How would you like to join the likes of Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling,or Beatrix Potter? Or maybe you are a little more contemporary in your style, like E.L. James (50 Shades of Gray), Lisa Genova (Still Alice), or Andy Weir (The Martian). These are just a small sampling of famous authors who began their writing careers by publishing their own works.
If you have self-published even one book, you are among a growing community likely to create its own history. Although the authors listed above chose to accept contracts from traditional publishers when the opportunity arose, there are others who have left large publishers. Barbara Freethy, a #1 New York Times Best-selling romance and romance mystery author, chose to leave her traditional publisher. Her success continues, with over 52 novels to her credit. Then there are some, like Ferro Family Saga author H.M. Ward (romance author), who has always self-published. It is reported that Ms. Ward has sold over 13 million books and is honored as a New York Times #1 Best-selling Author!
It’s true that there are no guarantees in life, but had these authors not taken the chance on self-publishing, their successes very likely would not have happened.