They say she’s the revolutionist of e-books and self-publishing. She says she’s just like any other human being, in need of money for a trip to watch a Muppet exhibition. Yes, Muppet exhibition (you know those furry large mouthed hand puppets… at least you should know who Kermit is, if you don’t; google him immediately!). Apparently she’s a huge Muppet fan and needed money to go see the Muppets’ creator’s exhibition.
What did she do? She put up her book on Amazon. She needed just $300 and she made millions!
I must admit, until yesterday, I had never heard of Amanda Hocking. Well, I might have heard about her in passing by, but nothing that caught my interest. I don’t know where I found her yesterday, but suddenly I was reading article after article about her Amazon success.
She’s a millionaire! A millionaire! From selling only e-books! On Amazon! :O *flabbergasted* Naturally it peaked my interest. How could someone become such a success? And she didn’t do a lot of promoting from what I can understand, it just spread by word of mouth (like this post).
I had to investigate and yesterday I downloaded one of her books from Amazon. And yesterday I finished said book. It was my very first zombie book (Yes, zombie book!) And I just plowed through. On valentines day, of all days, I was reading about squishy zombies getting killed. And I liked it. I liked it so much that I couldn’t stop. I read from start to finish in one sitting. The book has to be really really good to hook me to read it cover to cover in one go. A zombie book at that!
So today I have dedicated the day to clinically pick this book apart in order to understand how I got so hooked. A complete book review will follow when I’m done dissecting. If you want to read this absolutely ama(nda)zing hoo(c)king book it’s called Hollowland and is the first one in a series. It’s about zombies, but don’t let that deter you – I don’t read zombie books myself, but I really loved this one.
If you have a kindle you can download it from Amazon right now for free, which I think is fantastic. If you’re interested in more of Amanda Hocking (which you should be by now) you can visit her website or blog.