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Friday, August 5, 2011

Quick Reminder

Just a quick reminder, folks: I'm unpublishing Torn and Ascend tonight at midnight (Central time), and they go down almost immediately. So this is your last chance to buy them until February and April 2012, respectively.

If you miss them today, it's not that big of a deal, because they will be out in a few months, which a much shorter amount of time then George R. R. Martin fans have to wait for the next book to come out. So comparitively, it's not big thing.

Plus, the new editions of the Trylle Trilogy coming out with St. Martin's in early 2012 have a little something extra with them that I think fans of the series will dig. I'll explain more about that next week.

Sometime next week, there should be a big cover reveal for all three books. It was going to be Monday, but we're doing some last minute cover changes, so it might be at the end of next week or possibly the week after. I will let you know as soon as I get the exact date. But trust me, the covers are worth the wait. 

For those of you wondering why I've unpublished the Trylle Trilogy, please read these blogs, which explain it all:

And Yet Another Announcement (from May 5, 2011)
Good News, Everyone (from July 26, 2011)
A Bit More on My Decision... (from July 28, 2011)

In conclusion: I'm sorry for any inconvenience this has caused any of you, and I appreciate those of you that bear with me through this transition.

But the fact is: I'm really excited. Not just about what this all means for the books, but what's going on for you, the readers. I literally cannot wait for you guys to see what we have up our sleeves. I'm going to start revealing a bit more next week, but until you guys get the books in your hands next year, I'm going to be sitting on pins and needles.

And I'm leaving you with this awesome song that I'm sorta of obsessed with right now:

EDIT: Based on my previous experience with unpublishing Switched last week, Torn and Ascend will NOT disappear from your Kindle or nook if you've already purchased them. (One reader did recommend backing them on your hard drive, just be on the safe side, because apparently, Amazon can and does very rarely remove books from you device wirelessly, but it cannot remove them from you hard drive.)

The books are however unavailable for lending. I was unaware that this would happen before unpublishing Switched. When questioned about it, Amazon basically stated that they couldn't do anything about it and it was up to the publisher. Since I am the publisher, and I'm fine with them them being lended, I'm not exactly sure who it is up to then. I apologize for that.


  1. OooOooOoo, can't wait to hear more about interest is peaked. Excited for all of your success! :)

  2. Can't wait to see what you've got for us! Congrats on this transition--I can't even imagine how excited you must be right now.

  3. How do you back them up on your hard drive?

  4. I don't think Amazon can take back the books once paid for and received unless they are willing to give back the purchase price, so I can't see that happening.

    Can't wait for the cover reveal SOO excitied.

  5. I can't weight to finally get my hands on one of your books. Seams how I don't have a kindle and all...

  6. OOH I cannot wait to see what you have 'up your sleeve' on this :)

    PS - Bret, if you have a cell phone you can download the Kindle free and read books on it. Thats how I started 'til I got a "real" kindle. Its awesome.

  7. I have to say, that I've read all your books and they were all amazing! I can't imagine how you will make them better, but I'm sure you will! And might I add, how absolutely young you look to have so many great books written already! Incredible, just incredible!

  8. Thanks for the reminder. Finished Switched, reading Torn, just bought Ascend. Love them so far :)

  9. I bought Switched two months ago. I was building up my Kindle and picked it up. I finished it this week, decided to buy the next book...and it's not there. I am highly disappointed by this decision to remove the sequels from availability. I read the amount of pressure on you for self-publishing, but this is ridiculous.
    If you were so eager to get paper copies out, using a service like would've made it easier. I write for myself, but I had made copies of my books made through their site. I gave them to my best friend (also a writer) and printed her book for her too. I can understand you're making business moves, but I think it's haphazard. In the physical sense, this is like distributing copies to bookstores and then burning them down. It took me awhile to figure out why I couldn't buy your other two books. I started putting my stories online ten years ago, but I never took them down. Even if I hated them later or thought I could do better, I did not have the right to take them away. Through my family, friends, and experiences in moderating online communities, I have seen the effect these created "worlds" have on people. Millions of people attach to fandoms, from Star Trek to Twilight to Harry Potter. They invest in it personally, they can start to think and see in different ways from a common humbug existence. My own interest in the Harry Potter universe as a child taught me to gain interest in writing. The avalanche effect it had improved my thinking and writing skills. It helped me through school and into my professional field. When this fervor ignites and spreads in populations, other ways of acquiring material pop up. People need to share and get their "fix" from their interests. Leaving this material unavailable for six months will ultimately peak in high rates of piracy of your work. Netflix and Hulu actually kill it by making material easily accessible digitally on-demand.

    I won't say anymore since I did enjoy Switched. You have a gift, but I see this as selling out.

  10. @ Jennifer-

    Star Trek, Harry Potter, and Twilight were all mainstream. Amanda is taking steps to make this series mainstream. How is that selling out? As far as I can see, she's making less money to get the book to more people. I think that's pretty awesome.

  11. @Jennifer --

    I fail to see why you think this will lead to Amanda's books being pirated? Amanda has sold over 1 million ebooks! So I am going to assume that the majority of the people who were interested in reading the books already have them. I can understand your frustration by starting a series but now having to wait several months before you can get the other two books in the series. However, how is this any different than the time between a novel being published and then having to wait at least a year for the sequel?

    How is Amanda selling out? Let's say you are a freelance graphic artist and do projects here and there. Are you saying that you would turn down a full-time position at a company doing the same exact thing? Despite the fact that you would get paid more and have more resources at your disposal? Give me a break. Amanda even said herself that she would actually be getting less money per book sale, all of this so she could actually get her books in store and accessible to more people. And like anonymous said, I think that's pretty awesome! :)

  12. I am obbsesed with your books I read all of the my blood approves in one night, you should really make them movies I no alot of people that would see them!

  13. Best of luck, I look forward to reading the reworked books.

  14. I don't think it's selling out, but raising the price 800% hurts the reader, and lowering the royalty rate hurts the author.

    With all of the momentum that Ms. Hocking generated by self publishing, to turn around and take less money while raising costs for her e-book readers by 800% seems to be bad for all parties except the publisher. Wanting to reach more readers is fine - keep the paper book price at $7.99, but why increase the e-book price by so much ? If one believes that the audience not yet reached is non-ebook readers, then pass the cost of the printing on to them, not to all. I just don't get it.

    Yes there will be new covers, and some edits. Is that worth an 800% price premium ? I think it's a bad business decision personally - one that is essentially 'forever', because all of the copies that would have sold to new readers at the old price and royalty rate will now face a much higher bar to entry at the new price point.

    Every e-book sold, from now to 50 years from now, has no incremental cost to produce - I just don't get how the $7.99 price is justified - that is a tremendous amount of overhead to produce something nearly identical to what had been produced and offered very profitably at $0.99.

    E-readership continues to grow, while paper book sales continue to shrink. To me it doesn't make any sense at all, but it's not my money, so I wish her all the best.

    It will make it much more difficult for my daughter to buy the new series when it comes out, as the old price fit her allowance, while the new ones will take a while for her to save for. I can tell you that she's not happy with your decision, and I'm finding it nearly impossible to explain the reasoning behind it to her.

    I would love to hear the publisher's point of view on why this e-book price point is justified - to me it seems very unfair to the author and the reader.

  15. Cool song, it's going on my itunes playlist. Thanks.

  16. Amanda, congrats on your success. You are a wealth of good ideas and exiting imagination. Honestly love your My blood approves series. I will continue to purchase your book however I don't see how raising the price of your e books is going to benefit your readers. I for one became a. Fan because the books were a great price. Anyhow, continued success to you. Hop you don't go Charlaine Harris on me with charging $15 for ebooks.

  17. Amanda, I'm happy for you, but I don't think raising prices is the right choice. I understand money needs to be made, etc.

    But I read your books b/c of the price. You raise the price, and you lose readers. I refuse to by expensive books incase I hate the book and lose my 10.00. (I've already had this happen to me)

    The book may be fantastic, but if I'm not familar with the author and the book is too much, I'm not buying. I also agree with Jennifer on publishing on Lulu.

    Congrats, but lower the price or you'll lose customers. If your next book is 7 or 10 dollars, I'll prolly buy cause your a great author, but I can't blow all my money!

  18. I agree with many of the comments here. Buying the books at Amanda's initial prices was a no-brainer. I took a chance and was willing to invest my time reading her books, knowing that if the stories weren't any good, I only lost a couple of bucks. Fortunately, I enjoyed the books, even though they had some errors.(For me, it was actually fun finding the errors).

    If the new ebook pricing matches that of other mainstream books, I think a reader becomes far more selective, weighing other options, or perhaps going into the self-published realm and looking to try other up-and-coming authors with better-priced books. Amanda was one of those authors so there's bound to be others.

    Regardless, I do not think it is fair for anyone to blame Amanda for making the decision to move to traditional publishing -- even at the expense of price increases for her books.
    Amanda may gain a more expansive readership, and that should be every good author's desire.

    Amanda can always self-publish again if traditional publishing doesn't work out as well as she hoped. But at least she tried it.

  19. People, people, calm down. Amanda doesn't fix the new prices when the St. Martin's Press versions are released, the publisher does. She has no say in the matter. And the reason she has to remove her self published versions is because she is LEGALLY under contract to do that, because she no longer owns the rights to those stories...Get it?

    This is normally what happens when you get published by a traditional publisher, so don't get upset with her and call her a "sellout" just because she actually got picked up by a big name publisher, GOOD FOR HER!

    Only a few of her titles were brought under contract. The others are still available, and she just might find herself returning to self publishing if she finds that she is not satisfied by her contract with St. Martin's Press. But please don't beat her up just because she did what any other writer in their right mind would do in the same position. This was her dream after all, to become a successfully published author. Don't knock her for that.

  20. Robin, noone is "knocking her"! We all love her books.But we beg to differ; is it better to have faithful readers the non traditional way, or pick up a "label" that will raise prices for you? I still don't see how "them" raising prices is better for the reader. I read somewhere that the author makes the books but the readers make the author. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. It doesn't mean that we don't love her work.

  21. I believe calling her names such as "sellout" actually does constitute knocking her.

    Raising the prices isn't better for the reader, however you are looking at this with a very narrow view. Amanda's work being picked up by a large traditional publisher will get her work out to so many MORE readers, as she is not all that well known, her publisher can get her books into actual brick and mortar stores. Plus they have the financial backing to do her justice in the promotional department by way of advertising and other efforts. Her work can now be enjoyed by everyone, not just the few on amazon. Now, with that being said, how is the publisher supposed to pay for all of this to happen? By raising the book prices!

    Besides, if you really love her work, then you'll pay the higher prices. They're not going to be THAT much higher anyway. I just think it's very selfish of any true FAN of hers to complain about something as trivial as her book's prices and calling her a "sellout" just because she is actually doing something that will help her writing reach a much larger audience.

  22. Well said Robin!

  23. I think I just threw up. We have a couple of false experts with bad advice and anonymous anonymous anonymous! Well since “so many” of you seem completely ignorant to the process allow me to enlighten you. Using a POD Vanity press (which is what LuLu is) does not get your books into Barnes & Noble. It does not get your book into Walmart or Target or ANY brick and mortar store where people could buy your book
    I don’t like picking fights, but I will for things I believe in. Amanda Hocking is a fantastic example of how two sides of publishing can learn to like each other, respect each other, and just sitting back and calling her a sellout only makes you look foolish. Neither way to achieve book publication is perfect and anyone who claims to know what the right way for someone else is needs to shut their trap.

  24. Very sweet of you to notify your readers. I personally can't wait to buy and read the new versions!

    Wishing you much success! :-)


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  25. @ajkulig

    You list your occupation on your blog as "Desperate Authoress" and say that you have "written many books [we] have never heard of, and [are] looking to change that one tweet at a time."

    With those wonderful credentials, I don't see how your advice can be any better than those readers you claim are "a couple of false experts with bad advice..." The only thing you've enlightened is that you're no expert either, and your comment adds nothing positive to the conversation. Just because a book can "get into Walmart or Target or ANY brick and mortar store" doesn't guarantee people will buy it. As a writer of so many books, you should know that. You should take the advice you offer in your last sentence and apply it to yourself.

  26. Anonymous, "ajkulig" might be coming across a bit harshly, but she is absolutely correct regarding how publishing works. Getting books into Walmart, Target, or any brick and mortar bookstore increases your chances of being discovered by new readers, much moreso than simply having your books available online through amazon or other sources, this is a FACT.

    While Amanda did very well on her own through self publishing, she will only increase her fanbase and sales exponentially by having her books on shelves everywhere due to being published by a large trad.

    Imagine a casual consumer in a Walmart store looking through the YA section of books. They don't know her name, but come across her work amongst the others available in the store. In that moment they may decide to purchase it, simply because it was ON THAT SHELF.

    This could never happen if she stayed with self publishing. Only the people who happen to peruse for their books *might* discover her. Amazon only contributes to a small percentage of a book's total sales, that is, books that are available through many different outlets. If Amanda stuck to self publishing, she'd be doing herself, her potential readers, and her books a disservice.

    Is the publishing model changing? You betcha! Eventually everyone and their grandmother will own an e-reader and will be exclusively downloading their books from online. Where not quite there...yet. But still, Amanda has done as much as she possibly could through self publishing. Now it's time to take things to a higher level.

  27. Geez, a boo boo. I meant to say WE'RE not quite there, not *where*. LOL!

  28. Agreeing totally with 'ajkulig' I think 'anonymous' is always a cowardly way to leave a comment, but very handy when you are being sarcastic. So 'anon' you clearly know nothing about the process of writing or publishing and it sounds to me like you enjoy a writer's work just so long as it doesn't hit your pocket. Publishing is changing and will continue to do so - PLEASE don't knock writers who choose different ways of getting their books out there. And remember that new writer who's not yet 'out there' might be your next favourite. You might actually use a proper name to post a comment then!

  29. Ah Anonymous is out to get me again, why wont they leave their name? Do you have hard time with sarcasm? Otherwise I don’t understand why you are attempting to throw my humor back in my face. I am sorry I am not a good enough expert for you; I will try harder next year. In fact, I’d like to personally invite you to the writing conference I co-created with another not expert. Though, you might not be impressed with the teachers we have lined up for the classes. After all, they are real, undisputed gurus.

    I am a bit confused as to why you think Amanda Hocking won’t sell books in brick and mortar stores? Even ignorant amateurs such as myself can Google WHAT sells a book. Here are a few ways to book sales in no particular order: Write a good book. Have good cover art. HAVE YOUR PRODUCT AVALIABLE WHERE PEOPLE CAN PURCHASE IT. I mean it’s not rocket science. SO based off that I am going to say she we will be highly successful. Of course, you don’t have to listen to me. Time will tell.

    I tried to bring in a “real expert” (or 6) but they all told me that you are just a troll and I shouldn’t let you get under my skin. What is sad is, I am actually really pro self-publishing, but you have to be REALISTIC about it. You don’t get on your podium and stick your fingers in your ears when someone tells you facts.

    And for the record, I told NO ONE which path they should take in publication. You tried to say what someone should be doing that had already chosen their direction, I just defended their decision.

  30. On topic: while sales of printed books are declining and eBook sales are increasing, printed books still make up over 80% of the market. I expect Amanda to more than make up in print sales what she's going to lose in eBook sales. Then again, I could be wrong. But calling her a "sellout" is silly. A lot of us are watching the really successful eBook publishers — not only hoping to emulate their success, but to see what's coming in the publishing industry. It seems to me that having big (or even modest) success as a self-publisher is now the surest way to get the traditional publishers to sign you on.

    BTW, I wouldn't dis @ajkulig. She's the one holding the gun when we're #writingatgunpoint.

    Off topic: Way upthread, an anon commenter asked how to copy books from a Kindle to PC. Back in April, I wrote a blog post that describes how to go the other way (PC to Kindle, if for example you downloaded a book from Gutenberg or Smashwords). Going Kindle to PC is straightforward: once you have your Kindle connected to the PC, everything you're looking for is in the documents folder.

    There's also a free program called Calibre that makes copying back and forth pretty easy.

  31. I can't say anything regarding publishing that hasn't already been said above so I won't rehash the information.

    What I will say however is that had anonymous bothered to go further than simply glancing at @ajkulig's profile and read her blog, he would know that she spends an enormous amount of time helping and encouraging other writers.

    She’s a talented writer and an expert as far as I’m concerned. And at least she’s not afraid to put her name beside every word she says.

  32. @ Robin

    Robin, thank you for your responsive and well-argued comments.

    You're right, Ajkulig did come across antagonistically, from her first vomit sentence to her ending command for certain commenters to "shut their trap." Her remarks were condescending as well.

    Ajkulig's follow up post is less contentious so I will apologize for getting under her skin in exchange for her acknowledgment that her post could have been less-combatively written.

  33. You know, I considered apologizing this morning for being snippy. However, I should not have to play nice when you are attacking someone or something that I personally believe. Amanda Hocking is awesome, she has inspired a ton writers with dreams and she has been completely gracious about everything she has earned. It upsets me that people—especially those who hide behind a mask —come to her house just to slander her. WHY? Because she didn’t do what you would do? That is crazy talk.
    Want to disagree? Great! I’d love a healthy debate, but for that you’d have to show your face first.

  34. @ajkulig:

    I'd suggest you re-read the Anonymous comments more carefully and not attribute each anonymous post to only one commenter. For example, did you perhaps miss the following 'Anonymous' post above?:

    "Regardless, I do not think it is fair for anyone to blame Amanda for making the decision to move to traditional publishing -- even at the expense of price increases for her books. Amanda may gain a more expansive readership, and that should be every good author's desire.

    Amanda can always self-publish again if traditional publishing doesn't work out as well as she hoped. But at least she tried it. August 9, 2011 6:09 PM"

    As you said, "[y]ou don’t get on your podium and stick your fingers in your ears when someone tells you facts." The above post is, in fact, a FACT, which anyone can easily read above.

    You were right to consider "apologizing this morning for being snippy." Perhaps you will still do so.

  35. I think it would be fair to say that as writers we tend to get a little passionate when people question our motives for doing whatever it is we do. Some tell us that self publishing will be the end of any chance to be "legitimately" published. Others insist that going indie is the only way, and if you veer from that path then you are "selling out".

    In the publishing world there are actual arguments between writers concerning rules, honing your craft, paying your dues, etc., etc...It's mind boggling, and in the long run it is silly because realistically we all do this because we love writing and want to share our stories with the rest of the world.

    I feel deep in my heart that Amanda only wanted to do her very best, and have the opportunity to share her work with a larger audience. She's been given that chance.

    Look, I'm an old sentimental lady. I kinda feel proud of Amanda for doing what she did, and yet remaining ever so graceful and unspoiled by the whole thing. I truly applaud her for it! For this she deserves a lot of respect.

  36. I will applogize when you show your face.

    It is very obvious that the annoymous posters are not the same person, as they talk of a variety of things in a range of voices. However, you seemed to know who I was talking to.

    You are making less and less sense. Tell me who you are, and we can call it a day. What are you worried about? Bad press? Stand by what you believe in, or you are just a creditless troll.

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  38. Very well said Robin, I feel the same way really. I swear I am not a horrible person, but I have no respect for people who wont stick their neck out for what they believe it. I don't even care, believe in something and I will respect you for it.

  39. Ajkulig, there is no good that can come from this, and right now this is simply going to devolve into negativity. This is something that doesn't belong on Amanda's blog. I see your point, but I believe that we've all helped to make things a little more clear to those outside of the writing world. Maybe now with a better understanding of how things actually are, those fans who didn't agree with Amanda's move can feel better about her decision.

  40. Hi. This is me, Amanda, host of this blog.

    I should've stepped in earlier to moderate comments, but I was actually fairly busy today.

    But I'm here now. And here's what I have to say about some of the things that have been said:

    1. My ebook sales have been steadily dropping over the last few months, I think in large part because I have "tapped out" (for lack of a better term) the current ereader market. Meaning that unless something else drastic happens - i.e. a major marketing campaign, my ebook sales are just going to drop or possibly plateau. The point is that I need to do something new to reach a new audience.

    2. Regardless of anyone is happy about the decision, I can't back out of things now, even if I wanted to (which I don't) because it would be a serious breach of contract, and that would cost me lots and lots of money. So I'm going to move forward with things as they are set up. But I am doing that because I want to.

    3. The only way an author can get books in stores like Target and Walmart is with a publisher. Theoretically, you could do it with Createspace, but I've never heard of that happening. Even with a publisher, it's still difficult to do. I would like to be able to reach the 50-80% of the market that doesn't own ereaders, and the best way to do that is by getting books in stores. And guys, please remember, the paperbacks are incredibly cheap. Seriously. I envision most of the sales coming through paperbacks, as the paperbacks are a heck of a steal. If the ebook is too expensive for you, don't buy the ebook. But the paperback instead or check it out from the library or borrow it from a friend. That's the whole point of this. To give people more options, to make it more accessible to readers.

    4. Each writer has a different career. Stephen King's was vastly different than Stephanie Meyer's. Douglas Addams is different from George R. R. Martin. And my career is way different than what's been seen so far. So nobody - not even me - can really be certain how this will all turn out. I just try to think carefully about each decision, weigh the pros against the cons, and try to come up with the best solution for my books, my readers, and myself. I might screw up and I might totally fail. That's true. But I think the risk is worth at least trying. And we'll all see how it goes from here.

    5. I know ajkulig from the Twitter. She's one of my tweeps. I think that's why she reacted so intensely. And in all my Twitter interactions with her, she's been very nice and sane. She was just hurt on my behalf and trying to defend me. And I appreciate that, but I think things got a little out of control here.

    6. I allow anonymous comments because I want to keep the discussion open. It's true that people are more likely to express negativity when they're anonymous, but that's part of the reason I leave it open too. I want to hear what people think about things, even if its sometimes unpleasant to hear. So far, I've had no reason to change that. If I do feel people are being outlandishly mean or trolling around, I might change that in the future, but I don't feel that was the case here.

    7. Let's all play nice here. This is just a silly little blog where I talk about nothing of importance. There is no need to take things personally here.

  41. Amanda, thank you very much for your explanation. I wish you the very best success with your transition to traditional publishing and anything else you decide to do.

    As for ajkulig, I will put aside the response prepared and call it a day.

  42. LOL Robin, you are very sweet.

    Thanks for the in depth explanation Amanda, I know you have gone over it before and I appreciate you taking the time to rehash it here. BTW WHEN is the cover reveal, I am DYING!

  43. OMG!!! I just finished Torn and popped on to buy Ascend and it's gone!!! Noooooooooo!!! I knew I should have bought it when I finished reading Switched :( This is going to be the longest 6 months ever! So mean Amanda to get me hooked!

    However it's great to see your books will be reaching a wider population soon.

    Well done!

    Now, I'm going to buy the My Blood Approves series right away!!


  44. I think its great the books will be out in paper back, honestly there are people i want to have read the books that are pro-holding the real book in their hand and even if the prices raise in future books i love amanda and will continue to read the books.

  45. I just finished reading Switched. I am not happy that i can not purchase the next book for my nook. I had faith that the next one would be there for my nook. But alas, it was not. I am a bit perturbed, maybe because i finished this book at 2:30 am.

  46. I am very disappointed that cannot download the other books in the Trylle series. I finally had time to read once my classes were done and loved the Switched book. Now, I am stuck because I can't even have my friend lend them to me. I think it was a poor decision to take them off Amazon without an e-mail to every person who purchased Switched. Not really thinking about those who purchased your book.

  47. Amanda,
    I bought Switched along with some other great bargain books (on my kindle) a few months ago. I didn't get to reading it until last week. Their is really no way to get the next book until 2012? Can someone lend it to me from their Kindle? Or has that option been deactivated? I'm really left hanging here. Any suggestions? Please reply to

  48. amanda,
    i read the Trylle Trilogy sometime last year. the pre-published on my e-reader. i am just wondering if there were significant changes and that if maybe i should pick up the published versions now. please let me know. by the way i loved it from start to end.thanks!