An inspirational story for crusaders?

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My boss at work knows that I’m interested in writing, and last Thursday he forwarded me this article.

It’s a short piece on Amanda Hocking, the best-selling independent author on Amazon’s Kindle store. Amanda has never had a traditional publishing deal, and posted stories on her blog before starting up a Kindle self-publishing arrangement.

She’s selling around 100,000 copies per month, according to the article, at prices from 99 cents to 3 dollars, and gets to keep 70% of the revenue.

Obviously this is a great success story in terms of a writer being able to market herself, if nothing else. Is it something that we on the Writer’s Platform-Building crusade should be aspiring to? I think that at the least, it’s a path that many of us should be considering.

What are you trying to build your blog platform towards? What would be success in terms of your writing, and getting it published, specifically? I’m not sure what the answers would be for myself yet, but I’m doing my best to think it through.

7 Responses to An inspirational story for crusaders?

  1. roguemutt says:

    I wish I was selling that many. Last month I sold 32. Still I get a few bucks off it for doing nothing, so it’s all good.


  2. tanya reimer says:

    Making contacts never hurts, and at the end of the day, making new friends is a bonus. I could use more writer friends, no one else gets what I do.


  3. Kari Marie says:

    Her case is enticing. I’d love to learn more about her story. How many years did she blog first, if she did any outside marketing efforts…

    Whatever she’s doing – it’s working for her. As far as what’s successful for me, I haven’t the foggiest. I’ll try the traditional route for a while and see what kind of responses I can get. My only goal now is to get a MS ready for betas.


  4. Donna Hole says:

    That is awesome.

    I’m not sure what my platform building is either. I like pointing writers to resources, and finding/introducing new writers so they can connect with others. But I don’t think that has anything to do with the content of my novels.

    As a womens fiction writer and social services worker, I should probably be draging in links/articles specific this target audience. I’ve only been blogging about 18 months, and I’m still figuring this whole “brand” thing out.

    Self promotion just isn’t my thing though, so even I was to self publish, I’d probably remain in obscurity.



  5. Ciara Knight says:

    She has a great story. The thought of self-publishing scares and excites me all at once. πŸ™‚


  6. I read about this today on Nathan Bransford’s blog. Personally, it’s not something that I’m interesting. My platform revolves around blogging, twittering, and my commitment to do whatever it takes to get myself out there. That being said, I’d rather try to get an agent before I try self-publishing. (But if option one fails, self-publishing is always option 2)

    ❀ Gina Blechman


  7. Trisha says:

    I think selling 32 is pretty awesome as well πŸ™‚


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