Austin, Minn., author Amanda Hocking at home with her cat. Photo by David Brewster.

Austin, Minn., author Amanda Hocking at home with her cat. Photo by David Brewster.

 

Austin, Minn., author Amanda Hocking, who has sold more than a million copies of her vampire-troll paranormal romances via e-books and print-on-demand, has signed a four-book deal with St. Martin's Press in New York, reportedly for $2 million.

Hocking, 26, turned to e-books last spring after traditional publishers turned her down. Her books took off quickly, selling 900,000 copies since April. In a blog post earlier this week, she explained why she was now looking again at traditional publishing: Time.

"I'm a writer. I want to be a writer," she wrote on Amanda Hocking's Blog.

"I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling emails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full time corporation. ... I am spending so much time on things that are not writing."

The New York Times reported this morning that Hocking's deal is worth $2 million. A spokesman for St. Martin's confirmed a deal later in the day.

Read our full story, and a profile of Hocking, in tomorrow's Star Tribune.

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