What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “self-published”? Well, most people have visions of pompous armchair ‘experts’ or novelist ‘wannabees’ who pay big bucks to a vanity press or shyster printing company. They then get 100’s or 1,000’s of copies of books that will gather dust in their closets, basements, or garages because no self-respecting bookstore will carry these ‘odes to ego’. The fact is that this is true for some ‘self-published’ authors, but this is not true for a growing number of authors who avail themselves of unique services, such as CreateSpace and Allwrite Publishing. Some very well-known authors and celebrities are using these services.
Would you be surprised to know that the following famous authors had self-published their works at some point in time? Remember, these are only a handful of such writers. (This does not include the many self-published authors whose works were successful, but they are just not megastars or well-known.)
Scott Adams (Dilbert’s creator) * John James Audobon (Yes, that ‘Audobon’) * John Bartlett (Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations) * Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson (of The One Minute Manager fame) * Richard N. Bolles (What Color Is Your Parachute) * Amanda Brown (Legally Blonde) * Deepak Chopra * e.e. Cummings * Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box) * Howard Fast (Spartacus) * Zane Grey (Western books) * John Grisham (A Time to Kill) * Ernest Hemingway *Amanda Hocking * Stephen King * Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) * Peter McWilliams * Arthur Naiman (The Macintosh Bible) * Christopher Paolini (Eragon) * Mary Ellen Pinkham (Mary Ellen’s Best of Helpful Hints) * Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit) * Michael Prescott * Irma Rombauer (The Joy of Cooking) * George Bernard Shaw * Gertrude Stein * Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) * Robert J. Waller (The Bridges of Madison County) * Oscar Wilde * William P. Young (The Shack)
Another fact is that many well-known authors were rejected by famous publishing houses, along the way to ‘Fame & Fortune’. Some were turned away, many, many times. Including J. K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series! James Patterson, the prolific mystery novelist. Pearl S. Buck. Agatha Christie. Judy Blume. Alex Haley. John le Carre. – I won’t bore with you with the many others who made this list.
Reality is that while no one knows for certain how many books published the ‘traditional way’ become successful, you need only go to a bookstore and observe just how many books are on the shelves that you never heard of. And, how many end up on the ‘Bargain Bin’ tables. –
The fact that someone goes the self-publishing route does not mean that their work is subpar or of limited value. Yes, some of what is self-published is crap, not unlike what the big name’ publishers produce, yearly! Many self-published books, however, are fantastic reads! Simply because a publishing house decided to print a fiction/ non-fiction submission does not mean that you will want to read it. Yet, newspaper, magazine, and Internet book reviewers almost always dismiss self-published books – even from local authors, who you would think that they would wish to support.
So, please help authors of quality work, and let your favorite book reviewers and talk shows know that many of us are simply ‘Success Stories’ waiting to happen!
–Russell Irving, author
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