I first give congrats to these daring authors who believed in themselves and their talents. I'm at the point in prayer of all the hard work and that in faith and creativity I will reach the mountaintop.I love self publishing and the freedom it gives me to write and reach my customers. I love to birth my books. Please follow me on my blog page found on my website. My third book,Over There:Raindrops of Reflection will be coming out this year. I have found this site very informative esp. where I am in my writing career nowM
Great blog. Learned about a number of self-published authors from this post. The best part is the cookie crumbs they are leaving based on the lessons' they have learned. THANK YOU! If I were to add #26; I would include the author Melissa Foster since she seems to be aggregating a self-publishers' support network with her World Lit Cafe as well as self-publishing several novels.
Could you update the Louise Voss entry to mention me as Louise and I did everything together and I don't like to feel left out ;) @mredwards
Mark, I am so sorry to have left you out. The first article I found on Louise only mentioned her, and subsequent research turned your name up, but I wasn't sure how extensive your role was. I've updated the post to reflect your partnership. Thanks!
Well, what a nice surprise to be included on this list! Thank you. One small note: my other books were not self-published but commissioned by specialty publishers as work-for-hire, meaning I got paid a flat fee. I point this out because this is an almost never discussed means for authors to write books and get paid for them. There are so very many options to be a professional writer-I have been self supporting from writing for more than a decade-and it is important I think for writers to look at all the options rather than focusing exclusively on getting that one big deal. Which almost never happens! Anyway, great post! Many thanks!
Laurel, I am sorry to have assumed that they were self-published. I've updated the post to reflect the accurate information. Also - good point about becoming a full time writer, I think you're right and thanks for bringing it up!
Having recently read various blogs and newspaper articles regarding the successful marketing of self published books I am left wondering which is more important: the gymnastics of placement and marketing, or story. Can content alone translate into success, or must one be a marketing gymnast? Maybe the flip side of that question is - can mediocre content find success simply through the use of clever marketing?
Ironically, my friend Boyd Morrison (aka #5) forwarded me the link to your blog post! Thank you for including me on such an amazing list of successful self-published and "alternatively-published" authors. I would like to add a very recent (48 hours recent)update to my story. I held an Amazon promotion on Valentine's Day, giving away FREE copies of my romantic comedies THE FROG PRINCE and SLEEPING BEAUTY. By midnight Tuesday, I had given away 45,000 copies, and SLEEPING BEAUTY and THE FROG PRINCE were#1 and #3, respectively, in the Kindle Free Store. I then returned the novels to the paid Kindle Store and waited. On Wednesday, THE FROG PRINCE (which had a respectable run as a mid-list bestseller in 2011, peaking at #850 in the Kindle Store) leaped back on to three Top 100 Lists and to #1,225 in the Kindle Store. The more exciting part is that SLEEPING BEAUTY jumped to #611 in the Kindle Store, and onto three Top 100 Lists on Amazon, not only topping--overnight--the ranking that FROG PRINCE took nearly one year to achieve, but becoming an instant bestseller. I just thought I'd share this latest update, since it all happened so recently. Thank you again for including me on your list.
Elle, how exciting! Thanks for sharing your update. Helping authors sell more books is what we like to do, and your tips about offering a free promotion are so valuable! That's incredible that Sleeping Beauty became a bestseller overnight thanks to your creative marketing techniques. We wish you continued success! Colleen