Hugh Howey Makes Wool 1 “Free Forever”
In celebration of Wool 1′s one taking off one year ago this month, author Hugh Howey has announced that the first short story, the one that started it all, is now free on the Amazon Kindle and iTunes and will remain free forever.
It’s been funny being a fan, since I’m just one out of many, yet reading comments from others here and elsewhere on the Internet, I can tell that I feel the same kind of affection toward the book and its author as many others. We all want him to do well so badly and it’s been truly amazing watching him achieve new heights over the last six months since I first discovered Wool on Amazon.
Now that Wool 1 is free online, we can all push it on friends and family even harder! So get cracking and apply pressure to everyone you know and get them to read Wool.
CNN Talks Self-Publishing with Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey was in Los Angeles this week to attend Amazon’s big press event, which hosted the unveiling of the Kindle Fire HD on Thursday. With part of the day’s highlights focusing on self-publishing and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, it’s natural that Howey’s smashing success Wool would be a hot topic.
CNN talked to Howey about the program and he revealed just how beneficial publishing your own work through Amazon can be.
“Most of my months are six-figure months,” said Hugh Howey, a 37-year-old Florida author whose ”Wool” series of digital books was highlighted by Amazon. “It’s more than I ever hoped to make in a year.”
For Howey, author of the “Wool” series, the direct-publishing platform has opened up a life he never imagined was possible — one where he is paid to write full-time.
Without the Amazon platform, the books might not have been published at all. Howey never promoted the first edition of “Wool,” a dystopian series about a group of underground people who get all of their information about the outside world through a single, digital screen. He didn’t think it would sell.
Then in October 2011, he said, his sales jumped from from dozens to thousands.
Those kinds of numbers will undoubtedly inspire a lot of frustrated authors to try the program, which is probably exactly what Amazon is hoping for. I know it’s sure perked my interest in self-publishing a cookbook.
It’s nice to see the spotlight on such a talented writer and incredibly satisfying to hear some numbers behind his much-deserved success. With the movie deal being signed earlier this week, here’s to hoping all this publicity puts increased pressure on Fox to fast track it to the big screen!
Read the full article at CNN.
‘Wool’ Author Hugh Howey Inks Film Contract at WorldCon
Author Hugh Howey posted a photo on Facebook of a signed and notarized contract for a movie deal for his set of short stories ‘Wool’, a deal which was finalized at WorldCon.
So what exactly does this mean for a ‘Wool” movie? Can fans expect to see posters of a 2014 or 2015 movie coming soon? It’s really hard to say and depends a lot on all the right cards falling into place. With book adaptations being extremely hot these days, it’s always possible this could get fast tracked into production. Us Woolites will just have to wait and see what happens next!