We love Amanda Hocking.
She’s that fabulous success story author who really did know better than the hundreds of agents who rejected her seven novels. But, she had the goal of being a published author by the time she was 26, just like Stephen King, and used it as a “deadline” for herself: If she didn’t get a publishing deal by the age of 26, she’d do it herself.
As we know now, she DID do it herself, and it ended up leading to that big publishing deal she had been pushing for for so many years. We know that the biggest (and safest) slush pile out there right now for traditional publishers is self-published authors who are making waves. Another example is E.L. James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy was instrumental in the mainstreaming of erotica for women. Still, Amanda Hocking and E.L. James are the exceptions to the rule–not the norm.
What do you think of the “deadline” concept for getting published? Do you think it is likely to benefit the author–i.e., just “getting it out there”–or do you think it is likely to be detrimental?
Published authors, have you created your own publishing deadlines/schedules and stuck to them? What was your experience?