Austin, MN, Author Amanda Hocking found success publishing her books on Amazon to the tune of almost $2 million in her first year online. Hocking, 26, recently signed a deal with St. Martin Press to handle all the publishing work while she focuses on her writing. From "Her success has finally won the attention of New York's publishing industry, which previously had rejected her. Hocking's deal with St. Martin's Press ended a frenzied weeklong auction that involved nearly every major publisher in the business, including Random House, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. St. Martin's Press, part of Macmillan, paid more than $2 million for the world English rights to the "Watersong" series, Hocking's latest books in the young-adult paranormal genre. "I've done as much with self-publishing as any person can do," Hocking said Thursday. "People have bad things to say about publishers, but I think they still have services, and I want to see what they are. And if they end up not being any good, I don't have to keep using them. But I do think they have something to offer."".