I was going through some back posts from my friends at Online College Courses and I found this nugget of fun. Given how I'll be making the book signing rounds with Lies in Chance and Dream in Color again this summer, I wanted to give a nod to these fine authors who blazed a trail for all of us...and to especially point out #3, who has been sort of a spirit guide to all of my writing since I was in grade school and to #9 who opened my eyes to a world of possibilities while sitting at a table with me, eating peanuts.
10 Self-Published Authors Who Were a SuccessIt's not easy to get published. That's probably something you already know, but it's a fact that bears repeating. So many writers believe that they have the next great novel, only to find out that publishers don't necessarily agree. Even the likes of Stephen King and J.K. Rowling suffered at the hands of uninterested publishing houses, but King and Rowling also went on to incredible success. The following authors have enjoyed success as well, but they've taken a different route: they all got their start not through publishers, but by putting their books out themselves through self-publishing. These authors took it upon themselves to create their books in print or in e-book form, pounded the pavement to get them sold (with one even selling thousands of copies out of his car trunk), and eventually went on to become bestselling authors, most of them signing deals with major publishing houses. Read on, and we'll take a look at 10 successful authors who made self-publishing work for them.
- although Hocking doesn't see herself that way. Still, at the age of 26, she was selling about 100,000 copies of her book every month and keeping almost all of the profit from them. Previously, she had been publishing stories on her blog. One of her books, The Trylle Trilogy, has been optioned for adaptation as a movie, and she now has three paperback books available through St. Martin's Press despite being previously rejected by several publishing houses.
- typed the manuscript and pasted in drawings and lithographs, then had his local copy shop print it up about 100 copies at a time with spiral binding, allowing people to order it directly from his office, typically campus ministers who already knew him. He sold 2,000 copies that way, lugging each of them himself to his local post office in an experience that he calls "back breaking." By 1972, a commercial publisher, Ten Speed Press, picked it up, and have since published eight of Bolles' books. Since first being published, the book has been wildly successful, with more than 8 million copies in print. It was on the New York Times best-seller list for 288 weeks, and is now revised annually. For his contribution, Bolles has been called "the most widely read and influential leader in the whole career planning field," and "responsible for the renaissance of the career counseling profession in the US."
- For an initial investment of $3,000, Rombauer had her 3,000 copies, complete with mailing cartons and stickers, all designed to sell to Depression-era women who needed a book to take the place of professional cooks they couldn't afford anymore. In 1936, Bobb-Merrill picked up The Joy of Cooking, and has now sold more than 18 million copies. The self-published first edition is worth between $500 and $5,000 on the collector's market.