Hugh Howey

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Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey in 2021
Hugh Howey in 2021
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 47)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
GenreScience fiction

Hugh C. Howey (born 1975)[1] is an American writer, known best for the science fiction series Silo, part of which he published independently through's Kindle Direct Publishing system.[2][3] Howey was raised in Monroe, North Carolina and before publishing his books, he worked as a book store clerk, yacht captain, roofer, and audio technician.[4]


He began the series in 2011, initially writing Wool as a stand-alone short story.[5] His first book was initially published with a small press.[6] After that, he decided to publish through's Kindle Direct Publishing system, because of the freedom of self-publishing. After the series grew in popularity, he began to write more entries for it.[7] Howey began soliciting international rights in 2012, including signing a deal for Brazil.[8] Film rights to the series were sold to 20th Century Fox; Lionsgate also expressed interest.[9]

In 2012, Howey signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to distribute Wool to book retailers across the US and Canada. The deal allowed Howey to continue to sell the book online exclusively. He notably turned down seven figure offers in favor of a mid-six figure sum, in return for maintaining e-book rights.[10]

He has also signed publishing contracts with Random House Century UK for UK distribution of both his Wool and Sand series, published as novels of the same names.[11]

Howey became closely tied to both Amazon/Kindle Direct Publishing and self-publishing as a leader of the new paradigm of publishing. He opened up his Silo Saga to other authors, formalizing that effort when he signed with Kindle Worlds. Though authors like Fredric Shernoff (Atlantic Island), Jason Gurley (Eleanor), and Michael Bunker (Pennsylvania) all experienced some degree of success that can be attributed to Howey, Wool, and the Kindle Worlds project,[12] nobody was able to replicate Wool's success either through tie-in books or those authors' original stories.

Personal life[edit]

In mid-2015, Howey gave up his home in Florida, and moved to St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He commissioned the construction of a sailing catamaran, on which he plans to live and sail the world while he continues to write.[13][14] Howey has been an avid disc golfer since 1993.[15]



  1. ^ "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies | Howey, Hugh". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ Bancroft, Collette (May 4, 2013). "'Wool' author Hugh Howey chimes in on print, digital, self-publishing". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  3. ^ Dunn, Sarah (April 25, 2013). "Breaking Out: An Interview with Hugh Howey". Stuff. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Hugh Howey Goes From Bookstore Clerk to Self-Publishing Superstar". Wired. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  5. ^ Wecks, Erik. "Hugh Howey Interview Part 2: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of The Wool Omnibus". Wired. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ Wy, Denise. "The WOOL Success: An Interview with Hugh Howey". Cover Atelier. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. ^ Wecks, Erik. "Hugh Howey Interview Part 1: Science Fiction, Indie Writing, and Success". Wired. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  8. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Self-Made Bestseller Weighs Traditional Deals". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike. "20th Century Fox Spins 'Wool' For Scott Free And Film Rites". Deadline. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  10. ^ Alter, Alexandra (7 March 2013). "Sci-Fi's Underground Hit". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  11. ^ Nelson, Kristin. "A Letter from 'Lil Kris". The Wayfinder.
  12. ^ Barnett, Matia. "Patience Pays Off: An Indie Success Story". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ Howey, Hugh. "Ends and Beginnings". Hugh Howey. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  14. ^ Hugh C. Howey (7 March 2015). "A Life at Sea". The Wayfinder. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  15. ^ Weisz, Jesse (17 August 2021). "Interview: Author Hugh Howey On Disc Golf". Ultiworld Disc Golf.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Chanani, Nidhi. "Portfolio". Everyday Love. Nidhi Chanani. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  17. ^ Gilliand, Blu. "Book Review: 'The End is Nigh' Edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey". Fearnet. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  18. ^ Edidin, Rachel. "Exclusive Excerpt: Heartbreaking Stories From the End of the World". Wired. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  19. ^ Newitz, Annalee. "Does the apocalypse come in three stages?". io9. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  20. ^ Bradford, K. Tempest. "io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for September 15–20". io9. io9. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  21. ^ Howey, Hugh. "The End Has Come". Hugh Howey. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  22. ^ "How Bestselling Author Hugh Howey Writes". Copyblogger. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Winning at the Self-publishing Game with Hugh Howey – The Knowledge Project Episode 63". FS.BLOG. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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