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 three such inspiring stories, we aim to drive home the point that there’s more than pure luck at play.
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.
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.
Elisa Lorello is an author who 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 tried increasing them by dropping the price from $1.99 to 99 cents. She topped reputed authors and established publishers to reach the #1 spot in the Kindle store. Once she scored her massive amounts of positive reviews and rankings, she was able to increase the price to $3.99. Clever!