Okay, so who isn’t hoping to become famous with their extraordinary, self-published book?
It really is a long-shot–we have to admit it. It’s not like we’re going into this self-publishing thing with our head in the sand, are we?
Aside from all the hard work: the time and expense of actually writing our book; designing the cover (or finding a designer); editing (or hiring an editor); and promoting and marketing the book, it’s nice to think that just maybe ….
John Kremer’s Self-Publishing Hall of Fame
We’ve all heard stories about The Christmas Box, by Paul Richard Evans, but have you heard about Mawi Asgedom, author Of Beetles and Angels, a true-life story in which, at the age of three, he survives war-torn Ethiopia, and grows up to give the commencement address at Harvard as an adult?
What about William E.B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP? He self-published The Moon in 1906.
Les Kelley, of the Kelley Blue Book (the standard for used car values) published the Blue Book of Motor Car Values in 1918.
Richard Nixon (yes, that Richard Nixon, former President of the United States) self-published Real Peace.
There are many, many more writers whose stories are found in John Kremer’s interesting book, who self-published and found themselves as the authority on a particular subject, or sold enough copies of their book to catch the attention of a conventional publisher; many who made quite a bit of money in the deal.
Many self-published writers starting out today claim to write because it is ‘who they are’ and they’re not interested in making money or becoming famous; and then there are many who work very hard at marketing their works to become a success. Whatever your reason for writing and self-publishing, rest assured, there are self-publishers throughout history who made it big, and there are self-publishers today who are doing the same.
For more info: The information for this article was found on John Kremer’s website, from his book ‘John Kremer’s Self-Publishing Hall of Fame’. To purchase an ebook, or check out the interesting self-publishers, go to http://www.bookmarket.com/selfpublish-a.htm
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