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Famous Self-Published Authors
Have you ever wondered what Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, D.H. Lawrence, James Redfield and Jack Canfield have in common? These authors, who brought us such unforgettable classics as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Huckleberry Finn, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Celestine Prophecy, all have one thing in common. They were all self-published! Today, these are household names, but once, they began with the shadow of a dream of publishing a book and sharing their ideas with the world.
As an unknown author, each faced the same hurdles as any untried writer in the insanely competitive publishing industry of today. Beatrix Potter’s classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was rejected by no less than six publishers on the grounds that her children’s book contained no illustrations. Using her skill as a scientific illustrator, she created her own images and self-published two hundred and fifty copies before capturing the attention of a traditional publisher.
The risqué Lady Chatterley’s Lover could not be published via the regular route due to the obscenity laws of the day. As such, D.H. Lawrence self-published this tome, using the private editions option available at the time. Another well-known read, the Celestine Prophecy, began life when the author, James Redfield, personally printed and gave away one thousand five hundred copies.
Other renowned titles you may well recognise include Christopher Paolini’s Eragon, Ernest Hemingway’s Three Stories and Ten Poems and Howard Fast’s Spartacus. Authors like Mark Twain and Beatrix Potter published their works in a time when self-publishing was costly. Others flouted social convention, Howard Fast being a perfect example. A self-proclaimed communist, he was persona non grata and no publisher would touch his work. His answer was to self-publish Spartacus.
Modern advances in technology and social networking have made it a thousand times easier and less expensive to self-publish. There are so many resources available that give you every chance for your masterpiece to match, and even surpass, the successes of those who have gone before you.
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