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Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Wendy Everly!

If you've read my book Switched, then you're familiar with the leading lady, Wendy Everly. And as you discover in Ascend, her birthday is January 9th. It's also the birthday of my friend Valerie, who is a real person. I just thought I should point that out since Wendy is fictional.

So Switched has been out for over a week, and the response has been pretty great.

I spent last week in New York doing some press, and not blogging nearly as much as I wanted to. Doing interviews is more work than it sounds. I did a great interview with NPR, which aired yesterday, and based on the replies I got, I'd say a lot of people heard it & liked it. I also did a radio interview with a BBC station, but I'm not sure when/where that will air, because I'm not nearly familiar enough with the BBC as I'd liked to be.

I also taped a segment for the hit daytime talk show Anderson starring the silver fox himself, Anderson Cooper. It was pretty much the most terrifying/fun/surreal thing I've ever done in my life. I'm not sure exactly when it will air, but the producers told me they thought it'd be somewhere around the 13th. But you're DVRing it everyday, anyway, right? ;)

I also did a meet and greet with a few local book bloggers in New York. That was actually really cool, and it was awesome to be able to have a conversation with them in real life. It's something I'd definitely want to do again. You can check out more about that at Good Choice Reading, where they have pics and a really awesome giveaway: here.

I'm back home in Minnesota now, enjoying a few more days with my friends, family, and menagerie of animals before I hit the road again for a big tour in the UK, Italy, and Spain. Over the next couple days, I'll be doing some local press, and a book signing in Rochester, MN at Barnes & Noble.

Right now, I'm sleepy, and should be sleeping, I wasn't sleepy like twenty minutes so I decided to give up on sleep after tossing and turning for 3 hours in bed since I have get up at 4 in the morning to drive to Iowa to do an interview for KIMT. But now I'm tired, and I don't think I should sleep, because then I'll be super tired, and won't get up in time to get ready, and I'll be on TV looking gross, and nobody wants to see me on TV looking gross.

Anyway. I'll try to be better about blogging. And after Anderson airs, I plan to post more about the taping of the episode.

Oh! And have you guys read "The Vittra Attacks?" I'm seriously dying to know what people think of it.

63 comments:

  1. Wow! Sure sounds like they're keeping you busy.

    Happy Birthday, Wendy!!

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  2. All best with the EuroTour, Amanda.

    Bring all your fans back a cookie! ;) LOL

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  3. I just started reading "Switched" and can't put it down! Addictive read... Can't wait to read more..

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  4. I'm so happy for you, Amanda! It's so terrific to see someone who deserves success achieve it! :-)
    You go, girl! :-)
    ~Belle

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  5. Loved "The Vittra Attacks"! Mostly because Loki was in it and I adore Loki! In fact, I just blogged about my top 5 literary crushes and Loki was my number 1. He totally pushed aside Mr. Darcy and THAT is pretty impressive.

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  6. Happs Burf Wendy, and nice work! You das bomb.

    <3 George

    GeorgeGable.Com

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  7. Today is also my husband's b-day...the big 3-0 YIKES! We are getting old :) Happy Birthday Wendy and I can't wait to see the Anderson interview (I LOL'd at "starring the silver fox himself" because it's so true)!!

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  8. I heard you on NPR. I love your story and perspective.

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  9. Hey Amanda I recently started a blog of my own and was wondering if you could check it out, (it's not about writing or books =) and if you thought it was something your interested in, if you could perhaps give me a post on one of your blogs.

    http://reusable2012.blogspot.com/

    On another note...ur books are awesome!

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  10. Hey Amanda-

    I'm a fellow traveler (i.e., indie urban-fantasy writer), and follow the blogs of you and a number of other fantasy writers because of that. We're all in this together, right?

    Anyway, it sounds like you're currently very busy doing the promotional thing and as a result have too little time to blog. As such, I wondered if you might be interested in a guest post. That way, your blog wouldn't "go dark" for as long and it would give me a chance to increase name recognition.

    Samples of my posts can be found on my own blog, and all of my guest-blogging is available via the "John Around The Internet" tab.

    Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing the CNN interview.

    Cheers,

    John Abramowitz

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  11. Hello Amanda,
    I just finished the book Switched and let me just say I bought it at 2:30 yesterday after noon and i finished it at 3am .....I could not put this book down, I will be looking for the next books in this series. and I also loved the short story at the end .....
    LeeAnn Cleverly

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  12. Happy Birthday Wendy!!
    I'm reading the trilogy again since I became obsessed with it last year :) I was so bummed I missed your panel at Comic-Con in San Diego over the summer standing in one of a thousand lines :( I am really glad you are getting so much exposure since you're writing is awesome!
    Best Wishes to you!
    Janeen

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  13. Hi Amanda
    The BBC interview aired over the weekend (7/8th January).

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  14. Hey Amanda,
    Its amazing how you managed to write independently and sell so well. I've also written something and also began a blog. I have written an Ebook that is so cool, I know because it has taken me years to complete it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Wrong-ebook/dp/B006UKF8N8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1326270320&sr=8-2

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  15. Amanda-
    I love all of your books, I have just finished the second Hollows book and am hoping there will be a third. Where do I find the "Vittra Attacks" story? Thanks so much!

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    1. It was at the back of my UK copy of Switched.

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  16. Amanda, I remember the early days of your blogging before you had much success and you debated giving up writing altogether. I am really glad you didn't give up. Have fun on tour, but remember to get as much rest as you can and ask friends and family for space and time if you need rest. Things will get back to normal eventually. ~Rocky

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  17. I say this is the most lovingly way, you schmuck!!! What a great trip it sounds like you are about to go on! I hope you get to spend some of it touring around, and not only doing interviews and book signings! You are so lucky...well, not really, you did work hard for this! Have a great and safe trip!

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  18. I heard your interview on the BBC on Open Book on Radio 4 with Mariella Frostrup. It sounded interesting, and I had never heard of ypur writing before, so clearly it works! All the best to you.

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  19. Wow, congratulations I have read most of your books and I love them, can't wait for the movie.

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  20. congrats again! saw switched in my TARGET in california! i squeeled for you and then turned a little green with envy! congrats to all your success, that each of us indie authors strive for! :)

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  21. The BBC Open Book program which includes Amanda's interview can be listened to at
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01946wg/Open_Book_Open_Book_Listeners_Funniest_Books/

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  22. Amanda,

    Congratulations on your success. You're Anderson episode will air on January 17th. I'm sure it will be great!

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  23. Switched was the first of your books I have read and I am happy I did. I read a lot of paranormal but yours were refreshing. I am very much looking to read Torn when it comes out in ereader form. Thanks for the Vittra story as it made it more intriguing. Thinking the king is her father???

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  24. Hey Amanda, I just read Switched, and was wondering if you'd be publishing Virtue as a Paperback?? Thanks. :)

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  25. I loved the book Switched and have to wait until March for Torn, UGH! But can't wait. Also enjoyed the Vittra Attacks. Is there going to be more of this to follow? I will be checking out your other books now that I have read this one. Especially since I got my KindleFire for Christmas and you have ebooks! YES! Again, thank you for coming out with a new idea!

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  26. Hi! I'm just letting all the blogs I follow know about my giveaway today, please stop by if you can: http://authorjess.blogspot.com/2012/01/big-2012-birthday-giveaway-come-and-get.html

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  27. Hi Amanda, Going to watch you on Anderson tomorrow (1/17/2012) looks like a great interview! congrats!!! http://www.andersoncooper.com/2012/01/16/amanda-hocking-author-phenom-doesnt-let-hundreds-of-rejections-keep-her-from-goal/

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  28. Sincere congratulations on all of your literary success over the past couple of years! Truly, you have accomplished a remarkable feat in the ebook world. I respect that you receive a tremendous amount of comments, email, etc., and do not have the time to personally respond to each and every post.

    I just want to state that you served as a source of inspiration for my deciding to self-publish my own work on Amazon. After the struggles to get published over many years, I finally chose to simply put my work out there. As of this point, I have only one book that chronicles when I worked as a clown and costume character for children – it is humorous, quirky, yet has a literary non-fiction feel. But, I plan to publish a series as well, of the fiction variety. Most importantly, I send my gratitude to you as your story is a wonderful one, and it is rare in today’s world.

    On a side note, I look forward to reading Switched. I am quite excited as my own birthday is January 9…great day, isn’t? Given I have my own little ones now; birthdays are all the rage in our household, so blowing out the candles is a momentous event all around.

    As a small token of my thankfulness for the inspiration you provided, I sent you a gift of my own ebook for Kindle. (I sent it within a message to your email) It is titled “Touched in the Head – A Tale of Characters, Clowns, and Imaginary Misfits – Based on a Number of True Stories” by me, Rebecca Reitz. (http://amazon.com/author/rebeccareitz)

    The clown on the cover was crocheted/created by me, as I too have a love for all things creepily adorable and muppet oriented. The clown is featured in the book along with her friends in a 12 month saga that appears as a tiny feature after chapter 2. It is silly.  I hope that time allows you the opportunity to read the book (or parts of it) one day in the future.

    Again, all of my luck is with you as you continue forth on your journey as a writer!

    My Best,
    Rebecca Reitz

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  29. You are such a cutie:-) ...I saw you on Anderson..wanted to see who this amazing author was..the interview was great and going now to get switched ,congrats and much happiness,success,and love

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  30. I discovered your books 2 years ago when I would be awake in the middle of the night caring for a newborn baby. I searched Kindle and $2.99 seemed like a bargain. I read Switched and loved it. Exhausted and having a new baby, I still managed to finish the trilogy within a couple of days. I will DEFINITELY will be buying hard copies of all of your work!
    Congratulations and keep up the good work!!
    Dee W.

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  31. Loved your interview on Anderson and looking forward to reading your work - you are inspirational! Thank you!

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  32. Saw you on Anderson Cooper today and your interview was great. Can't wait to see if Coles has your book tomorrow, if not I will order it on line. Have a great time on your book tour. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

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  33. congratulations on all your success!! its really self confidence and never giving up and then you getting all you want. My all time quote for you 'Failiure is only when you stop trying' great work!!!

    xox hanz
    www.fashionistaera.blogspot.com

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  34. Congrats to you Amanda! It's so encouraging to see someone make it big in the world of indie publishing. I bought your "My Blood Approves" novel and I plan on buying all your other books as well. There's an old Japanese saying I like about never giving up, "fall seven times, get up eight." Thanks for being my inspiration :)

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  35. Saw you on Anderson and had been looking for a book to read. Switched seemed right up my ally. I bought it and read it in a day. I loved it! Now to get Torn, I see where some people have read it already, but I can't seem to get it until the end of next month. I don't want to wait that long!
    You are an inspiration to all, never give up your dream.

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  36. I came across your books over a year ago on Amazon. I read everything you had within a couple of weeks. I was thrilled to see you on Anderson. I have told all of my friends to download your books! Keep up the great work! I can't wait to read the next book!

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  37. Saw you on Anderson Cooper the other day and have to get out and get your book before everyone in town beats me to it! (live in a small town)

    Your story is so inspirational. Can't wait to start reading.

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  38. Hi Amanda,I am reading Switched at the moment it is a great book to read. I am looking forward to reading the next books. Here in Australia we are always looking for a good book to read whether it be lying on a beach or in the bath :)I am sure your Trylle Trilogy will be a huge success. Oh and the pronunciation video was very helpful. Thanks again and keep up the great work!!!

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  39. I listened to the BBC radio on Sirus or online. Congrats on self publication. You can listen to it on The Strand aired on 1/21/12 podcast.

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  40. Do you have a book tour coming up or something?

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  41. Hello I like it very much

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  42. Hey Amanda, I'm a huge fan of all of your series, lately it's been The Hollows, I was wondering if you were planning on having a book signing in the Twin Cities. I really wanted to go to the one in Rochester, but i live in the northern suburbs of the metro so my parents said it was to far away :(. I would love to meet you! I got Switched the day it came with St.Martins and cant wait to read Wake. I love My Blood Approves because it takes place in MN, next time i'm in Minneapolis, i'm so going vampire hunting! Lol

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  43. Hi Amanda,

    It was great meeting you. I loved our meet and greet. I would definitely love to do it again. Have a great time touring the world.

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  44. I am a writer of addiction books and how could I not be motivated by your life story. I am hoping to make the money without all that running around. Life is short. The true writer to me is someone who secludes and makes money like J D Salinger. I know I'm dreaming.....maybe not. God Bless you though. you paid the price to do all that writing. How you caught the eye of the press is what impresses me the most about you. John

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  45. I had no clue that was the character's bday...it's mine as well! I really enjoyed that book btw and I can't wait to read the rest in the trilogy. :-)

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  46. LOVED Switched and can't wait until Feb for next book to come out. Watch you on Anderson. Also thought of you as I made the drive from Minneapolis down to Mason City recently. Added you to my author blog

    http://kristikasten.blogspot.com/

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  47. Saw you on Andersen, bought Switched, and looooved it! Can't wait for Torn. Keep up the great work -- I'm looking forward to many more great books with your name on them :)

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  48. have just read switched and loved it, couldnt put it down until i had finished it at 2am!! The Vittra attacks was also good. Cant wait for the next one to come out in the UK.

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  49. just finished Switched - read it in 24 hours couldn't put it down - just enough of it all... can't wait until the other two are out...in by view - you are a hit!

    jimi - seven springs, nc

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  50. When are you going to continue the blood approves series? Is it lost and forgotten?

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  51. I was just thinking this morning...It's been about a year since I read the Trylle Trillogy and discovered Amanda Hocking. Love your work! I've purchased "Switched" on paperback and am re-reading the book.

    I also love "My Blood Approves". I can't wait for book #5. I will say Alice finding her way to Peter would be pretty cool. It would at least make for MY happy ending:-) Don't get me wrong, I like Jack, I've just never felt they belonged together. However you decide to write it, I'm sure it will be great!

    I can do vampires, but the whole zombie thing creeps me out, so I've stayed away from Hollowland. Maybe watching Day/Dawn of the Dead as a kid wasn't such a good idea.-@nettysenoj

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  52. thanks for sharing ill look out for it x

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  53. Hi Amanda!

    Just wanted to let you know I am a huge fan of your My Blood Approves series. I had a question for you about your fourth installment: Wisdom. I own a Kindle and wanted to purchase the 4th book but it's not available for the Kindle.

    Are you going to publish it to the Kindle?

    Thanks!
    Jessica

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  54. I can't wait to see the graphic version of the Hallows! OMG OMG

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    1. Oops, Hollows. You know what I mean. It's going to be awesome! The story is so graphic already... Roar.

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  55. I agree to you FAQ batman is better

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  56. Hi, Amanda -- just a fan here! I saw your books in our local drug store on the shelves next to Twilight and the Vampire Diaries and I was so happy! To see your book in the middle of nowhere Western Canada in a city of no more than 200,000 people -- amazing!

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  57. Hello Amanda! Just wanted to say that I've found "Switched" by luck in a bookshop here in Switzerland (the other side of the world!), and I'm really glad I bought it!
    I've loved it!!! Especially the characters and the whole "atmosphere" of the book..

    I wish you all the best in your writing, and I look forward reading more of your stories! =)

    Emi

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  58. Hi Amanda, where to start, I too found your book 'switched' by chance on a supermarket shelf in England. I have been struggling to find a book that draws me in since reading and becoming enthralled with the twilight saga!! I am struggling to put it down and I have nearly finished it(I only bought it yesterday. I love the cover and this is what initially had me drawn to the book. My partner, this evening spotted the book and commented 'that looks like a good book'!

    Many many congratulations! Your journey and indeed (from reading your blogs) you recent decisions have brought this book to us over in the UK and I cannot wait to get 'Torn' on 1st March.

    I was also thinking that this would make an amazing movie and am thrilled to hear this maybe on the horizon.

    You have an amazing talent and I will now be working my way through all of your books. Keep writing,

    Jen

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