WSJ Ponders Whether ‘Wool’ is the “Next Hunger Games”
Alexandra Alter from the Wall Street Journal discusses in the video above whether Wool is the “next Hunger Games”.
They talk about Wool’s rise to fame and mention that Hugh has sold over 500,000 digital copies of Wool so far. Amazing!
With Wool’s publication date approaching (March 12!!), it’ll be amazing to see how much higher Wool can climb. I can feel it in my bones that when the rest of the US can get their hands on physical copies, the book will soar to amazing heights. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?
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.
Hugh Howey in Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Must List Issue
This week’s June 1/8 Entertainment Weekly is a double issue highlighting this summer’s best movies, tv, music, and books and on page 122, there’s a half page spread on Hugh Howey!
In it, Hugh Howey jokes about being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey, “I’m just waiting for the really bad reviews to come in from disappointed soccer moms who pick up Wool and find absolutely nothing titillating about it.”
The comparison between the two books continues to drive me insane. It’s like when you recommend A Game of Thrones to your friend and she asks if it’s as good as Twilight; you just want to claw your eyes out and fall to the floor screaming at such a question.
The cover features The Amazing Spider-Man and hit stands May 25, 2012. The issue will sell until May 31, 2012 or June 1, 2012, depending on when your local magazine stand or bookshop switches out the issues.