Friday, July 1, 2011

Something new from Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking.  Now there’s a name.  Unless you’re completely oblivious to the literary world or you live under a rock (or you’re oblivious to the literary world because you live under a rock) you’ve heard of this word-wielding dynamo.  Her books are known and loved the world over and her personal story is a fairy tale of epic, 21-century proportions.   I think not nearly as many people realize, however, that Amanda Hocking has something new and wonderful to offer us.  Well, it’s not really new, but it’s certainly wonderful.  I think it used to be something much more common and abundant years ago, which is what makes it sort of “new” now.  I’ll call it retro.

With her first published works, a series of vampire novels called My Blood Approves, Amanda began a journey that would make her both a legend and a millionaire.  Her meteoric rise has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.  Earth-shattering.  Record-breaking.  And now she is one of the most talked-about, widely-read authors in recent times.

There are a zillion things about her rise that are noteworthy, but I would like to focus on one in particular.  It comes not as “steps” that she took to secure astounding sales.  Rather, it comes as steps that she didn’t take to secure astounding sales. 

What I think sets Amanda apart, more than anything else, is her character.  I think that in all the hubbub about her success, reports of her awesome display of character somehow got lost in the shuffle.  That’s why I’m here today.  I want to recognize and thank her for something that’s frequently overlooked and dramatically under-appreciated. 

In Amanda's search for ways to promote her books, her voice, herself (the same search that every author in the entire world is familiar with), she undoubtedly came across a multitude of morally unsavory schemes.  But did she employ even one of them?  Nope.  Why, you might ask?  Because the girl’s got class, y’all

Despite her young age, she stepped it up a notch and did everything the ethical way.  She remained stark white in a world lost in shades of gray.  She didn’t lie or cheat or manipulate.  She didn’t use and abuse people or take advantage of their friendship.  She didn’t throw anyone else under the bus.  Amanda simply sent her books out to the people who were willing to read and review them (insert awesome book bloggers here) and she let her work take care of the rest.  She let her talent speak for itself and, believe me, it did.  Loud and clear.  And for that--for that determination to stay true--she’s a superhero in her own right. 

In short, Amanda Hocking totally rocks!  Her story proves that a person can be successful--very successful--without having to take shortcuts.  It's encouraging to those of us who refuse to compromise.

I doubt Amanda will ever read this, but just in case she does...THANKS, AMANDA!  Thanks for reminding the world what true class and true talent are and for walking the walk every step of the way.  No one on this planet has the right to begrudge you a single penny or a single minute of your success.  You’ve earned it fair and square, and, to me, that's the most inspiring part:)

TGIF, ya'll!  Hope it's awesome for ya:)