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Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking
Born July 12, 1984
Occupation Author
Genre Young-adult fiction
Subject Paranormal romance
Notable works Watersong series, Trylle Trilogy

Amanda Hocking (born July 12, 1984)[1] is an American writer of paranormal romance young-adult fiction.[2]


  • Career 1
  • Work 2
    • Bibliography 2.1
    • Adaptations 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Hocking lives in Rochester, Minnesota.[3] Employed as a group home worker until 2010, she wrote 17 novels in her free time.[4] In April 2010, she began self-publishing them as e-books.[1] By March 2011, she had sold over a million copies of her nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, previously unheard of for self-published authors.[5] In early 2011, Hocking averaged 9,000 book sales each day.[2]


Hocking's published work, originally self-published, consists of My Blood Approves, a vampire romance series; the Trylle Trilogy, which covers a teenage girl's journey of self-discovery[4] in an urban fantasy setting; and Hollowland, a zombie novel.[4] The New York Times characterized her novels as "part quirky girl-like-Hocking characters, part breakneck pacing, part Hollywood-style action and part bodice-ripping romance – they are literature as candy, a mash-up of creativity and commerce".

In March 2011, Hocking signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million dollars, with St. Martin's Press.[6] It concerns her new young-adult paranormal series called Watersong. Book one, Wake, was released in August 2012.[7] All three books in her previously self-published Trylle Trilogy were also sold to St. Martin's Press, and have been re-released from January–April 2012.


  • My Blood Approves series:
    • My Blood Approves (March 27, 2010)
    • Fate (April 15, 2010)
    • Flutter (May 25, 2010)
    • Wisdom (August 22, 2010)
      • Letters to Elise: A Peter Townsend Novella (December 19, 2010)
    • Swear (TBA)
  • Trylle Trilogy
    • Switched (self published 2010, with St. Martin's January 24, 2012)[8]
    • Torn (self published 2010, with St. Martin's February 28, 2012)
    • Ascend (self published 2011, with St. Martin's April 24, 2012)
  • The Hollows series:
    • Hollowland (October 5, 2010)
    • Hollowmen (November 8, 2011)
  • Virtue (May 27, 2011)
  • Watersong series
      • Forgotten Lyrics (October 30, 2012)
    • Wake (August 7. 2012)
    • Lullaby (November 27, 2012)
    • Tidal (June 4, 2013)
    • Elegy (August 6, 2013)


In February 2011 the Trylle Trilogy was optioned for a film, with Terri Tatchell writing the screenplay.[5]


  1. ^ a b Plank, Tonya (January 5, 2011). "Meet Mega Bestselling Indie Heroine Amanda Hocking".  
  2. ^ a b Saroyan, Strawberry (June 17, 2011). "Storyseller".  
  3. ^ Greenfield, Jeremy (29 November 2013). "Companies book profits from self-publishing". USA Today. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Mewes, Trey (November 13, 2010). "Romance from beyond the veil".  
  5. ^ a b Millar, Sarah (March 3, 2011). "How a failed author made $2 million from e-books".  
  6. ^ Rinzler, Alan (4/04/2011). "Advice for Amanda Hocking from authors and agents". Forbes. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bosman, Julie (March 24, 2011). "Self-Publisher Signs Four-Book Deal With St. Martin’s".  
  8. ^ Oliver, Lauren (January 13, 2012). "The Relaunch of Amanda Hocking". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 

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