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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fabio... and Some More Promo Stuff, and I Mention New Books, Too

I love Fabio. Not the shirtless blond guy on romance novels. I mean Top Chef's Italian Stallion Fabio Viviani.

Here's how super bizarre my life is: I made the USA Today Bestelling ebook list, and I was thinking that I should write a blog about that, and link to some articles and the TV interview, and talk about ... well, me. But I'd much rather talk about Top Chef.

This season is Top Chef All-Stars, meaning they picked people who'd been on previous seasons but didn't win. And it is crazy awesome. It's all my favorites, and some people who really deserved a second chance at winning, namely Richard Blais, Dale T (who I still think should NOT have been eliminated when he was the first time around), and Angelo.

But, even though I don't think Fabio is necessarily the best chef on the show, he was my favorite. Because he's very funny, charming, and nice. And the accent is kind of adorable. I didn't think so at first, but I love him now. (Somebody else I didn't think I'd like at first is Mike Isabella, but you watch the show for awhile, and you see that's he actually very funny and sweet.)

SPOILER ALERT Fabio got voted off of Top Chef tonight. He really is great for TV, though, so I don't think this is the last we'll be seeing of him. (Hint hint: Food Network and OWN). Meanwhile, he has an ebook out now on Amazon, which you can check out: here. I think it's self-published, which only makes me love him more. But he is still a good cook. Ask Richard Blais. Blais would never lie.

Check out Fabio's adorable "thank you" video he made tonight. He's like the sweetest thing ever.

So that's what happened on the TV tonight that I saw. I also forgot to tape Mr. Sunshine, starring Matthew Perry and it bummed me out. Interesting aside - Matthew Perry was featured in the life section of USA Today Wednesday, along with yours truly. To read that article (the one about me, not Perry), click: here. To read the one about Matthew Perry, click: here.

Also, in further fun news, six of my books made it to USA Today's top 150 ebooks that's in Thursday's issue of the periodical. You can see the full list: here.  So I can officially list Best-selling Author in my title. A big shout out to USA Today for being so awesome with the interview and actually including me in the ebook list, even though I'm self-published. The consideration is very much appreciated, not just by myself, but the indie community as a whole.

I also  have an itsy-bitsy tiny mention in an article in Entertainment Weekly, so if you want to read a little granule about me, click: here. (While you're there, also check out the article about ladies in literary. It makes me sad that only 3 of my top 10 favorite authors are ladies).

And for those of you that like looking at me, here is the KTTC interview that aired last week with the great Tom Overlie. Tom is fab. For reals.

I will also being doing a follow up interview with the Post Bulletin today (Thursday). They did my first ever interview back in May of 2010, but stuff's changed since then, so they're interviewing me again. I have no clue when that one will publish, though.

Also - and I kid you not - I just discovered a thread discussing my books at I think that the right is the proof that I've finally made it.

In case you're wondering what I'm up to other than talking incessantly about myself to the press, I am writing a couple books. I'm trying to juggle two projects at once, and it's a bit harder than I thought.

The first one I'm cowriting with David Daliglish (but he might use a pen name when we publish), and I've never really written a book with another author before, but this is fun. Different, but fun. It's called Ethereal, and it's a paranormal romance. That's about all I want to say about it for now.

The other thing I'm working is something I've been dying to work on for almost a year now. So when I say I write a book in a few weeks, that doesn't mean I come with up an idea and then bang it out the next day. This idea has been percolating for months, and I've finally got it all just right. I'm not sure exactly when you guys will see it, but I can tell you right now that it's going to be fun. It's YA paranormal romance, and the title right now is Wake, but I'm not sure if it will change.

I tweeted this youtube video below a few days ago. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. It's a fan made video of their dream cast, and I think it's pretty accurate (although, I'm still holding out for Michael Wincott as Oren, even if I do love Gary Oldman). Plus it has Interpol in it. Me and my roommate Eric were watching it last weekend, and he goes, "Oh wow. This is neat. You have the neatest fans." And I was like, "I know." You guys truly are awesome. Thanks for letting me do what I do!

Oh, and P. S. Contrary to what some things on the internet have been saying, me self-publishing and doing well is not a middle finger to traditional publishers. I'd like to think me doing well isn't a middle finger to anybody or anything. It's feels more like a high five to me.


  1. I saw both articles.... not the preggers one though. :) Definitely a high five! I've read both your books and Dagliglish's, so I look forward to seeing what ya'll come up with together.

    Tara Maya
    The Unfinished Song: Initiate

  2. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome interview! Congrats! Also, I like the fan made video, not crazy about the characters he/she picked for Wendy, Willa, Elora, Loki or Oren, but Duncan was like right on for me! Just my opinion! You're awesome, keep up the great work! Can't wait to see what you have in store soon!

  3. I'm on board with the 'cast' of Trylle, except Loki looks a bit young to me....or maybe I'm just old :p

  4. Thanks again for posting my video! I made one for My Blood Approves too.

  5. Amanda, you rock! I discovered your books last December (where you were still in the 100,000+ range,) with the Trylle Trilogy. After reading "Switched", I wondered "who IS Amanda Hocking?" so I googled you and was delighted to find your blog. Your personal story is amazing and inspiring. I am now reading "Flutter" and enjoy this series, too. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and writer's know-how with us. Keep up the GREAT work and enjoy your success! Oh, and I totally agree with you on Top Chef!

    Sarah N., your fan in Fargo, ND

  6. Loved the interview!!! Looking forward to hearing more about "Wake" and what else you'll be coming up with.

    Congratulations in everything you've been able to live up to for yourself. <3

  7. Just FYI (in case you didn't know) there's already a YA paranormal-ish romance-ish book called "Wake".

    Keep up the good work!

  8. @Rachael McG Thanks! I liked the choices, tho I do think Charlie Hunnam would make a fancy Loki ;)

    @Lisa Thanks for making the videos. They're really fantastic and fun to see.

    @David *high five*

    @Sarah Thank you!

    @Rachel Thanks!

  9. @Jim I have heard of it, which is why the title might change. But her book is about dreams and wake is referencing being awake. For my book, the wake is referencing water, as in the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward. So I might keep it, since it's kind of a different word, and also my roommate and I spent hours spit balling titles before deciding on this one.

  10. Great interview! You have such cute hair! Keep writing books and publishing them however you want to.

  11. Contratulations to you for the well-deserved recognition. I love your books and I thank God for my Kindle because without that I may have never discovered My Blood Approves and the Trylle Trilogy. I get that your not sticking up your middle finger at traditional publishing, but you have to admit, it must feel pretty damn good to be able to say you are successful and it's their loss that they did not publish you in the first place. So good for you and high five! :-)

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  13. WAY TO GO Amanda. Congrats on all the big time recognition. It's nice to see it go to someone who deserves it! (It's also nice that the USA Today list includes indies.)

    As to Top Chef, I missed last night. Fabio was fun so it's sad to see him go. I'm terminally drawn to the a**holes on reality shows though. I'd like to see Richard and Angelo face off on the TC finale. (Maybe they could avoid lions while cooking for the title. The epi could be - "Eat Or Be Eaten" or perhaps "Cook To Live."

    Back to all your well-deserved recognition though - could you send a little Hocking Magic my way? Just direct it towards Myrtle Beach, please.....

  14. Fabulous article in USA Today and a huge congrats for making the ebook list! I absolutely *love* your humbleness over all of this. Keep up the fantastic work. :-)

  15. Wow, this is amazing Amanda! Congrats on making the best sellers list! And the news clip is awesome! You're an inspiration to all of us Indie authors!

  16. Your interview is awesome!! Congrats on your purchasing a house, that's big! That's my goal this year too.

    I cannot wait for your new books to come out!!

    Congrats on your success! It is most definitely a high five to yourself. You did everything yourself! You should be incredibly proud of that!!!!!!

  17. Congrats on all your well-deserved success, Amanda, from one Minnesota native to another. And good luck with the paranormal romance!

    Miriam Minger

  18. How huge is that? Congrats on your success, Amanda. You should be very proud of yourself for all you've achieved. Keep writing!

  19. I just wanted to say that I love your beautiful eyes! And I miss them! That still frame from your interview with Tom Overlie is a good one. Congratulations x infinity on all of your successes! I love you very much, friend.

  20. Woohooo!! Congrats Amanda! This is a huge milestone for Indie Authors everywhere, and you definitely deserve it, girl! Way to go. And I loved your interview. Thanks for sharing!

  21. My blood approves is my favorite series. I love them!!! Thanks for writing them! You rock!

  22. RE: Where fingers are going... Well said! Here's another 5.

  23. Good interview! Nice to see the real you. Keep writing wonderful books and good luck with the house!

  24. Amanda... I just have to say that I am a huge fan and your story has been so inspiring to me. I just put up my first ebook The Witches Lottery for sale and have been following your blog from the moment I downloaded Switched. Your story is amazing and I can only hope that I do as well as you one day. I've also mentioned you on my blog as a huge inspiration. Keep doing the great work!! I look forward to reading your new work.

  25. Was directed here by another writer's blog. Your story is really inspirational to a lot of people who just want to write and be heard. Going to be watching your blog from here on out. Congrats again on all the success.

  26. That was an interesting cast video. Andrew Garfield might be busy being Spider-Man then next decade or so, though. ;)

    Also, I think the person who did this is the same YouTuber who case My Blood Approves and they chose the same actress for Wendy as was chosen for Alice... so...

    Other than that, what a fun video. :)

  27. Kudos girlie! I love hearing indie success stories. Keep kicking butt in the publishing world.

    I'm going to have to check your blog out to see if you talk about marketing stuff. I'm trying to learn the ropes now.

  28. So happy for your success! Can't wait to read anything by you.
    BUT.....the real burning question is will Eric still be your roommate when you get your new house????

    High-five girl! Keep up the good work.

    Josie Wade

  29. Oh my gosh. That video was right on the money. Other than for Tove (that one was a little iffy, but still close) those were EXACTLY how I pictured the characters. Especially Duncan. A fan video has never gotten my idea right. Props to the creater!

    And of course props to you, cause you rock and stuff.

  30. Really love the cast video! He definitely looks like a Loki!!!! He was my favorite all along!! :)

  31. I finally got around to watching your local news video. Oh my goodness, Amanda, you look and sound great! I love that they spent significant time interviewing you and I know I don't know you but I'm so proud of you and so proud to be a fan. And what a rising star you are! Keep it up girl!

  32. Congrats on all you've accomplished. You've inspired me so much. I write, but am terrified of letting anyone see my precious 'babies'. Anyway, I like the cast except for Loki, I picture him to be a LOT different.

    I've just finished everything you've published but Hollowland. Keep on writing, thank you!
    Danelle from Olympia, WA.

  33. Amanda -- you are inspirational! Your success is so new age, so high tech, that it is a mind-bender. You go, girl!

    You must, and I say this from the very soul of my heart, get an agent to sell your books to Hollywood. Like Rowling and Myers, you'll skyrocket with the stories you have when put in the right hands. I strongly urge you to use the momentum you have, Amanda, to secure a powerful movie rights agent (nothing else, just movies) and get those rights out the door and you will be very proud and happy and successful.

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to following your success on your blog.

  34. I like how fabio says burger. Congratulations on all of your success. I only found your books arround christmas and I tried to paec myself but that didn't work out and now I have read them all and am in need of more please and thank you I shall try to be patient but its not easy :OD