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Self-publishing is the best option for today's writers!
"Many famous books were first published by their authors; some still
are. Self-publishing is an American tradition. Since the early days of
the New World, the person with the printing press was often the author,
publisher, printer and bookshop. Below is a just a small sampling of
important books that were originally self-published."
-- Dan Poynter, a 1stBooks publisher
and author of almost 80 books,
including The Self-Publishing Manual.
Other well-known self-publishers include: Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Mark
Twain, Ken Keyes Jr., Gertrude Stein, Zane Grey, Upton Sinclair, Carl
Sandburg, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Stephen Crane, Mary Baker Eddy, George Bernard Shaw, Anais Nin, Thomas
Paine, Virginia Woolf, e.e. cummings, William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe,
Rudyard Kipling, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman,
Alexandre Dumas, W.E.B. DuBois, and Robert Ringer.
- What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles: 22 editions, five
million copies and 288 weeks on the bestseller lists. Now published by Ten
- In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters: over 25,000 copies sold directly
to consumers in its first year. Then it was sold to Warner, which sold 10
- Real Peace by Richard M. Nixon.
- The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. His manuscript made the rounds
of the mainstream houses, and then he decided to publish himself. He started
by selling copies out of the trunk of his Honda -- over 100,000 of them. He
subsequently sold out to Warner for $800,000. The number-one bestseller in
1996, it has now sold more than 5.5 million copies.
- The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, sold over
20,000 copies locally before they sold out to Morrow. It has sold over 12
million copies since 1982 and is in 25 languages.
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White,
was originally self-published for his classes at Cornell University in 1918.
It has become the 'bible' of style for serious writers around the world.
- A Time to Kill by John Grisham. He sold his first work out of the trunk
of his car.
- The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, was self-published in 1931 as a
project of the First Unitarian Women's Alliance in St. Louis. Today Scribner
sells more than 100,000 copies each year.
- The Macintosh Bible by Arthur Naiman, with over 900,000 sold, has become
the bestselling book on Apple products.
- Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, has been in print more than 45 years; 20
million copies are in print and it has been translated into 22 languages.
The book started a movement and later a church.
- Feed Me, I'm Yours by Vicky Lansky, sold 300,000 copies. She sold out to
Bantam, and they sold eight million more.
- The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans. This 87-page book took him six
weeks to write. He published it and promoted it himself. It did so well he
sold out to Simon & Schuster for $4.2 million. It hit the top of the
bestseller list and was translated into 13 languages.
- The Jester Has Lost His Jingle by Barbara Salzman, was turned down by
eight publishers. It became a bestseller.
- Travel Free by Ben Dominitz, who then founded Prima Publishing. Prima now
has 1,500 titles, 140 employees and does $60-million worth of business a
- The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter, has 132,000 copies in print
after 11 revised editions since 1979. As a result of this book, he has been
called "the godfather to thousands of books."
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