Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online

Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online

A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking needed to raise a few hundred dollars so, in desperation, made her unpublished novel available on the Kindle. She has since sold over 1.5m books and, in the process, changed publishing forever When historians come to write about the digital transformation currently engulfing the book-publishing world, they will almost certainly refer to Amanda Hocking, writer of paranormal fiction who in the past 18 months has emerged from obscurity to bestselling status entirely under her own self-published steam. What the historians may omit to mention is the crucial role played in her rise by those furry wide-mouthed friends, the Muppets. To understand the vital Muppet connection we have to go back to April 2010. We find Hocking sitting in her tiny, sparsely furnished apartment in Austin, Minnesota. She is penniless and frustrated, having spent years fruitlessly trying to interest traditional publishers in her work. To make matters worse, she has just heard that an exhibition about Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, is coming to Chicago later that year and she can’t afford to make the trip. As a huge Muppets fan, she is more than willing to drive eight hours but has no money for petrol, let alone a hotel for the night. What is she to do? Then it comes to her. She can take one of the many novels she has written over the previous nine years, all of which have been rejected by umpteen book agents and publishing houses, and slap them up on Amazon and other digital ebook sites. Surely, she can sell a few copies to...
WTF?

WTF?

I’m really enjoying using the VideoMakerFX program. Here’s a video I made for my WTF Kindle Book.
When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons…

  http://barbieyoungbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/When-life-give-you-lemons-Handbraked.mp4 'When life gives you lemons'. It's such a negative saying, isn't it? Getting 'a lemon' means getting a bad version of what you expected to be a good thing, for example, a car or appliance that keeps breaking down.  I found a way to put a positive spin on the saying and made a little video to show that when life gives you lemons, or anything at all, just say, "Thank you!"...
McTiny Loos

McTiny Loos

Hands up if you've ever used a toilet at McDonald's. In my line of work I have to use them often, and I've become accustomed to doing a little sideways shuffle just to fit through the tiny doorways. It's not that the doors are particularly small, but that the doors are so close to the seats and the toilet paper dispensers. The architects sure do trim off every excess millimeter from the toilets when they design the buildings. It's not that I'm a large person. I'm average size. Even one of my colleagues who is very small has to do the sideways shuffle to get in to the cubicles. We travel a lot with our work, so we see the insides of many McDonald's toilets. I've always wondered how big people manage to use their toilets. I always imagined that an obese person would have to use the Disability toilets, rather than risk getting wedged and needing help to get out of a tight situation. I had the opportunity to discuss the toilets with a large lady today. She raised the topic and was surprised that even I had trouble fitting in to the toilets. She'd been thinking that it was a problem just for big people. I guess the toilets are just a service Maccas offer their customers, but isn't it ironic that the multinational that takes the most heat for causing obesity, has such teeny weeny toilet...
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