Amanda Hocking “Write a lot, but read even more. Learn to be open to criticism. And research as much as you can before making a decision about where you want to see your writing career. The internet is filled with information that will help you become a better writer and make better decisions before publishing.”
[Amanda Hocking, in an interview with the ‘Huffington Post’, May 1, 2011]
Amanda Hocking, who is something of a wunderkind in self-publishing circles, offers sound advice. If you want to be a writer, there are two basic things to do: write, and read. And nowadays there is so much help out there that it is no longer an excuse for a writer to flounder. I googled ‘How to write a novel’ and got 135 million links to click. Some were selling me products [how-to books, novels, computer software], many were selling their services [proofreaders, cover designers, manuscript consultants] but some were good old-fashioned free advice from authors and creative writing tutors.
Hocking’s latest book, published in January 2015, is Frostfire, the first in the Kanin Chronicles series.
For Amanda Hocking’s blog, click here.
Click here to read the Huffington Post interview in full
For more background on Amanda Hocking’s self-publishing success, read this article in The Guardian.
If you agree with Amanda Hocking, perhaps you will agree with:-
Karen Maitland – do your research, then set it aside
Natasha Carthew – if it feels right, write outdoors
Maggie O’Farrell – do not allow yourself to be distracted
‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking [UK: Tor]
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