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She could not have predicted what happened next. In six months, she earned $20,000 and sold 150,000 copies of her books. She quit her day job as a carer for disabled people. Since publishing, she has sold 1.5m books and made $2.5m – and all of this without an agent or publishing house.
Her books include the series ‘Fate and Flutter’ and ‘Switched’. Hocking told the press that her love of reading and writing began at a young age. ‘I read a lot. I would go to the library, or get books at rummage sales. I got through them so quickly I started reading adult books because they were longer. I remember my mom giving me a box set of five books to last me all summer; I devoured them all in two weeks,’ she said.
Hocking has become the poster girl for the huge digital transformation in the publishing industry. A new generation of writers is bypassing agents and publishers. They can offer their work to the public at low prices. E-books are becoming a serious alternative to the paper kind, making it a dangerous time for traditional book publishing. E-book sales reached $878m in the US in 2010; almost four times as many were sold than in 2009. And 30 authors have already sold more than 100,000 copies through Kindle’s self-publishing site. Other successful writers who have self-published online include Stephen Leather, Joe Konrath and HP Mallory.
Leather sells his novels for less than one euro each, and has occupied the number one spot on Amazon.co.uk’s Kindle e-book bestseller lists for almost three months. Already an established writer, he realised that the Kindle was going to be a popular Christmas present. ‘It occurred to me that on Christmas morning, when people got their Kindle, the first thing they would do would be to buy the books they’d always wanted – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the new Grisham. But they’re relatively expensive. After that, people would start looking for cheaper books. I figured that if I could get several of my books in the top 10 or top 20, then when people started looking around for bargains I’d be perfectly placed,’ he told the press.
What does this mean for the traditional book industry? Well, Hocking has decided to sign up with publishers in the UK and the US for her next books, rather than self-publish, because she believes it will be easier. Her editors believe that traditional and digital publishing can work side by side. ‘There's a lot of talk about publishers being left out of the loop,’ Jeremy Trevathan, Macmillan's fiction editor, told the press. ‘But this whole thing is an opportunity for writers and publishers to find each other.’
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