From E To Z
Amanda Hocking, the 26 year old eWriter who sells 100,000 copies of her teen vampire romance eBooks as downloads on Amazon and Barnes& Noble every month has snagged a $2million deal with Macmillan. The major New York publishing house beat several other major publishers to the deal and Hocking is of course, rapt. She says she can now write full time rather than have to spend many hours a week formatting, designing covers, managing sales, returns, enquiries and all the other things that come with selling your writing. She has gone from being an eWriter to a Z Writer (end of the alphabet, nowhere to go from here but back to ‘N’ for Nobel Prize!)… it doesn’t get much better than that, Amanda.
I bought Amanda’s ‘My Blood Approves’ and found it to be well written. Not my genre but the book itself has all the right elements and that is important. While the technology of the web and eBooks makes it simple enough that anyone can figure out how to do it, selling your books as well as writing then yourself isn’t easy. It takes a lot of effort and dedication. It is a full time job until eventually the writing becomes the relaxing, leisure component!
The good news is, everybody can do it. You write a good story in a genre that is selling and then you put the effort in to get your book in front of your market. Easy! Easier to say than achieve but if you don’t try then it will never happen, no matter how brilliant your prose maybe.