A Self-Published Author’s $2 Million Cinderella Story

Hocking has no formal training as a writer, which makes her story even more incredible.

She went to a local community college for two semesters. In her early 20s, she started to write novels at night. In the daytime, she worked at a group home for disabled people

“I loved my job, but I really wasn’t making very much money doing it,” she says. “I’d always written, I always wanted to be published, but I think at that point, I was like, ‘I need to focus in and do this.  I want to make this happen.’ ”

So she quit to pursue her dream.  That was in 2008, and Hocking had almost a dozen novels on her computer. She sent manuscripts to more than 50 literary agents.  She got a lot of form-letter rejections back, one after another. Sorry, they’d say, it’s not the right kind of thing for us.

She knew she couldn’t write thrillers like James Patterson’s, but there was another genre she thought she could handle — paranormal romance.

She wrote and rewrote, edited and re-edited, but still no one was interested in publishing her work. On a whim, she decided to self-publish a few of her books online for anyone to download.  She waited.

The article by NPR Staff and read the full article at: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/08/144804084/a-self-published-authors-2-million-cinderella-story


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