5 famous authors who self-published their books

A writer with a story in hand has two ways to publish his/her book: Approach a publisher, or self-publish via guidance through Sapna INK and many others currently available. While the former can be a long drawn process beginning with the acceptance of the story by a publisher, to editing to marketing and selling the final book, self-publishing guarantees your story is out in a fraction of the time, and in a form you want your book to be in. Progress in printing technology also ensures that you can print-on-demand copies of your book at an arguably good price to save resources. Self-publishing has been a platform for many now-famous writers, some of whom you might be surprised to hear started out on their own. Here’s a list of five famous authors who made their fame by being self-published authors. Breaking into the print world is no mean feat, and self-publishing has given these famous writers and many success.

1. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dickens took on the costs of publishing his now-beloved, Christmas Carol, the story of old and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghost of his friend, Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve who encourages him to be a kinder person. The book took six weeks to first appear on shelves, and continues to be published across the world. Although he ran into printing issues at first, subsequent public readings tremendously improved popularity and sales.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey EL James

The author began his efforts at self-publishing by popularizing his work online as Twilight fan fiction. His stories quickly gained popularity, encouraging EL James to self-publish the first volume, Fifty Shades of Grey in the series.

3. Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

Tripathi is considered to be the author of one of India’s most popular books on Shiva fiction. Not only did Tripathi invest in publishing his book after being rejected by publishers, he took admirable efforts to market his work offering initial copies of his books for free. All the books in the series are best sellers and have been translated into a number of Indian languages.

4. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Blades of Grass is a collection of poems that depicted life, humanity and sensual pleasures at a time when such themes were unheard of. Although the initial versions of the collection of 14 poems were published by professionals, subsequent productions were handled by Whitman who revised his work multiple times over the course of his life, by editing and adding poems, pictures and illustrations to his heart’s content, concluding with 400 poems just before his demise.

5. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

The autobiography was rejected thirty times after which Proust paid for the publishing himself. First copies of the book were an immense success and is now a considered to be a masterpiece in English literature.

Self-publishing your book gives you complete control of your work and quick results. In the past, this method put the onus of editing and marketing on the author, self-publishing companies now provide guidance on these matters. One such self-publisher is Sapna INK that provides editorial guidance, book launches and guarantees placing your work in fourteen popular stores in Bangalore, India, a technology savvy metro inhabited by the young, to bring you recognition. You can mail them at info@sapnaink.com or visit them at http://sapnaink.com/ to get editorial and publishing guidance, or self-publish your work in 7 days.

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