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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hollowmen News!

Good news, everybody! I have published Hollowmen for the Kindle and the Nook! They should both be for sale within the next 24-72 hours.

And because I know I'm going to get asked this a lot, and probably still get angry comments and emails demanding to know why people can't get the book yet, I'm going to bold this part: From this point on, I have absolutely no control or idea when the books will be published. It's up to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and it should be sometime in the next 72 hours.

I'm very excited about this. I worked very hard on this book, and I hope that you'll all enjoy it. I definitely think this book is a bit more R-rated than its successor, so that's something to keep in mind if you're purchasing it for your children. As always, I recommend that parents read books before and/or with their kids so they can decide what's appropriate for them.

As soon as the book does go for sale, I will post links on where to get it at. People are usually pretty good about letting everyone know when they find it, so you can also check out my Facebook and Twitter, because things tend to pop up there before my blog.

And as excited as I am about all of this, I feel like I need to get something off my chest. I want to preface this by saying that I love you guys and I appreciate you and I know that I wouldn't be here without you. But lately, I've been getting more and more feedback stating that you don't think that's true. And I've also been getting yelled at more because I'm not doing things how or when you wanted me to.

And here's the thing, guys. I love you. Really I do. And I show that love by always trying to do the best I can for you. Writing the best possible books I can for you. I'm not a factory, though. I'm a person. And sometimes things take longer than I mean for them to, just because that's how writing goes or sometimes because things happen in my personal life.

This doesn't mean that I don't love you. I don't delay the release of a book to piss you off. In fact, I try to never set particular release dates for books so I can't disappoint you, yet somehow, for reasons I don't know, I hear things like, "Hollowmen was supposed to be out on October 19th! Where is it?!" When I have never, ever, ever issued an exact release date for that novel. Never. So I don't know where people heard that date, but then they were mad at me because I hadn't delivered on something I'd never even promised.

I try really hard to make everybody happy, but that's impossible, and as a result, I'm giving myself an ulcer and developing an aversion to blogging. Because inevitably a blog will lead to comments about how I'm making someone very unhappy in some way. And I don't want to make anyone unhappy. I want to make you all happy, and not just because of what you've done for me, but because I like to make people happy.

I am currently incredibly stressed out by a multitude of things going on my life. Not all of them are work related, but some of them are. And it's because of this I find it so upsetting when people are all, "You don't even care!" Because I care very much. Too much in fact, and it's probably this excessive amount of caring that is ruining my life.

I guess what I'm saying is that I do care. I am doing the best I can for you. And things might not always get done as soon as you want them, and I'm sorry about that, but things don't always get done as soon as I want them too, either. I wanted this book published in October. But it wasn't ready then, and I'd rather wait a month and publish a better book then rush through something and publish a piece of crap so you can have it sooner. I think that's far more respectful to you the reader.

121 comments:

  1. Your books are GREAT!! I love them, my daughter loves them, and as long as YOU love them that is all that matters! Take care of yourself, no one can please everyone!

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  2. Keep raking in the loot. I love to see success.Its what the prebs need to aim for.

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  3. PERFECT timing!! I go on vacation Friday and I can't think of a better way to relax than to read Hollowmen on my Kindle at the beach!!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing Hollowland! I can't wait to read it!
    And I know you care, one of the main reasons I follow your blog is to see where you're at and going. But you're quite the busy woman so I'm honestly pretty surprised you're able to do half of the things you do!
    And trust me, I would much rather read a book that you finished and feel confident about than a version you're trying to get done to rush and put it out there.

    Keep it up Amanda!

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  5. I don't care when your books come out.. I only care that they do come out and you keep writing! Your an amazing writer and I love that. Btw I can't wait to read this book!

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  6. This made me so sad! I just celebrated my 40th birthday (which may make me one of your oldest readers :) and with age comes wisdom right? It is apparent to me, and I hope to you, that these nay sayers are the ones with the problem NOT YOU! I pray that you continue to love what you do & remember everyday why you decided to do it. I can't wait for Hollowmen & anything else that you come up with in the future.

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  7. I am definitely addicted to your books. You are an incredibly talented writer and I can see where you are coming from. As a reader, I can see both sides.. I am anxiously awaiting the next/last book of "My Blood Approves" but I hate it when ppl complain! I have never really done much twit/blogging before but I felt that you needed to know that some of us DO understand! Great books take time! Keep up the good work and for the record, I NEVER expect a book to come out on the exact release date! On a brighter note, your books are like Heroin. So ignore the lashing out comments bc ppl are just in addiction mode! Thanks for ALWAYS keeping me drooling, laughing or hanging on the edge of my seat! Jen

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  8. I think you are amazing and i look forward to every book you release as you are just that GREAT. I'm sorry you are feeling stressed out by your fans we have no right as if we think we could do better then we'd have a go but i know with no shadow of doubt that i'd never in a million years be able to come up with and put together anything close to the standard of your worlds. With Love B x

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  9. You are an amazing writer and you are worth the wait. Patience is a learned skill and obviously some have not learned that skill yet. We know you love us, so take as much time as you need. And don't forget to enjoy your life too. Can't be about us all the time.

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  10. I think you are a Great Writer, I Love ALL your books. People just need to learn patience like I have, it may not be easy, but like you said you rather wait to publish a better book than a piece of crap. I for one agree with you. Hello people! there are other books out there to fill up your time before she releases Hollowmen. Please continue doing what your doing, You are Amazing! I look forward to reading Hollowmen:-)

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  11. "I try really hard to make everybody happy, but that's impossible, and as a result, I'm giving myself an ulcer and developing an aversion to blogging."

    I am sorry to hear this. I think a certain amount of this was inevitable in the wake of your success, though.

    But I am still sorry to hear it.

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  12. Don't do it! :) Don't let your great success become a burdon! You are doing what YOU love and that is what WE love! I just had my second baby and can't wait to enjoy my maternity leave holding my new baby and reading about Zombies :) Thank you for what you do and I will wait as long as it takes to read whatever it is you release! PS Drink lots of milk it helps ulcer pain. lol

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  13. Can't wait to read it. Live your life, do what you need to do for you.

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  14. You are great and I love your books you have no idea how much I love them. I cannot wait to read this the first book was my favorite. And after that first chapter of this book ohh my god.. Big hug and you're awesome

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  15. I know exactly what you mean by caring too much that it hurts you, I'm definetly that kind of person too. Please don't take to heart what those incredbly rude people are saying to you. Your true fan base cares about you just as much as you care about us and we never think for one minute that you don't care. Please keep in mind that there are more supportive and enthusiastic fans than jerks out there and we love you and your amazing writing! Keep your head up and thank you so much for your beautiful books! Having said that, I'm SOOO excited for Hollomen and I can't wait to read it! Thank you again for all your hard work, please know we appreciate it :)

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  16. I enjoy reading your books, but I don't live by them. In other words, I read them for entertainment value. I wish people would realize you write when you can and sometimes it takes time to get the right story line. Congrats on the new book!

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  17. I agree with all the people so far. You are amazing! Kudos to you for finding a way to do what you love and make money at it. I too would rather wait and have a book you are happy with instead of one you rushed. Thank you for caring for your readers - but more importantly - care for yourself.

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  18. You do what you need to and have to do. Your fans will follow you!! I will wait as patiently as I can for them, and promise not to be a brat!! LOL

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  19. I'm so excited about this book! Ignore the assholes. A true fan should appreciate that you want the best possible novel published. Please don't stop blogging. Your blog is as entertaining as your books. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of the process!

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  20. I hope that the people who are nagging you aren't ruining your opinion of the rest of us. I truly appreciate your blog and the way you keep us posted on future developments. What you do is an art, and unfortunately sometimes there's just no way to rush art. I admit that I was waiting on pins and needles for Hollowmen too and I'm excited that you've published it- I'll keep an eye out and make sure that I DL it the minute it becomes available!

    I really hope that you can develop a thick skin where ungrateful people are concerned. With success comes criticism, but the good news is, for every critic you have, there are probably ten diehard fans who would pounce on said critic immediately for his/her insolence. ;-) Have a good one, and try not to take it personally!

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  21. Very excited to read Hollowmen! Hollowland was one of my favorite books last year, so I can't wait for the sequel. Keep the faith, Amanda, delays happen. We can't control everything, and when we do, we just dig ourselves a bigger hole. You're doing great work, just keep on keeping on.

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  22. Oh Amanda

    Your books are amazing so are you. You will never be able to please everyone I guess people just get so immersed in your stories the waiting game is hard. But that's no excuse don't disappear fron your blogs and Facebook we love to hear from you. Just know you can't please everyone but there are alot of
    People out there me included that appriciate you and your work
    And the worlds you create for us. Your amazing don't doubt that

    Jocelyn

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  23. Looking forward to it! Congratulations!

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  24. Amanda, I for one really appreciate how quickly you get out your books. I may be impatient, but that is my problem and no one should be taking it out on you. I am grateful for the short time. I have had to wait for well over a year (past 2 for one book) for books before. It is not the authors fault. It takes a team to get it out. I really hope that you continue with your blogging as you have done in the past. It helps cheer up my day to read one. Karma will get the negative people eventually. Some people need to remember “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

    I LOVE your work and am so happy for your success! You deserve it. I look forward to watching you grow.

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  25. Aw, you just keep taking your time and doing it right. Don't worry about a few impatient people. Keep yourself grounded and keep on keepin' on.

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  26. Well I always say if you're just going to half-a$$ it, then you shouldn't even attempt it, so thanks for not doing that! Love reading your books no matter how long it takes them to come out, just keep writing.

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  27. You are an amazing and talented author!! People live your work so much, I know I do!! Don't listen to the bad, just take the good and keep doing what u do!! It inspires me and am sure there are tons of others who feel the same!!

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  28. As your success increased so will the numbers of negative comments. Thats just the waynumbers it works. Poeple feel like they know you and you have a responsibility to them. Your responsibility is to you, your well being, and your work. You will have to develop the skills to deflect this or you will be sick and unhappy. Start with some perspective...you are not where you are today because of your readership. You are where you are today because you write imaginative, fun, unique stories that people like to read. You did that! That's why you developed a readership to begin with! AND look at these comments for what they are...these folks love you work so much that they can't wait to read the next book and they WILL read it when ever it come out!

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  29. Just breathe sweetie. Breathe deep and slow, in through your nose out through your mouth, and repeat after me. "I work hard and my hard work is worth the wait". Just like every good writer you put a piece of yourself in to your work. I think that shows. So I truly appreciate your taking your time on Hollowmen. It's your story and it's complete when you feel it is. Taking the time you need to make it just right is no crime. I think too few people understand just what goes on during the creative process. Of course you aren't a factory your and story teller, a bard of sorts. I see the love you have for your readers in the very stories you tell. So go have yourself a glass of wine and soak your feet, you have earned a little "Amanda time".

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  30. Amanda,
    I want to thank you for all your hard work. I'm sorry that some people say things like that, they just don't understand. I am very appreciative that you took your time to finish this book and make it great, and not rush it just so it would be done. I hate when authors do that, because then the book just doesn't flow like the first. So, thank you again, I know you care, that's why you are one of my favorite authors. I'm sorry your so stressed right now, I hope things go well for you. I can't wait to read Hollowmen and all your other books, and I will wait patiently on them because I know they will be worth the wait.

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  31. I forgot to mention- if your readers think you don't publish fast enough, they should try being a fan of Jean M. Auel. I started reading the Earth's Children series around age 12, circa 1996, and I tore through the first four books in a matter of weeks. I had to wait till 2002 before the fifth book came out, and the sixth book wasn't released till March of this year- nine years later! I don't know if I could wait that long for Hollowmen, so I'm glad you don't take nine years to write a book. The rest of your readers should feel the same.

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  32. Amanda,
    I read "Hollowland" over Halloween weekend, appropriately enough, and loved it. I can't wait to read "Hollowmen." I have to tell you that I was reluctant to read the first one, because zombies literally give me nightmares. Ever since I was a kid I would have nightmares of being trapped in a room with windows boarded up and I can see the shadows of hoards of zombies trying to get in.

    Anyway, I am glad I put my fears aside and read it, because I loved it. That's not to say that I didn't still have dreams about it....I did. LOL
    Your first book is pretty terrifying so I can't wait to see how freaked out I'll be with the next.

    Thanks!
    Danna

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  33. I just finished Hollowland and was thrilled to find out that the next one will be up soon. I loved it and still can't get it out of my head after having finished it two days ago. If there is one thing I know about the Internet, it's that people can be total a-holes. Don't let them give you an ulcer. You've achieved what so many people can only dream about - enjoy it.

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  34. Amanda,
    I'm 61 and have read and loved your 'Torn' trilogy and zoomed through Hollowland in a day. I am very happy that I will be able to get Hollowmen in a few hours! Love your books! Don't let anyone guilt trip you. Trust me, it's not worth the stress it causes. I would like to see some of your critics crank out books the way you do. It's a hard, hard job. Hang in there girl, you are doing a great job. Thank you.

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  35. I also don't care when your books come out as long as they do! I feel bad for you that you are getting negative feedback, you don't deserve it. You are one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure to come upon and I hope "this crap" doesn't stop you from doing what you love and what you are good at. It's sad that today's society has become such and immediate demanding one, good things are worth waiting for! Keep writing and I will keep reading! Blessings!

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  36. This is for you, girl! Hang in there and just live your life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVHN6eO4Xg

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  37. some people will never be happy. If the book is late they will complain, if you have it out earlier they will complain, Even if you put it out early and free they will complain. Then you have all the people that have already made comments about how much You are loved by them! I love your books and want more and more! you are an amazing writer! I hope you continue to create your beautiful works of art we all love to read!

    stephanie

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  38. Amanda you are an amazing author. I love your books and have been passing you on to my friends who love you too!! Don't let a few negative people get you down and give you an ulcer! Most people don't realize what it takes to write a book. You need to be happy with the work you are putting out and you know if you rushed to put something out and it wasn't up to standerd people would be on you about that too. Some people just like to complain. Yes you need your fans to buy your books but you are not at their beck and call as some people seem to think. Just keep doing what you're doing and ignore those who are yelling at you. I get impatient waiting sometimes too but would never criticize an author for taking the time to but out the best work possible. You are worth the wait!!

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  39. Awesome, I can't wait to read Hollowmen! The first chapter got me psyched! You are so sweet to try to make everyone happy, but we readers can WAIT! Try not to stress; those readers who are annoyed, angry, or whatever are lucky that you are still independently publishing some of your stories at a reduced price and so we don't have to wait even longer for it to print, be distributed, etc...Thanks Amanda for all of your hard work and for your great stories!!!! :)

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  40. I am so glad hollowmen is finaly coming out soon. I read hollowland in june and have been desperate to see what happens next. im glad ive only had to wait a few months. some authors wait years to release sequels to their books! I dont see how some people are upset over this book not having been released.

    Keep up with the good work amanda!

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  41. I know as a writer it's your nature to worry about what your readers think, but when it is making your personal life more stressful then it's time you stop worrying about them and start focusing on yourself. Take a vacation, we will still be here when you get back :-)

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  42. Life does get in the way and you can not but a time limit on creativity. Try to relax and know that there are many fans that do love you and will patiently wait for your books to come out when they are ready. You can not make everyone happy and there are always going to be people that get mad and yell. Try not to focus on them because they arent going to be happy wether the book came out sooner or later and they will always find something to me mad about. You have a lot to be proud of and try to stay focued on that.

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  43. Oh, please cheer up! Your books are superbly written and well worth the wait!! I, for one, am just grateful it's due out anytime now!! :)

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  44. I will gladly wait extra months or even a year, if it means the book would be better. When you release them does not matter to me, I am just excited to devour a new book. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!

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  45. Unfortunately the more fans you get, the more haters and bullies you will receive also. You can never please everyone, just try not to let peoples rudeness or ignorance bring you down! As for Hollowmen, I am thrilled! I already read the chapter you posted online and I have to find out why that alarm is going off and who's calling out for Remy!

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  46. Oh, yay, this news makes me happy!

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  47. As the saying goes, "You can please some of the people all of the time, or you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time." I know it's a hard lesson to learn, sometimes I struggle with it myself. As far as this person goes, however? Right now I am very pleased and eagerly awaiting Amazon putting Hollowmen up. I'd much rather wait the extra month and get a quality publication, than have you rush it and put something out that you (and potentially your fans) wouldn't be happy with. Above all else, be true to your craft, and the vast majority of us will be right there with you, cheering you on.

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  48. Wow, I just can't understand how people can be so mean and selfish. The world doesn't revolve around them. They should encourage you so that you'll want to continue to write. People forget, you do this because you love it. You have choices just like everyone else, you could always just stop writing.

    Amanda- I understand that you really care about your fans and you'd love to be able to please everyone. I get that, I'm the same way. However, you are one person & no matter what you do, there will always be someone you can't please. Life is short, don't waste un necessary time & energy on those people. I know it's tough but just let it roll off your shoulders, take care of yourself, enjoy your life, you deserve it :-)
    I love all your books, enjoy reading your blog and have no problem waiting for one of your books. You are an amazing women! Thank you Amanda for sharing your stories with us.

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  49. Just this past week I read a sequel book, by another author, that I have been waiting on for quite awhile. I was very disappointed! I never have that feeling with your books, so whatever your process is.....stick with it!

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  50. You have to decide...listen to the bad comments or focus on the ones I always see on this blog about how much you are loved. Half full or half empty. You are loved by far more than by those who are annoyed (and they love you too or they wouldn't care about when your book comes out). People are impatient.

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  51. You are an amazing writer! I feel very humbled to read your work. You're always worth the wait and then some. Letting us peek inside your happiness every so often is all we should ask for.

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  52. My Advice: Try not to care so much! ;o) You are an amazing writer and everyone who reads your books knows that. A lot of your readers are young and only know life with Twitter, Facebook, etc. Before the internet we knew that a book came out when we saw it on a book store shelf. With the constant stream of communication everyone is used to getting everything fast. The world does not always work that way and there is nothing you can do about it. So, enjoy your success! I know I will wait patiently for every book you decide to release! :)

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  53. To the reader who just turned 40....I have you beat by 8 years. :) Age doesn't matter....we know a great author when we read one! :) Can't wait to read Hollowmen Amanda....keep up the great work! Much love to you :)

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  54. Congrats, and great news! Don't let jerk faces get you down. You just do what you need to do, and that's enough. You're amazing, keep it up!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  55. 24-72 hours!!!! I can barely breathe with excitement. Amanda you are one of the best authors ever and your stories are so different from all the over "dark rommance" books in the genre yet if they are alike to another, they shine in their own way. I have been checking my kindle every morning so it is weird to think that I can wake up tomorrow and possibly be reading the book and finding out what happens to all my favourite characters. I love you amanda and all the people that give you a hard time about the release date are just desperate to read such an amazing book. Dont listen to the haters because there are a hell of a lot of people who are here for a hell of a lot of support. Take your time and keep on producing mind blowingly fantastic books.
    Can not wait for more Lazlo, Remy, Blue and Harlow!!! Thank you Amanda xxxxx

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  56. 1st of all - HELL YES! I'm so excited!

    2nd of all - Listen, Amanda... when people say things like that and act that way, you just have to ignore them like you would a child throwing a tantrum. Your REAL fans who love you and all of your hard work, understand. We would rather you take more time and do a job that you're proud of. I know it's hard sometimes, but take those crappy comments with a grain of salt.

    I hope everything is okay, and that you get some stress relief soon :)

    One more thing... will there be a book 3? When will it be out? HURRY AND WRITE IT! lol... I'm kidding.

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  57. Excellence is WORTH waiting for..no matter now long it takes! I'm really excited to get further into Remy's story :) Don't let the naysayers ruin your love of the written word Amanda! You write when and how long you want..your TRUE fans will be waiting patiently for the end results!

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  58. You are doing a great job. Please don't get discouraged. I am so looking forward to Swear whenever it may come out. Just immerse yourself in you writing, you do it so wonderfully

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  59. People need to calm down because most authors take sometimes 2 years to write a novel. They need to get over it and stop being little children about it. I would much rather have a great book that took a year to write than something put together in a rush and comes out horrible.

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  60. Your fans love you Amanda :) Thanks for doing soooo much for us. xoxo

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  61. Maybe one of the reasons your books are so popular is because the characters are so real and relational. I can see myself being friends with them. I am betting your writing reflects who you are. I love how honest, and real, and humble you are and your books are so refreshing to read! Thank you for giving so much of yourself to us! Please take care of yourself, maybe go on vacation. Go recharge and come back strengthened and renewed. Because I know, as well as the others here, that you are a PERSON and not a MACHINE. Your true fans will wait patiently for the brilliance you share!

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  62. I agree with everyone, your true fans will wait patiently.We may bug you every so often and ask when your books will be published but know that you are taking time to ensure the finished product is exactly how you wanted it.Thank you for writing such intriguing novels, i cant wait for the books that are to come!!

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  63. DON'T STOP BLOGGING/WRITING/IMAGINING/CREATING AMANDA! You are a very great talent, and it saddens me to think that we, your readers, are a cause of stress in your life. Please know that the vast majority of us (as displayed above) realize that the magic you share with us doesn't happen over night. We love you and love to support you. Heck, I know I love the anticipation of a good book almost as much as my journey through it, so keep it up my friend!

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  64. I wonder what charlaine Harris fans do to her! Usually the sookie stack house books are a whole year apart! Amanda your books are great and are coming out in alarmingly fast rate and are really entertaining! You have turned yourself into a household name, and frankly not all households are polite, nice, or patient!

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  65. Kudos to you for what you do, how you do it, and why you do it! Keep going at it because you do it well. What you are shouldering is a tremendous amount of work (I can only imagine)but the end result is great.

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  66. I suffer from the same affliction. It upsets me to see that so many other people suffer from the same disorder, cuz you know, I'd much rather they be happy.

    You are an amazing writer and I love your books! Just keep doing what you're doing, because it works for you. If you wanted to publish crap, those people could have another book tomorrow, but fortunately you prefer to publish quality, so they'll have to wait.

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  67. I agree with you. I would much rather wait a few weeks/months to get a better product. I have been anxiously awaiting Hollowmen and I am going to be stalking Amazon for the next day or 2 :)

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  68. And it's live...

    http://www.amazon.com/Hollowmen-The-Hollows-2-ebook/dp/B006520VDS

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  69. Still not up on amazon.co.uk though

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  70. It is on amazon.co.uk at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollowmen-The-Hollows-2-ebook/dp/B006520VDS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320880819&sr=1-1

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  71. I can't believe that people can get sooo upset with you over something that takes time to produce. It's a process and since they don't know that, then they just make assumptions on why your books haven't come out yet. I don't care when you publish your books, I just read them when they are released and enjoy them to the max because your an awesome writer. Don't let others bring you down. Take Care of yourself and keep on making such great books.

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  72. Oh YEA!!! Thank you, Amanda XD. I have been sooo excited for the continuation of the Hollowland series! I know it's easier said than done, but don't worry so much about the negative things people say, especially when they express their impatience. They really aren't thinking realistically considering it would be difficult if not impossible for you to have had this many titles published the traditional method this quickly. Instead, you chose to quadruple the work you would have to do on your own and self-publish. These are YOUR books. YOU decide when they are finished XD In the end, who's name is on them? Yours.
    Thank you for working so hard and sharing these wonderful stories with us. You are truly, one of a kind!

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  73. My mom is 50 and she reads Amanda's books and My mother-in-law is 59. She reads them. So there!

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  75. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I'M SO EXCITED. I JUST GOT THE BOOK AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT =D

    AMANDA YOU ARE AMAZING AND I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS. DONT PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT PEOPLE SAY BECAUSE YOU WRITE GREAT BOOK. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR BOOKS AND KEEP WRITING SO I CAN READ THEM =D

    P.S SORRY FOR BEING SO OBNOXIOUS WITH THE CAPS I'M JUST SO EXCITED

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  76. Well, I am 40. A magical time. Right? I love all Amanda's books. Thus said...It hurts to hear that her readers are upsetting her about uncontrolable issues with the books. This will only slow her down and change the outcome of the books. Ummm, ever think of that? So sad. We need her to be happy then she will be able to write more wonderful stories to share with us.
    Go Amanda...create a wonderful escape and have a vacation.

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  77. I just saw on Amazon that you are a member of the Kindle million book club!!!! That is so awesome! I also just want to say that I so appreciate your work. You have provided us with books so quickly and consistently. With many authors we often have to wait years between books. So thank you and I am excited for the arrival of Hollowmen.

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  78. THANK YOU!!! Thanks for all your hard work, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your books!!!

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  79. HOLLOWMEN IS OUT ON AMAZON! YOU HAVE TO SEARCH FOR HOLLOWMEN THE HOLLOWS#2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  80. Don't worry about what everyone else says, you create wonderful stories and they are well worth the wait!

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  81. Wow, Amanda. I'm not sure what all has been happening, but I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and feelings and making sure readers know they are first in what you produce. I suppose my appreciation comes form being both a writer and a reader. As a writer, you want to give your best so I can understand the delay in getting the book out because you wanted to put out a quality story. As a reader, I'm glad because when the book is purchased and read, I'll know that you've given you all in it. Although you wanted the book out in October, you knew the product wasn't ready. Honestly, there are probably LOTS of other non-book products where this kind of mindset could have prevented a lot of dissatisfaction.

    So you keep putting out quality reads and we'll keep reading :-)

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  82. Book 2 was great, thank you.

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  83. You're awesome Amanda, and like so many people have already said I don't care when the books come out. Just as long as you keep writing because you are amazing at it! Thank you so much for writing books that myself and others love so much! I really respect what you do, and all the haters can just go suck it and get some patience. All good things come with time. Keep your head up, and I hope that the stress gets less for you! Best wishes! :D

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  84. Oh Amanda, please don't get too worked up over negative comments. I assure you, for every negative comment posted there are a hundred positive comments/thoughts that are never posted. Maybe we loyal readers should post positive feedback more often and drown out the whiners who are so vocal. Most of us know how hard it is to juggle work and personal lives, so you keep up the awesome work and ignore anyone who says differently.

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  85. Just ignore the negative comments. It's CRAZY that a reader can think they have a say in an author's creative process.

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  86. Hey Amanda, firstly congrats on releasing Hollowmen.

    Secondly, you totally shouldn't care that other people think that you don't care when in reality you care too much. (Does that make sense?)

    And remember, if you're ever feeling down... 'Care Bear Stare' (works everytime)

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  87. Loved it another awesome book. Keep up the amazing work. Wonderful stories great characters fabulous adventures.thank you for the hard work you put into creating these great books. :-)

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  88. Amanda, I don't mind waiting for new books. For me, waiting for a sequel is part of the fun of reading! The fact that you are taking the time to create a quality piece means you care about your readers, and that makes me feel even more honored to be a fan of your books. Keep doing what you are doing and your fans will keep waiting patiently, cause we love you, too! And my co-workers are going to laugh at me tomorrow because my nose will be in my Nook on all my breaks reading "Hollowmen." :)

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  89. The book was amazing!!!!!!
    loved every min of it. thank you sooo much and i cant wait to see what you do next =D

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  90. Oh yeah baby! I have been quietly stalking for Hollowmen news.

    Thank you for your awesum books. U seriously rock. Hollowland got me going on my zombie kick.

    Sorry ppl r stressing ya :(
    Do not allow them to rent space in ur head..
    Many good karmic blessings being sent ur way ツ

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  91. Amanda, you are awesome! Not sure if this is helpful, but I've heard successful people give this advice and found it helpful (It's the same thing everyone else is saying in the comments, but maybe a different way of saying it could help.):

    Not everyone is going to like you. You're not going to be able to change that, and it's okay. Because you just have to focus on the people who do appreciate you.

    John Barrowman (specific advice starts at ~5:30)
    "One of the biggest things I learned early on...as soon as I realized that not everybody's going to like me, it was a lot easier to live my life. And you have to think about that. As soon as you understand that... I mean,there will be people who do like you but there's gonna be people who don't. And as soon as you can deal with that, then you can sail."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=bTDjirWER-w

    Sofia Coppola:
    "When I appeared in 'Godfather III'. I had never wanted to be an actress, and I was 18, and being criticized for ruining my dad’s movie was a hard thing. But I also think it makes you stronger. I felt that I could handle things after that. John Huston told me when I was very young, “Not everyone is going to like you,” he said, “so don’t try to get everyone to.” And that was so liberating."
    http://oohsofia.blogspot.com/2010/10/sofia-appears-on-elles-us-november-2010.html

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  92. Sorry, made a mistake in above comment! The John Barrowman quote starts around *8:30* not 5:30.

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  93. YOU ARE AWESOME SAUCE!!! Don't let a few sqeakers make you frown.

    INTERNET CRAZY HUGS!!!

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  94. Folks forget that artists, musicians, and writers are people too. We're not fastfood or sources of instant gratification. And the reason it affects you so is because you do care about your readers so much.

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  95. I'm sorry that you feel that way, and that readers are making you feel that way. I hope you keep blogging - I think that your blogs, especially book and publishing world related blogs, are very inspirational to a lot of writers.

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  96. Just wanted to say please keep going! I'd rather wait however long for a book than have you quit because it's too much pressure. Your books are worth waiting for!

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  97. If you have to, turn off the comments, darling. There will always be people who will try to steal your peace, and you're not to let them do that. Sometimes you just need to step away, for yourself. You are awesome. End. Of.

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  98. YOU ARE AWESOME!
    YOUR BOOKS ARE AWESOME!
    Write for yourself first and for your loving fans second. Don't bother with the negative people; in the end they'll still be first in line to get that new release.

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  99. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited that Hollowmen is out!!!!! I was surfing the web to get Christmas present ideas and I was on amazon, when I decided that I should go to your blog and the news about Hollowmen and I could NOT be any happier right now. So right away I grabbed my Kindle and bought the book.( I stay up all hours because I wait for the action to die down so I can stop reading, but I just CAN'T). My parents get so mad at me but it is so worth it!!!!!

    Rock on Amanda Hocking!!!!!!

    By the way Twilight, give me a break!!!! that is nothing compared to Amanda's books!!!!!!!

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  100. I just wanted to say thank you for your books and I love you!!!

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  101. Beloved- let your need for approval shrink in your being while your enjoyment of expression expands :)-
    "what other people think of you is none of you business"
    "other people's happiness is their job"
    Great Work BEauty!

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  102. Of course you cannot please everyone. Just relax, do it your way, and forget about it. I am 59 and love your books... so please don't let the few naysayers get to you. your health is important.. I want you to keep writing your fabulous books...read them all and always want more. thanks Amanda!!!

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  103. Amanda, I think it's great that you have broken through and have become successful. Your story has inspired me to start writing. You have shown me that it can be done. Thank you.
    I publish through Smashwords currently and am curious about how you can get on Amazon within 3 days. My first ebook is still waiting to be shipped even after two and half months.
    Keep up the great work and thanks for the inspiration.

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  104. Amanda - I just read the Hollows and they ROCK! Holy crap, I couldn't put them down :)

    I read the Trylle novels and I liked them lots too :) Just started reading the Blood Approves series ... so far, it's great.

    Keep up doing what you love, and you will love life!

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  105. Amanda your stories are amazing! I have never read anything that has held my attention and had me so entirely consumed by the story!!! I am so proud to be your fan and so is every other person who has commented on this page. You are wonderful and I always get really excited to read one of your books. I don't know how to explain it but your stories are intriguing and I can't put them down! Keep writing and doing what you love! I will happily and patiently be waiting to read any book you publish! On your own time! haha. Thank you for being you! And remember we love you as much as you love us!!! Thank you!!!!!

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  106. Well, you'll kill yourself if you take every criticism to heart. You're more prolific than Stephen King, for Christ's sake! Just keep doing what you're doing and believe in yourself. You'll do fine!

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  107. Amanda, that October date was posted, I believe, on Goodreads or perhaps Amazon. I got it coming up as news on new releases from authors I follow and your book came up even though it wasn't out yet. Don't know how that happened or how you could prevent it in the future but yeah, they had posted a release date that was the wrong date.
    I really appreciate that you didn't upload it until you were pleased with it. Also, people don't understand the process and think you just push a button and voila! the book is live worldwide! That's not how it happens and anyone who self-pubs knows this but not people generally. So blow off their crap comments. You're an inspiration to many and your hard work has paid off. Thanks for Hollowmen 'cause I have been waiting for it so I'm digging into over the holiday. Thanks!

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  108. Je découvre et j'ouvre des grands yeux!

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  109. both books were great hope thats not the end but if it is thats ok

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  110. I understand completely where you're coming from. It's difficult getting your work done and done properly when personal things get in the way of your imagination, either it interjects itself into your work or clouds your imagination completely. I would rather have a happy and patient novelist rather than a mass producing assembly line cookie-mold writer. Its not right to being pressured because it only makes things worse and then begins to show in your end results. Take your time, I will be here waiting. And if anybody has a problem with all this then please and d them my way so that I can open a good old-fashion can of whoop ass. Fantasy and paranormal isn't easy and it requires concert ration

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  111. I understand completely where you're coming from. It's difficult getting your work done and done properly when personal things get in the way of your imagination, either it interjects itself into your work or clouds your imagination completely. I would rather have a happy and patient novelist rather than a mass producing assembly line cookie-mold writer. Its not right to being pressured because it only makes things worse and then begins to show in your end results. Take your time, I will be here waiting. And if anybody has a problem with all this then please and d them my way so that I can open a good old-fashion can of whoop ass. Fantasy and paranormal isn't easy and it requires concentration to make it flow and allows the readers to follow the story better.

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  112. Oops sorry for the double post, I had hit the preview button when I was trying to correct my wonderful concert ration mistake (iPad auto-correct is such an entertaining feature) and then when I went back to edit, it ran into browser problems, so it posted the wrong the post and then posted the good one that I corrected and finished.... Technology can be a pain sometimes.

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  113. Have been wanting to read you since my Nook Friends group in Facebook has been raving about your books. Even have both Switched and My Blood Approves unread in my Nook for a while now. But this past weekend, these two books (Hollowland and Hollowmen) really got me hooked. Stayed up until 5 am to finish # 2 immediately after finishing #1 around midnight. I just cannot put it down. Congratulations and Thank you for your EXCELLENT work. I am curious to know - if this series will continue or if that was already Remy's HEA? Like what many of your fans here say, I believe that the quality of an author's work is dependent largely on how happy she/he is. Please don't allow naysayers and criticisms or publication deadlines ruin your creative genius. Any true blue fan will wait patiently for work like yours.

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  114. Its hence nice to view this straight answers in your blog post, I was looking the same you post in blog.

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  115. Sorry to hear that people are giving you such a hard time about your release dates! I think you are doing awesome, your writing is captivating and amazing! I've read all your books and can't wait to read more.

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  116. Taking a look through this comment section, I think you have NOTHING to worry about Amanda. You have over 170 entries here from TRUE fans that love you and your work. Early this summer I downloaded your Trylle series. This is the first time I have ever read anything other than James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Beverly Lewis, Twilight, or Harry Potter. Now, I come to your site before going to any of those other authors to see if there is anything new coming soon. I bet you never would have thought you would be compared to those authors! Thank you for your Trylle, My Blood Approves, and Hollow series. I absolutely loved them. I started and couldnt stop. I hope it warms your heart to know how much joy you have give millions of people who have read these books!! :)

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  117. you are an amazing author and dont let anyone tell u otherwise! i love your books and I cant wait for hollowmen to come out!

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  118. You're living proof that you don't have to please everybody to be a whopping success!

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  119. I've read all of your books multiple times in the past year since I bought my kindle and stumbled upon them on Amazon. They are all amazing stories and I can't wait for more. Anything you put out is well worth the wait!

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