I read an article this week about self-publishing, and was disappointed to find a stigma attached to those who chose to publish their own work. You see there is a belief among some publishers that self-publishing has devalued the publishing business as a whole. WOW! I am not denying that there is BAD fiction floating around in the eBook world, but let’s look at those who have gone before us—and succeeded.
John Grisham wrote his first novel, “A Time to Kill” in 1989. After being rejected twenty-eight times, he struck out on his own, publishing 5,000 copies of his book through a small publisher. I don’t need to tell you what has become of John Grisham, thirty-one books and nine movies later—do I?
Beatrix Potter’s, “The Tales of Peter Rabbit,” was rejected several times before Beatrix self-published the book in 1901. Now who doesn’t remember Peter Rabbit from their childhood? She is obviously loved by many; over two million Beatrix Potter books are sold each year.
One of the most recent authors to find success in self-publishing is Amanda Hocking, who wrote seventeen novels while working at a group home in Minnesota. She self-published all seventeen as e-books, selling more than a million copies. Amanda, an up and coming star in the literary world, will no doubt have continued success in the coming years.
As an author who is about to self-publish her first book, in pursuit of that same literary dream. I find hope in the stories of those authors who didn’t give up, but pursued their dream to completion. Now that I have dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s I will offer up my story to eBook readers around the world.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney