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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Secret

In case you missed yesterday's epic post (and it truly was epic, in the real sense of the word, and not in the fake "epic fail" kinda way), you should check it out: here.

After I made the post, I did the next logical thing: I took a nap and watched Top Chef. I get the biggest news of my career and life, and then I take a nap. In my defense, I was tired, and I've lost my voice. I sound Kathleen Turner with emphysema,

I want to thank everybody for all your undue praise and crazy support. I do really appreciate it, and if it weren't for you guys, I doubt all of this would happening. I just wrote a book. You guys made it popular.

For people asking how this happened, as far as I can tell it happened like this: Terri Tatchell bought Switched and Torn (this was before Ascend came out). I'm not sure what ereader she bought them on, but it was an ereader. She read them, enjoyed them very much, and decided she'd like to adapt them. She emailed me and her agent emailed me, asking if they could adapt them. Her agent talked to my agent a lot. And then a month later, the deal was finalized, and now I'm telling you.

OH! Here's the especially bizarre and true part of the story. I decided I was going to get a Bluray player, but before I even got one, I started buying Blurays (that's the kind of person I am). I was laying in bed one night, trying to fall asleep, and I was thinking about how I don't know why Cloverfield is called Cloverfield. (I still don't, BTW).

So, since I could sleep, I got up, and ordered a bunch of Blurays from Amazon. Amazon kept recommending movies to me, and since I'd bought Cloverfield, they suggested I buy District 9. I took their suggestion, because I saw District 9 in theaters and loved it.

The day - the very day - I got District 9 in the mail from Amazon is the day Terri Tatchell emailed me. Not even kidding.

So the whole feels a bit like kismet to me, and I don't even believe in kismet.

I was reading old blogs the other day, and when I got really serious about writing, my roommate and life guru Eric suggested I try the Secret. He said it worked for Ellen and Oprah, and since I'd tried everything, I decided to try it.

The idea behind the Secret is that you can manifest the things you want by believing you'll get them. I think. I don't completely understand. Eric said I needed to make a vision board with all the things I wanted so that I would put it out for the universe to know what I wanted, and then... I could get them? I don't know.

But I've had the same vision board up in my room for over a year. And here is what's on it: A still from Juno with the words "movie" on it in silver sharpie. A page from one of my books that says "published." A million dollar bill from Who Wants to Be a Millionare the board game with the word "money" written on it. A quote from a magazine that says "I have the greatest job ever" and I wrote "writing" above it. An iPhone. Batman Converse. A boombox. And Pete Wentz.

I just got an iPhone (thanks Verizon!). So other than Pete Wentz, I've pretty much got everything from the vision board. Oh. I don't have a boombox either. I want an old school one like Radio Raheem had in Do the Right Thing. But that's the besides the point.

The point is - maybe there really is something to this Secret thing. Thanks, Universe, for being awesome.

32 comments:

  1. Okay, gotta get me one of them vision boards. I love your last line. You crack me up, Amanda. :)

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  2. It's not just the universe that's awesome, you're not too dusty yourself, Amanda.

    Right, I'm off to set up a Vision Board of my own...

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  3. Best wishes to you Amanda. You are an amazing success story.

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  4. Your board helped you to focus on what mattered to you most (with some nice fringe benefits!). How cool that you can now look at it and tick everything off your immediate list. I'm sure Pete Wentz is planning to drop you a line real soon! x

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  5. BTW if you want to know how Cloverfield got its title it's because that's the Exit off the 10 Freeway that JJ Abrams takes here in Santa Monica, CA! Lame yes, but at the same time pretty cool.

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  6. Congratulations on making your dream come true (and your visions). Off to make a vision board :)

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  7. Congrats on things going so well. Hopefully the option will progress through to production (But even if they just keep renewing the option, which happens a lot, it's free money for you - YAY!)

    And weird as it sounds, Cloverfield was named for the exit JJ Abrams used to get to his office. They needed a title that was ambiguous, so as to throw people off about the content of the movie, so he picked something random. The name leaked, so it stuck; they were afraid changing it prior to release would hurt the boxoffice.

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  8. Amanda do I get any brownie points for saying this was a film deal back when you hinted at big news a few weeks ago?

    So excited for you! I don't know you really but you seem like a really grounded and together person. I'm happy for your success, congrats!!

    Aaron
    epubmanifesto.blogspot.com

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  9. A vision board. Sounds more sane than most of my far out belief system.

    For example, I saw contestants on the Top Model show somewhere at a Far East Shrine. They were told to chant, "Protection, prosperity, good luck" 3 times and then to clap their hands twice and bow. Then they'd be blessed by all 3. I decided I was game. (There are stranger things.)

    I believe my youngest son's nose is lucky. If I rub my finger along the bridge of his nose 8 times - my lucky number - then some of his luck will flow to me. (There are stranger things.)

    A vision board? I sense a trip to Walmart in my future.

    Quacking Alone

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  10. Congrats on the movie being optioned =)

    It's great to hear all the things you envisioned and worked hard for are coming through. Personally I don't think the "universe" has anything to do with it, I think you got your thoughts organized and worked hard to fulfill them ... It's really all about the vision, where this is no vision, the people perish.

    Keep dreaming!

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  11. Wow, just seeing this news for the first time. Congratulations!

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  12. It gives hope... I am proud of you and your success and I hope to be on your side of the fence one day in the future.
    I am about to delve into self-publishing with my book series myself, very well knowing its not get rich quick and all that.

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  13. Oh boy, I think you probably just bumped up sales of THE SECRET… LOL. Well I'm glad it worked out for you. Mostly though, it sounds like you have worked hard.

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  14. Just saw this for the first time too. Congratulations, that is beyond amazing news. I was half afraid The Secret was that you'd been offered a pile of money and were retiring to the Bahamas to write one book every three years. Instead Wendy may go on to fight Hollywood drivel as well as Vittra? How cool is that! So happy for you.

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  15. I have a vision board, but I keep changing it.

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  16. You know, this whole creative visualization, your-beliefs-create-your-reality thing keeps coming up, almost like it's something I should pay attention to.

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  17. I MUST get one of these vision boards. Congrats on the awesome movie news!

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  18. Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson are getting divorced so perhaps he's the next dream to come true! oh my gosh...that vision board IS working.

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  19. That's awesome Amanda. You are an inspiration for all us Indie's out there.

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  20. For all those people who spit on the Secret, they're the ones who suffer. I've been a longtime believer in the power of positive thinking. It's a great thing, and I'm so stoked that it's worked as well as it has for you, Amanda. Congratulations. May the Force continue to be with you.

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  21. It's more than just a board. It keeps you focused on your goals. That's the secret.

    Congrats on all your success! :)

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  22. I always thought "The Secret" was a scam, and the actual "secret" was how those people were selling so many books.

    But now when I see this, I'm starting to understand it. I don't think it's putting things out there for the universe to reward you because you want something, it's you making a board showing yourself the goals you want to achieve in life, and naturally if you're working hard towards them, then these things will come true. I'm glad it worked for you.

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  23. The Secret is about lining up a path between yourself and what you want. Using the Law of Attraction, you will actualize it. I certainly believe in it, and am using it to write my vampire thriller Enura. Will I succeed? Using The Secret, apparently I already have.

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  24. Oops, Sorry. Yes--congratulations, Amanda! You are a huge inspiration to us all. Do not stop; become the first billion dollar e-book author!

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  25. THE SECRET DOES WORK, your roommie, Eric, was correct! I did a mental vision board for myself, and I am married to my soulmate, and I have babies! Oh! And I got my weenie! Well, okay, he's only half weenie, but he followed me home, I couldn't refuse! Anywho, all your fans are so proud of you, and we are always supporting you, loving your work, and awaiting the future of Amanda Hocking and what you will share with us. I will keep in my visions, you with Pete Wentz... the UNIVERSE CAN'T SAY NO TO ALL OF US! LOL Congrats again!!!:)

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  26. Congrats!! I am not at all suprised though. From the second I finished My Blood Approves(the first book I read of yours), I knew you had greatness in you! I have been hooked ever since. Keep em comin!..p.s BRAIN has nothin on you..take over the world girl!

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  27. Congrats Amanda! I hope it ll works well for you! You are an inspiration to authors everywhere.

    djcappella.blogspot.com
    Author of Witches, Demons, & Deals
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1456553801

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  28. That's amazing! I definitely need to try out a vision board because I'm feeling a bit dissatisfied with the day job right now. :)

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  29. That's great-- many congratulations!

    I had to look up Pete Wentz on Wikipedia to see who he is. Turns out his wife filed for divorce about a week ago. The wheels of the universe are turning-- just give it some time, eh? ;-)

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  30. I'm going to make a vision board. I sometimes visualize what I want...got Sir Poops-A-Lot that way and my hubby. But to keep a vision in front of you at all times...yeah... that works...that would keep one from being discouraged. Enjoy your blogs. Haven't read your books yet but I enjoy your blogs.

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  31. GET URSELF THAT BOOMBOX (well a modified updated version ;)

    http://www.amazon.com/School-Style-Performance-Portable-System/dp/B0017TROLQ/?tag=like-20

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  32. Hey Amanda, it's Kristi, your die hard reviewer from the beginning.
    I told you a long time ago that your Trylle series would end up on the Big Screen, apparantly I was right. I think you can be optimistic as opposed to 'cautiously' optimistic.
    Stop denying yourself the happiness of being successful and the continuance of that success. I think I know you pretty well and you're afraid it's all going to get taken away or it's not going to last... it will Amanda.

    Someone with your mind, your creativity will only continue to become more artistic and fruitful. Your next books will rock as all your books do. You haven't written anything that hasn't been wildly successful and that will continue.

    A vision board helps with positive self talk, it keeps the negativity down to a bare minimum because sometimes we can be our own worse enemy, I think the "what if..... thinking is the most terrible enemy we possess. It can hold all of us back but with positive self talk and visualization and a Vision Board it's so much easier to overcome.
    I think, if you're into it, you should re-think your Vision board now that so much has changed in your life. Take the time to just do it and really put yourself out there, it's your Vision Board and don't let the 'Stinkin Thinkin' stop you from putting down your biggest aspirations and goals, Amanda. You WILL go far, now you just need to believe it. A good way to start is with your Vision Board.
    I believe in you!
    Kristi Your biggest fan at least in my mind!

    btw I love it that I am still your Number 1 reviewer on Amazon for Hollowland.
    Also, I know you won't read this!

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