He began the series in 2011, initially writing Wool as a stand-alone short story. His first book was initially published with a small press. After that, he decided to publish through Amazon.com'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. Howey began soliciting international rights in 2012, including signing a deal for Brazil. Film rights to the series were sold to 20th Century Fox, with Lionsgate also expressing interest.
In 2012, Howey signed a deal with Simon and 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.
Novels and novellas
Half Way Home (May 1, 2010)
The Plagiarist (February 24, 2011)
The Hurricane (May 9, 2011)
I, Zombie (August 15, 2012)
The Walk Up Nameless Ridge (September 4, 2012)
The Bern Saga
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (August 22, 2009)
Molly Fyde and the Land of Light (January 1, 2010)
Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions (June 1, 2010)
Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace (October 27, 2010)