Self-publishing a book is an easy way to bring your book to market, you don’t need to have an agent or go cap-in-hand to a publisher, but that being said, it does require a great deal of hard work in order to make sales, and as you’re doing it yourself, you’ll need to budget for everything that goes along with preparing and promoting a book.
And because the pathway to self-publishing is quite straightforward, many authors choose this option, as a result, there were over 2.3 million self-published books released in 2022 (and if you include traditional published books, the total number is over 4 million). That’s over 6,000 self-published books launched every day (over 10,000 if you include traditionally published books too).
So, there are a lot of authors writing and publishing their work, great for those of us who love to read!
But how many authors who choose to do it by themselves are successful? It’s quite easy to get bogged down in the numbers, but self-pub authors can make break throughs and become true best sellers, here is a list of some of the best indie authors who you may not have realized self-published.
1, Andy Wier – The Martian
Self-published and promoted by the author, it hit the best seller list of both Amazon and the New York times, going on to being turned into a Hollywood blockbuster movie (that most of us will of either seen or at least heard of).
2, Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Not the first author you would have though of, he chose to publish his most famous book himself (after wanting a better return on his royalties), the book has gone on to be made into movies a TV series and stays in print to this day, selling hundreds of thousands of copies each year.
3, E.L. James – Fifty Shades of Grey
Not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but this bestselling book-turned movie has been highly successful, earning the author a great deal of money as a result, it also enabled here to increase sales and income with a full series of other books too.
4, Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad
One of the biggest non-fiction books, this has gone on to help millions of readers and brought the author into the spotlight as a business leader and financial expert. But what you may not know is that he originally self-published the book back in the 90s after being rejected by many publishers.
5, Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones
Wayne Dyer was a highly successful author and speaker, going on to help countless people with his wisdom, but you may not have realized that his first book was self-published. Apparently he gave out hundreds of books for free initially, working hard to gain momentum, this has gone on to see the author sell millions of books and become a household name within the self-help world.
6, Lisa Genova – Still Alice
This internationally best-selling author initially self-published their book and later went on to have it taken on by a large publishing house, from there it was adapted into a movie.
7, William Young – The Shack
This well known book has gone on to sell tens of millions of copies around the world, it also went on to become a movie, but the book was originally self-published by the author back in 2007.
8, John Grisham – A Time to Kill
The internationally best-selling author originally self-published this book and worked hard at selling and promoting the book by himself, this lead to him becoming the well-known and successful author he’s become today.
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