20,000 selling 150,000 copies of her books!

Hocking said “I didn't have a lot of hope invested in it”, “I didn’t think anything would come of it”. How wrong she was.

To read this whole article please visit The Guardian.

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