authors, Ebooks, self publishing

Self publishing to a traditional deal: Amanda Hocking proves the revolution has happened.

Earlier this year, stories started to circulate about self published author Amanda Hocking and the amazing success she had with her books.   Word on the street was she self published and had sold more than one million books and generated more than $2 million in sales. While some used her to validate the power of self publishing in this changing environment, the more recent news shows how self publishing and traditional publishing are working together to provide more opportunities for authors and more choice for readers.

Self published author Amanda Hocking signed a four book deal this past week. That's good for her and all authors.

On Thursday she announced that she had sold a four-book series to St. Martin’s Press, ending a frenzied weeklong auction that involved nearly every major publisher in the business, including Random House, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins.

According to the New York Times, Hocking sold a four book deal to the highest bidder. Amazing? Not so much.  At last year’s San Francisco Writers Conference, I started to hear agents talk about how they are now watching self published titles for potential authors to represent and now Hocking’s announcement.  It truly is the best time to be an author because Hocking’s success mimics what we have seen in the film and music industries. Content creators invest their time and money to build a following and eventually a larger company takes notice and signs them.  It’s what we have been saying for three years. First film. Then music. Now publishing.

authors, iPad Apps

Dracula HD iPad App Now Available!

The long awaited Dracula HD app for the iPad, which was developed by Author Solutions developer Inverted Pear, is now available through the iTunes App Store — go here and get it now! It’s a great app for fans of vampires and Halloween and it  got me thinking again about “what is a book?”

A book certainly isn’t just print on paper between two covers. Books now come in all formats (eBooks, apps, vooks, audio etc.) and are more accessible to more readers than ever before. Almost monthly, there’s a new digital platform for consuming books. And as the number of delivery systems grow, the overall popularity of digital and electronic books increases. Recently, I read that Amazon reported that during the first half of 2010, it sold 180 Kindle eBooks for every 100 hardcover books. And now with the emergence of books as apps;  readers’ experiences are enhanced by animation and sound.

It’s a great time to be a reader; and probably the best time ever to be an author!!

iPad Apps, self publishing

New Dracula HD iPad App Coming Soon

Author Solutions will announce in the coming days that its multimedia book development company –Inverted Pear — is releasing an abridged version of Bram Stoker’s classic for the iPad. Just in time for Halloween, Dracula HD will be available through the App Store; and an iPhone version will follow shortly.

Check out this video trailer for a sneak peak of the app.

The artwork was conceived and created by the talented Author Solutions illustrations team. As well, the musical score is original too.

It’s another example of how publishing is evolving. I’m sure Bram Stoker, when he wrote Dracula in 1897, never envisioned readers watching the Count stalk his prey on shiny plastic tablet. The emergence of books as apps presents exciting possibilities for indie authors to see their characters come to life.

Stay tuned!