Famous Authors Who Have Self Published

If you are thinking about self-publishing your book, you’re in good company.

This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous writers have successfully self-published including:

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Zane Grey
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • DH Lawrence
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Virginia Woolf

The Shack Cover ImageThe Shack by William Young has sold 12 to 15 million copies since the book was originally self-published in May 2007.

Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About is a self-published book by Kevin Trudeau and has sold over six million copies.

The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard was originally self-published.

A Time to Kill by John Grisham was originally self-published. He sold his first work out of the trunk of his car.

Legally Blonde CoverAmanda Brown self-published her first novel, Legally Blonde, as a print-on-demand book.  Her self-published book was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Business consultant Tom Peters self-published In Search of Excellence and sold more than 25,000 copies directly to consumers in the first year. He then sold the rights to Warner, whose edition has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies.

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and book series, self-published an original eBook, God’s Debris, early in 2001 as a way of testing the market for a new book.

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles, was originally self-published.  Nine million copies are in print, and it has been translated into fourteen different languages worldwide. To date, over ten million copies have been sold worldwide.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was originally self-published in 1901.

T.S. Eliot, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land, paid for the publication of his first book.

L. Frank Baum self-published some of the books in the Wizard of Oz series.

Mark Twain paid for the publication of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when he became tired of the foolishness of his previous publishers. He then invested the money earned from the sale of that book to help develop one of the first working typewriters.

American poet and short story writer Edgar Allen Poe, author of the poem The Raven and short stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher, self-published some of his writings.

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  • Pink Pearlybird

    I am the proud owner of the 1894 edition of “The Jungle Books” by Rudyard Kipling! Thank you, Grandpa! Jes Fuhrmann, author of “The Diary of Pink Pearl, A Bird’s Eye View” published by Bookstand Publishing, 2013. First book in America about a Moluccan cockatoo!


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