Self-publishing was at one point considered as bad as vanity publishing, but with so many self-published successes
in the past few years, it is now possible to self-publish with respect. Publishers Weekly will now look at
self-published books, something they would never have done five or ten years ago. “Gone are the days,” wrote former
Publishers Weekly rights columnist Paul Nathan, “when self-publishing was virtually synonymous with self-defeating.”
And now with the advent of print-on-demand publishing, it's possible to self-publish at little cost. POD publishing
or self-publishing are excellent ways to test the market for a book, establish that market, and even build the market to
such an extent that an author can sell the reprint rights to a much larger publisher for agood advance. Indeed,
many larger publishers now scour the shelves and the Internet for self-published and POD books that could fit
their publishing program. Self-publishing has become respectable again.
You could stock a superb college library or an incredible bookstore just from the books written by the some of the
authors who have chosen to self-publish: Margaret Atwood, L. Frank Baum, William Blake, Ken Blanchard, Robert Bly,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, Willa Cather, Pat Conroy, Stephen Crane, e.e. cummings, W.E.B. DuBois,
Alexander Dumas, T.S. Eliot, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Benjamin Franklin, Zane Grey, Thomas Hardy, E. Lynn Harris, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Robinson Jeffers, Spencer Johnson, Stephen King, Rudyard Kipling, Louis L'Amour, D.H.
Lawrence, Rod McKuen, Marlo Morgan, John Muir, Anais Nin, Thomas Paine, Tom Peters, Edgar Allen Poe, Alexander Pope,
Beatrix Potter, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Irma Rombauer, Carl Sandburg, Robert Service, George Bernard Shaw, Percy
Bysshe Shelley, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, William Strunk, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry David Thoreau, Leo
Tolstoi, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf.
This web site features many other amazing authors who have chosen to self-publish at some time in their careers. You
would do well to be among this honored group.
If you would like to nominate a self-publisher to this hall of
fame, please send an email message to John Kremer. I
know that I have missed some self-publishers I truly would like to
add to this list. Your name might be one of those.
Here are a few of the things that can qualify someone for inclusion in
this hall of fame: big sales, significant
rights sales, impact on society, growth as a publisher, an innovative
marketing strategy, or a very good story.