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3 Self-Publishing Success Stories to Inspire Your Journey

A self-published author is someone who captains their own ship. The seas can be rough and navigating your ship without hitting an iceberg can be harder.

The good news is that many authors have taken ship before you and found immense success. With 3 such inspiring stories, we aim to drive home the point that there’s more than pure luck at play.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian is a widely famous sci-fi novel of an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. When the author Andy Weir first self-published the book, he didn’t expect it to have any mainstream appeal. He wrote and published it without making a single phone call to a publishing firm. The story took off after an audiobook company noticed the book. It was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie and became a household name.

2. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfieldy

The Celestine Prophecy was first self-published in 1993. Redfield and his wife distributed copies of the book to bookstores by hand and relied on word-of-mouth marketing for the first 100,000 sales. It was later picked up by Warner Books and became the bestselling American book in the world in 1995 and 1996.

3. Faking It by Elisa Lorello

Elisa Lorello is an author that rode the wave of self-publishing with her debut novel Faking It. When it first landed on Amazon’s Kindle, it had no literary agent or publisher. As sales trickled in, she boosted sales by dropping the selling price from $1.99 to 99 cents. She topped reputed authors and established publishing houses to reach the #1 spot in the Kindle store.


Shafeeka Hafeez

Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.

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December 5, 2020

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