Self-Published Book Success Stories

Have you always wanted to write a book? Technology has come a long way, allowing pretty much anyone to self-publish using resources like CreateSpace by and Smashwords, an independent e-book distributor.

As Ann McIndoo, who runs an author-coaching business, explains, “The author or the topic or the brand drives the sale. When you go to the bookstore, you want Stephen King or a book on How To Knit. It doesn’t matter who published it.”

Authors like Theresa Ragan are a perfect example of self-publishing success. After Ragan’s manuscripts were rejected by many publishers, she learned how to write HTML code, hired a jacket designer, and uploaded her first three books on Amazon for free. She didn’t expect to sell more than a few copies, but sales of her first e-book, “Abducted,” took off, and she continues to sell around 400 copies a day.

Author Susan Kirschbaum had a similar experience, but she took to self-promoting her book and was even able to get the book sold at the Mercer Hotel in New York. If you’re struggling to get published, you might want to consider self-publishing and self-promoting your book- you may be surprised at the results!

The Wall Street Journal, 7/16/13

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