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Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Bit More on My Decision...

When a reader is deciding whether or not to read one of my books, they weigh a few things. Whether the book sounds interesting, what they've heard about it, if they've enjoyed my previous books, the price, things they've heard about me, etc.

When I have to decide what's in the best interest for my readers, my books, my career, and myself, the decision becomes a lot more complicated. Especially when considering what's good for one reader might be not-so-good for another.


When I decided to sell the rights for the Trylle Trilogy to St. Martin's, it wasn't something that I came to lightly. It was something I discussed with people, struggled with, and weighed the pros against the cons. I knew there would be cons - and one of those cons would be backlash from people who didn't understand or agree with my decision.


But in the end I came to the decision based primarily on this one fact: With St. Martin's, I would be able to produce a better quality product that would be more accessible to readers, and I would have the support of a house behind me to help take of some of the strain I've been under so I can focus on writing more books.


Are there downsides? Absolutely. But I believe the the pros outweighed the cons for the readers, the books, and myself.


The biggest complaint is going to be that I'm a sell out. This seems silly to me because I will be making less money per book sold than I am right now. Also, I haven't changed my opinion on publishing at all since I started this. But I digress.


The term "sell out" is going derive more from the fact that the price of the ebooks will go up with St. Martin's. I will reiterate, however, that I am making much, much less on higher priced ebooks than I am right now. People will argue that unlike paper books, ebooks cost next to nothing to make, so why should they really cost anything?

The fact is that St. Martin's is a huge corporation, which is why I signed with them. The money they make off the ebook goes into feeding said corporation, which includes their staff - of which I have frequent contact with my editor, two publicists, web design people, artists, marketing, etc. They're working on major cover launches, spreads in ads that book buyers - like Walmart and Target - read. There's a major ad campaign going underway that frankly, I couldn't afford or negotiate on my own. I simply do not have the expertise in it.

I'm not going to go into a total break down of where St. Martin's is spending their money, because honestly, I don't think it really matters to most readers. The point is that I know where it's going, and I think they earned their share of the royalties. I think that what they do justifies a higher increase in price.

With that said, both St. Martin's and I are working to keep the prices as low as possible, because we do value my readers. I wouldn't have gotten this far without you, and I know it. So out of respect and consideration for the readers, I don't want to unnecessarily raise prices.

In the end, I know some people won't agree with me. Some people will still think either I'm an idiot or a greedy asshole. Nothing I can say will ever change that opinion, so I just have to accept as part of the decision I made. I knew I would lose some readers in the transition, but I went ahead with it because I truly believe that this will benefit the readers who stayed around.

I guess all I'm really trying to say is that whether you agree with the decision or not, I want the readers to know that they factor heavily into all my decision making. In fact, they're probably the biggest factor, because without them, my books and I are nothing.

97 comments:

  1. i think you are fabulous! you are growing your wings! don't listen to the negatives....CONGRATS!

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  2. You're one in a trazillion!

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  3. Amanda, if people won't read your books, because they think you're a sell out, then who needs them. You will eventually gain a higher fan base, by having your books more accessible. In libraries and in more stores you will have more people buying your books. Yes, you are a writer because it's what you love to do, and you're FANTASTIC at it - BUT, you're also a writer to support yourself! if this is something that you wanted or needed to do in order to make yourself more known, then everyone should understand. I have done nothing but promote your books, since I read the first one- The Trylle Trilogy, but I have LOVED every other book of yours that you wrote and I feel super proud of you for having a big publishing house WANT to purchase your books. You are an amazing writer and deserve nothing but the best. Screw the haters.

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  4. oh my...it sounds like people are really giving you a lot of flack about this decision... you are a FABULOUS writer.. I devour your books...and you deserve every penny you earn... I think the fact that you signed is marvelous for every reason you stated....and I will continue to buy your books.. whether they are $.99 or 10.99

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  5. I think it's extremely important and the books are absolutely fabulous. Marketing is not fun or easy, no matter who you are or what you are doing. The fact of the matter is you have to do what is best for you above all else, because you are the writer and these are your words being told. Congrats, and I hope to read more books like the Trylle triology b/c I absolutely loved them. Good luck!!

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  6. I would like to say one thing. It is YOUR decision. No one should be accusing you of being a sellout. Who are they to talk. They do not walk in your shoes and you should not have to explain yourself. You're a great writer and with a house, you would, as you said, have relief of having others taking many loads off your shoulders and be able to concentrate on what you love. I didnt even get through half of your blog entry before wanting to respond. If they are really a fan of your work, then they should be behind you.

    Wish you well and look forward to your future releases!

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  7. Listen, I would pay any amount of money for you books. Listen, you deserve everything that has come your way, you have earned it. This is how it goes, you have to make a living as well, and while your readers are important, YOU are just as important. Whatever is going to advance your career is what you have to go with. While you might lose some fans out there, having a major company behind you will indeed make up the lost fans with new ones. I have a friend who doesn't have an ereader and is so excited for your books to be published. I've been talking about you since I have discovered you.

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  8. Don't even sweat the people who think you're "selling out." If someone can be successful at doing something they love, (whether its music, writing, painting, etc.) then that's selling out? Can they honestly say that they would not love to be in that persons position? Oh please, it's nothing but jealousy. Keep doing what your doing, Amanda, and you will go far.

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  9. Congratulations Amanda! You've been a huge inspiration to readers and writers alike...I wish you the best of luck!

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  10. That would be like not listening to your favorite band because they signed a record deal with a label.

    If you are a fan, be a fan, and stop harassing people who are trying to better themselves.

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  11. Some fans may be upset with the decision, but fellow indie authors continue to be inspired. ;)

    It's still business, and aligning yourself with a big publishing company like that must be a great feeling. If a company wanted to take over the promotion work I've been struggling with, I'd be all for it--it'd certainly give me more time to get back to writing!

    Congratulations, miss!

    -Tim Cody

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  12. I mean, you write such fantastic books that even if you were getting paid more, you deserve it. Those other people are the greedy assholes for not wanting to spend an extra buck or two.

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  13. Congrats, Love your books, And good for you!!!

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  14. Amanda... CONGRATS!!! Anyone who feels that your a "sell out" is greedy in their own way. WHO wouldn't want you to take such an awesome step to further your career? I am so excited for you and happy too... I'd MUCH rather have your books more accessible and pay a little more and see your career thrive. You've earned ALL of this for yourself and the few who are unhappy for you are only considering themselves.... I'm so happy :) I found the first one of your books by accident and kept on reading until I read every single one of them... No matter what form I get the next one in I know I'll be ecstatic to read it :) (((Hugs))) From an avid fan ;)

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  15. I do not consider someone a sell out when they are doing what is the best interest for not only further their career but also give their book a much larger chance of being read by more people. This is an amazing series and I am hoping that this will get it out to more people so they can enjoy your amazing work. Anyone who is being negative in my opinion does not truly love the book because if they did they would be happy for you. I am still hoping for some sort of continued story but either way I am happy for you ^^ Congrats!

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  16. You have to do what's best for you and yes, keeping your fans happy is part of that. The only problem is that whatever decision you make, someone is going to complain. Be true to yourself and be proud of what you have accomplished. In the end, that's the best you can do. Congrats too, by the way!

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  17. Amanda - I think you can see just by the few comments here that there are more people HAPPY for you than not! Congrats and now go write some more!!!! I am dying for more of your books, I've read everything at least twice!!!

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  18. Well, I don't see anything wrong with your decision. It's not like they showed up with a check and you jumped into the new deal without thinking it through. You put a lot of thought into it and I think you have excellent points. It may not be the same decision someone else would make . . . but who cares? You really don't seem to be the sort of person who pays a lot of attention to what people think of you, so just ignore the detractors and enjoy the fact that your books are going to be in bookstores. Because that's just awesome!

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  19. Unfortunately, there are people who will be upset with anything. If I recall, before you ever started self-publishing, you worked your butt off to try and get an agent. You wanted to go the traditional route. It was your dream. You have now accomplished that dream. Don't let ANYONE make you feel bad about it. The people who love your books will buy them...plain and simple!

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  20. Amanda,
    You choosing to go into an explanation of your decision shows how much you value those who buy your books. Honestly, you don't have to share the WHY, but you've chosen to out of respect for those who read your books and that says a lot.

    As a writer, I congratulate you on accomplishing what many writers wish to accomplish. You've signed with a publishing house with a good reputatation and getting a chance to focus more of your efforts on writing.

    As a reader, a change in price is par for the course. I don't begrudge you that. Your story won't change but have additional editing to only make a good read even better. For you to be called a "sell out" is sad but criticism comes with making such a big splash in the publishing world.

    As a lover of words, I wish you nothing but success.

    Angela B
    http://publishness.blogspot.com/

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  21. Writing and publishing are businesses. In order for publishing to exist, they need writers. In order for writing to exist, you write. Being a successful writer means you touch people and readers make that happen. Ultimately, all decisions for writer and publisher come down to the business of making books and, no matter what you do, someone is going to be unhappy. Do what you need to do and the readers will follow, but, please, let the publisher know that an ebook price that is higher than the paperback and close to the hardback cover price is insane. Ebooks should be cheaper, but not free or too cheap. If you keep the ebook price a dollar or so cheaper than the paperback cost, that is good business that will make fewer people unhappy and the books will still sell. A corporation needs to make a profit, but making 95% profit on a product, while good for the bottom line, is not good for business, if the business wants to keep the consumer buying and mostly happy.

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  22. The fact that you signed with St Martin's is what brought you to my attention. Whatever readers are lost, it will be sad. But you are already gaining new readers as a result of this decision. There will always be naysayers, you just need to keep believing in your reasons.

    Good luck and may well wishes!

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  23. Honey, I am going to tell you that people will never be pleased. You have to do what is best for you. You don't have to explain yourself. You owe no one an explanation.

    P.S. I can't wait till your books are in print :-) Congratulations!! I am super happy for you!!

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  24. Amanda, having sold one trilogy, are you bound to remain with them in the future, or do you have the freedom to continue to put out some series as ebook by yourself, while benefiting from the promotion that they are giving your brand?

    I see this as a very savvy business move on your part, balancing diverse factors very well.

    I'm thrilled to have my own ebook now on Kindle, iBooks, etc and as my readership grows, I suspect I will look and see what you're doing whenever I am considering 'next steps.'

    You're my hero!

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  25. Whatever you decide is fine with me, Ms.H. Blaze that trail, and I'll watch and learn while you do. Best of luck!

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  26. All of your fans are thrilled and proud of you, your products and your decisions. Time and time again you prove that you are an extraordinary young woman with a huge talent. You really are a hero to so many people, myself included and your accomplishments speak for themselves. I also think it's wonderful that you have such love and concern for your readership that you address them directly like this. Your success and readership can only grow, your fans love you and that's all that counts. Congratulations to you, Amanda.

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  27. You do what you gotta do Amanda. Those that really care about you and your books will be behind you 110%. I'm not gonna lie...I loved that your books were only $.99 for the most part, but I would still buy them if they sounded interesting enough to me. Which they were! I'm happy for you if you are happy for you:)

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  28. Do whatever makes you happy. In the end it's all that matters. I will buy your books. I think it's exciting that people will be able to buy them in a book store too. I think that you will find most people feel this way. If not I will buy 2 books. One for me and one for them. It will work out great.

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  29. I'm a fan and absolutely enjoy reading your books. One additional point to make, you may not make as much on the St. Martins books as an ebook, but the potential readership should be exponential. So, your entire catalog will benefit. I know you know this. BTW, making money is not a bad thing. It helps the economy. And, no one will like you better if you are poor rather than comfortable or wealthy.

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  30. Makes total sense. You have to do what you think is best. If this lets you focus on writing, it sounds good to me!

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  31. My favorite of your books is Hollowland and I'll purchase the next one whether it's .99 or 10.99 (or whatever). Like others have said, you're blazing trails (thank you for that) and this is new ground - not sure anyone else in YA has done what you're doing.
    Follow your own compass and I applaud you for doing what you've got to do to improve your craft, increase quality and write, write, write.

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  32. Amanda, there are just some people in life that LOVE to criticize others because THEY never go out and realize their dreams. Others are just negative about EVERYTHING and no matter what people do, they will never be satisfied.

    Forget about them! You are a talented writer who is realizing YOUR dream and deserve all the success coming your way!

    For those "fans" who think you are a sell out, well, they just weren't true fans to begin with.

    I can't believe that it's come to the point where readers make a writer feel they have to justify why they want to be published by a traditional publishing house! Come on, people!

    In any case, congratulations on all your success!

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  33. I hate that term "sell out". It's usually little more than the whining screech of a spoilt child who isn't getting his/her way. It's a selfish statement based in a selfish attitude.

    Trylle may be something that you've shared with the world, but it's YOUR work and you've got every right to do with it as you see fit. You certainly have the right to seek the most favorable means to improve on your product if at all possible.

    You're not depriving anyone of anything and have no explanations owed. It's your career, and you've handled it wonderfully so far. The dissenters may scream louder, but they're smaller in number.

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  34. I say congrats!!! And I'm super excited for you because this is a major step and also a right direction to get maybe a movie?? (crosses fingers) I can't wait to buy the new ones and have them by the originals. I'll have a little collection going on :)

    Congrats Again!!!

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  35. You can't make everyone happy. You'd be nuts not to consider an opportunity to (1) improve the product (2) ramp up the marketing with a professional campaign that few (if any?) indie writers are capable of doing and (3) make theh product (and future products!) more readily available. "Sellout" is what the haters call those who make it! Shame on them. The point is to do whatever you need to do that will enable you to live YOUR life to the fullest. So ignore, ignore, ignore.

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  36. The only obligation you have to the reader is to write a great story, job well done weather it is on paper or not. Not everyone has a kindle, I think you will reach more YA readers. Keep up the good work, any thing that makes it easier for you to write is great for us. Good Luck.

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  37. It never matters what other people say or do or want, they're not in your position, you have to live your life for you and no one else. Do what you want!

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  38. You're amazing and your true fans support you. You are such an inspiration, not only because you did self-publishing. You paved a way for aspiring authors...but sometimes you need to grow and expand. This will be great for you and your career. Keep it up Amanda!

    PS: I'm always going to save that first email you sent me a long long time ago. Really helped.

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  39. i have read all of the books in the my Bloods aproved an now working on the Trylle serics. i love all them ... keep up your good work. cant stop reading them

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  40. I don't think it's a bad decision at all. The books will be in paperback, which will appeal to more people, and you keep saying the prices will stay as low as possible, which is a good thing for those who order ebooks. Congratulation, and I will always continue to read your books.

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  41. I love your books and will continue reading no matter what.

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  42. Sell out? Pfffttt! You want your books to reach a wide audience. Isn't that what all writers want? Be safe in the knowledge that you are great, your books are great. Rock on.

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  43. Good luck, Amanda! I hope it works out well for you!

    If it were me, I wouldn't have sold Trylle to them but I would have taken the Watersong deal. But then again, I am different than you. A lot of authors are different than you. You write fast and your stories are good, so no matter what happens in the publishing world in the next few years, you will come out on top. I'm sure of it. =o)

    All the best!

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  44. I definitely won't abandon you or your wonderful writing! You are doing a great job, keep it up!

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  45. I love your writing and I DO NOT consider you to be a sell out! I think you're extremely resilient and a role model for aspiring writers like myself! I'll continue to be a fan and the people who detract will be missing out!

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  46. Congrats! Be proud you did what is best for you. We love your books and will continue to support you regardless :)

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  47. Some people have a primitive need to make everything us/them and either/or. You did indie. Were brilliant at it. Now you're trying corporate. Won't know if it's brilliant until you've been there a while. Later, you may write something quirkier that St. Martin's won't take a chance on. Then you may need to go with a smaller press. Or back to indie. Actors do this all the time: Big studio pictures, Sundance indies, Regional theater, Shakespeare in the park, an American Express commercial.

    Why not writers? "Selling out" is a meaningless term.

    Don't listen to anybody who tries to limit your choices. Some people like to live in cages, but they're not people whose opinion matters very much.

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  48. Anyone who loves your books will pay whatever price your publisher sets. You are an amazing author and deserve to have your time freed up to continue writing your awesome books!!!

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  49. No one can meet everyone's expectations. Hang in there. :)

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  50. I'm a little sad because getting the books on the ereader made them exclusive. You had to have an ereader to get the ebook. I understand and accept your choice, though. Congratulations that you got an offer like that from St. Martins. You should keep the price low on ebooks, and more expensive for paperbacks. So my friends without ereaders have to pay more! lol.

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  51. You are accessing a new market with your books. Readers that otherwise would not have read them. That is the whole point, a new audience. Don't feel guilty for doing what is in your own best interest. Good luck.

    Elizabeth Loraine, author of Royal Blood Chronicles.

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  52. I would pay whatever price for your books. I think your an amazing writer and if people don't see that then they are dorks. Congratulations on your deal and can't wait to read the new series.

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  53. Amanda, good for you! You need to do what's best for you and realize that there will always be negative feed back on decisions you make, but those who are making the negative comments are not walking in your shoes!

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  54. What you do with your work is your decision. It must have been hard having to decide whether or not you wanted to seem like a sell out even though realistically you were thinking of your current and future fans. I am sure no one will complain when the series continues to grow and get better now that some of the stress is off of you and when you come out with more series. Good for you and you give all Indie Authors a reason to keep writing.

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  55. You're good. No need to worry about everyone else. I don't see why anyone would care that much. I honestly think any hostility that comes/came from your decision is due to jealousy.

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  56. Hi Amanda,

    I think it's fabulous what you are doing and I will always read the books you come out with. It's your decision and I as your reader respect that! So I say kudos to you for getting a book deal!

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  57. Oh, good Lord, honey! Don't worry at all about those silly people who say that you're a "sell out" for deciding to publish some of your books with a traditional publisher. Diversifying your career and ways that your books are available is a smart move that will increase your availability to readers. Bless your heart, and pay no attention to the haters.

    TK Kenyon

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  58. I didn't take the time to read all the comments that people posted, but it doesn't matter. Everyone has an opinion. I wanted to share with you that I think you are brave to put yourself out there with a large company. Your putting your treasured works in the hands of a corporation and trusting them to handle your works with the best intentions in mind and what is best for your fans. I think this is the best opportunity for you to get your works out to more people to read that would not ordinarily know they exist. I found you when I got my new Kindle in Jan 2011 and I've been hooked since. I find myself at least once a week checking for updates on your upcoming projects. Because I was introduced to your books I have created no less than 5 Amanda Hocking addicts and will continue on my world conquest so that everyone knows about your books. I know for sure my addicts are spreading the word as well. You should be proud of all you have accomplished at your age. Again - everyone has an opinion. the only one that matters is yours. OK - the price increase sucks a little, but I would have paid the higher price if that was my only choice. The books are worth it. Thank you so much.

    Angela - Florida

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  59. Amanda,

    I don't think the term sell-out would be correct no matter what the situation; you've obviously worked hard and earned the right to do whatever you deem best for yourself.

    With that said, however, I do believe you might have passed up the chance to do something unique and historic - I firmly believe you could have made it all the way to top tier of famous authors without ever having to had the backing of any major publisher. I would never call your decision a mistake; heck I've sold 4 of my books in the last three days and you've probably sold 4 in the last hour. You for certain are NOT making many mistakes at the moment! But I know there are authors out there following in your footsteps that are now left to blaze the trail on their own and they are probably feeling bitter and lost. I am not one of those writers and I intend to follow your path and hope I can make it to this exact choice you've just made - then we'll see how I feel when it's presented. Probably won't be an easy choice!!

    I wish you nothing but continued success and keep writing, do your thing, and knock their socks off!

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  60. Hey Amanda, so glad to hear of your success! I happened upon your books by sheer accident...I was reading another series of books when at the end of the book it had a sample of one of your books so I decided to go online and do some research and found the rest of your books and purchased them. I first bought the Trylle series thinking wow trolls this is kinda different...and I enjoyed them so much I read the series in a week’s time I moved on to reading your My Blood Approves series (I'm on book 4 right now) which I have read the first 3 books in a week’s time. I'm really enjoying your twist on the vamps, I've been on a vampire kick for almost two years now as a norm I read JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon among others but have found your books very refreshing. I had no idea that I was a John Hughes fan until I noticed you was and went to see who he was and low and behold I watch all those movies too and so does my 19 year old daughter...so yeah Hughes fan too. You’re a great writer and I’m really enjoying you work and can’t wait to get more. I noted you mentioning proofing mistakes in your books and have done proof reading in the past for other author friends of mine and now have become a proof reading freak when I read books I catch a lot of mistakes in many authors books….I’m sure by signing with St. Martin you will also be enlisting many more eyes to help find those small mistakes but hey no one’s perfect I read several other authors published by them and they too still have minor mistakes. Good luck in all you do and keeepppp writing!

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  61. The way I look at it is this; sure you've done pretty well for yourself, especially considering that you've only just started publishing. You've done great things with self publishing, but you can only go so far with it, and now that you've signed with a large press you not only free yourself up to write more books, but you also have a "machine" behind you, helping you to reach a larger audience, as well as put out a much better product. It is not "selling out". You've done the right thing. Don't let the haters get you down. I'm so proud of you!

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  62. You sound like you have a great head on your shoulders. In my opinion, what you've done is the exact opposite of selling out: Like Robin said earlier, you are freer as a writer--and thus freer to serve your stories' and your readers' needs--when all of the aspects of publishing are taken care of. Congratulations on such an impressive accomplishment.

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  63. Are you obsessed with Pottermore like everyone else?

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  64. Someone,(not me) once said that the active word in "sell out" is "sell". Nobody ever accuses someone successful of being a "go broke".

    The point of being an independent author is to have the choice of keeping more of the profits, in exchange for doing more of the work.

    When the struggle of doing it all is getting in the way of the creative process, or threatens the quality of the work, then outsourcing the administrative/editing/marketing process should be a consideration.

    You always have the option of publishing more works independently.

    Move forward, continue writing and selling, and don't forget to geek out.

    ~J

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  65. why isnt the first one on the kindle anymore????

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  66. I completely support your decision. If you want to further your writing career you need to have a publisher to back you up and help you along the way. You have done extraordinary work thus far but having that little bit of extra support will really make all the difference in the world. I wish you the best of luck launching the next publication of your trilogy as well as your future works.

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  67. Congrats on your decision and your success as a writer...it has inspired so many people and especially aspiring writers. You selling the series does not look like a sell-out it looks like an accomplishment.

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  68. Why should you be a sell-out if you didn't even subscribe to any one 'publishing ideology' anyway?

    I haven't been following your publishing career from beginning to end, but I firmly believe that every single writer should have the freedom to take advantage of all publication routes available to them. It just wouldn't be practical business-wise to restrict yourself only to one route. If a particular route inspired others somehow, that's fantastic. But if that's the only reason they were your fans to begin with, then they weren't really fans of the actual STORIES, were they? Which should be every writer's main goal.

    Hmmmm, I guess you just can't make everyone happy whatever you do. So you might as well make YOURSELF happy knowing you trusted your judgment for the right reasons (ie to reach even more readers while bringing the initial ones along for the ride). And if that makes you more money... hmmmm, why is that a bad thing? lol even writers have to make a living, don't they? or how will they finance the time to write more stories for their fans?:)

    Anyway, kudos to you for doing things your way, and succeeding:) I'm normally a lurker here, but this kind of thing always makes me come out of the shadows to put in my 2 cents:) All the best in this new venture, Amanda.

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  69. Never apologize for making a great deal like you did. We're all jealous as hell and we'd have done the same thing in your position. However, most of us support you in the decision, are damned proud of you, and want to be like you when we "grow up."

    You did good and you give us hope.

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  70. I just want to say thank you for giving others hope to follow their dreams to become an author. My new book, Defiance Rising, just went live on Amazon, and if it hadn't been for you I'd still be banging my head against the agent wall. Thanks for letting people know that it can be done!

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  71. Personally I don't care if you publish with a major house, self-publish, or poop them, I just want you to write more books. People who think otherwise can suck it.

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  72. I don't think you are a sell out at all. If you are talented at something why not make money doing it. You have to earn a living some way. The lucky people are the ones who make a living doing something they love. I say more power to you. I am so anxious for you to publish something new. I read your books in like two days!!

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  73. Amanda,

    Because you are such a super writer, readers feel protective of the characters you create. I think any negative feedback is, in fact, a super compliment to your writing ability! You go!

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  74. It's unfortunate that in this time of artists moving away from large publishing houses or producing studios for creator owned and controlled distribution that you have felt the need to move backwards. Publishing houses are no longer necessary and honestly don't add anything of value, to me, when I purchase a product. Ah well, there are always torrents.

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  75. Ms Hocking,

    I don't think your decision makes you a sell-out, but I do think it is a mistake. My daughter has your books on her Kindle. At $0.99 (or even $1.99) it's a no-brainer to let her buy the next book in a series. But if the price goes up to $4.99, or even higher, it becomes a much more difficult decision. Personally we love the stories - I don't see the value in doubling or more the price of an e-book in this economy to pay for SMP to design a new cover.

    You admit that you will make less money, and your readers will have to pay more for books that have already been published. Exactly where is the benefit for anyone there ? Certainly if outsourcing that stuff at what's likely to cost the reader a 200% cost premium frees you up to do more of what you want then that's your decision, but for past published titles ? I wish you all the success, but I personally think this is a very unfortunate decision.

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  76. Wait. People are *still* hassling you about this? After all this time?

    What's done is done and they need to move on. If those people spent as much time writing and selling their own books instead of pointing out the "error of your publishing ways," they might be offered a NY contract that they can happily turn down themselves.

    Just my 1.5 cents.

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  77. You have to do what's best for your career. And at this time, I agree that it was the right move to make. They (your new publisher) can open doors for you that would never have been opened for indie authors. You'll get to see your book on bookshelves EVERYWHERE--how awesome is that?

    I know it's hard to hear the backlash, but remember this saying: "This too, shall pass..."

    ~Sherry

    Sherry Soule Official Website

    Author of the Spellbound Series

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  78. Congrats on getting a publisher. I'm only sad that i just discovered your Trylle series, read the sample and loved it, and now have to wait until January to finish book #1!

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  79. Hi Amanda, I left this on your facebook page, too: I write science fiction and fantasy and have a couple of short stories I'd like to publish electronically. I could not find references to publishing one at a time at either Create Space or Author House. Can you send me a private message if you know a good outlet and procedure for that?

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  80. I read Hollowland and loved it. Your writing should get more exposure, and you need to do whatever it takes to accomplish that. Not everyone reads electronically so you need to make yourself accessible, and going with a large house will do that. Your situation is a demonstration of how e-publishing will bring to light good writers that might not have otherwise had the opportunity. Good luck.

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  81. I don't understand what the problem would be for your current fans. I purchased all of your books for my Kindle including the Trylle series. Anyone who is upset about the ebook price going up already has you on their radar and could get the books before that happens. I'm really excited for you to gain more of a fan following and for your series to be turned into a movie. I'll get to remind my family and friends that I already told them about you and they should have listened to me instead of rolling their eyes when I shared that I was reading a great series about a girl who finds out that she's really a troll. :0) Good luck and congrats!

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  82. The only thing I'm sad about is the fact that I purchased the first book in the Trylle trilogy, read it, went back to buy the next two... Only to find them gone. Talk about horrible timing!! :(

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  83. I also am one of those who simple just doesn't get it. You made money on your books. You have a loyal fan base by now. You were independent and had control over all rights.

    Why change that? You're definitely not selling out. But you're losing. More than you seem to imagine or conceive at the moment.

    I honestly am sorry for you. You had it and gave it away.

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  84. Well I am glad that through a google search I found your blog and was able to understand why I couldn't buy the 2nd book on Barnes and Noble and my friend could no longer buy the first book. I thought I was going crazy.

    Just finished Switched, and I am dying to read #2 in the series and will have such a hard time waiting until it comes out, but in the meantime I picked up a few of your other books to tide me over. Congrats on a publishing deal. The security and help of a publisher really does make life easier and they can help promote in a way that you can't. Your loyal fans will stay with you, and now you'll have more exposure. CONGRATS, and I thank you for keeping me company on my treadmill. =)

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  85. I have to agree with Renae. I am really sad that I can't get a hold on the book, but I understand your dedication to your product. I actually decided to give Hollowland a try almost purely based on the price and have been thrilled with it. I honestly can't wait until book 2 comes out and I'm only about halfway through the first!

    I really do wish that the Trylle books were available right now because I was seriously looking forward to reading them, so hopefully I'll remember come January!

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  86. Hi,

    today I have watched your story on German TV. I wish you good luck also for the future.

    Take care,
    Cengiz from Germany

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  87. Well... their loss. I am a epub reader and I was wondering why there where so many reviews on a book series that doesn't come out til Jan 2012. All the neg. reviews say the same thing...editing. You're addressing those commits in a wonderful way. I buy so many books I should own stock in BN. I'd rather wait til Jan and read the better book. Sell out...really? Geesshh. So silly.

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  88. Hey Amanda!
    I loved this series and the My Blood Approves books as well. I'm glad your getting your books out there! I have recommended your books to all my "reader" friends and it would be great to be able to go to "Walmart" and pick up a copy for those of my friends or are not Ereader fans and still love the "book experience". Congrats! Your a wonderful writer and deserve great success! I look forward to reading your work for many more years to come. I can now say that I started reading this great author when she was just starting out! Good luck, I hope this proves to be a great decision!

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  89. I agree with the above mentioned .I just tried out as you suggested and it works great Thank you so much.

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  90. Congrats on the publishing deal. The protection and help of the publisher certainly does make existence simpler plus they are able to help promote
    When we play the WOW, we need to try get the WOW Gold Cheap,thst's to say, spend less money, do we have any good way to Buy WOW Gold from trust friends or some way else? When we have that we can play the game becomes more quickly and update the levels more easy.

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  91. Just started reading "Switched" and happy to hear that you are making them more widely available because (thus far) it is an excellent read!!! :)

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  92. Glad more people will get to enjoy the books' amazingness. Want you to know that I read hundreds of books a year of many genres and your series is in my top 5 favourites of all times. I love them so much, thank for spending your time and creating such a great series! I was sad when they were over. Can't wait to hear more news on the movie as well, hope they can do the trilogy justice!

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  93. Hi, there will always be people that complain no matter what you do and in the end, it's your life and your stories. You can never make it right for everyone, so concentrate on the most important one - make it right for you. In my case - if you wouldnt have published your books I'd have never stumbled over your name and the Trylle story and that would be sad as I absolutely loved the first book and can't wait to read the other two. I'm a little old-fashioned, I hate ebooks and there is nothing that can make me read them, not even stories from my fav authors that are not published any other way. There is too much reading on screens all day long that it's such a relieve to turn all gadgets off, and cuddle up with a book. So thank you for your choice to publish them. It gives people like me the chance to experience this beautiful world you have created with your story. Looking forward to the next books and hopefully one day a movie about it - I'd certainly watch it.

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  94. You are not a sell out. You need to let st. martins handle the stress of business and you do what you do best WRITE :)

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  95. The only thing I'm sad about is the fact that I purchased the first book in the Trylle trilogy, read it, went back to buy the next two... Only to find them gone. Talk about horrible timing!! :(

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  96. I definitely don't think you're a sell out. You worked so hard on your own, self-published, and grew an amazing following... and then you got the opportunity to further expand your audience to the mainstream, AFTER you put so much into your books on your own. There's nothing wrong with that! :) If other people don't see that, then they are missing out~

    - Esther
    http://roseywinterrose.blogspot.com

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