Authors who made it big by self publishing!

sink_1606_p13A lot of hidden writers do not pursue their ambitious dreams of become one due to a lot of constraints that are put forth before them. Most of the best sellers have been published by some of the world’s most renowned publishing companies which have helped the authors take a bigger leap in the community. Little is known about self publishing and even little is known on the self published books that have made it to the top in the sales billboard. If you are looking to write a book but insecure about the self publishing way, here is the top five books that were self published – hoping to change your mind set.


20745447Wool Trilogy, by Hugh Howey

Howey’s Wool Trilogy started as a self published short story available on Amazon. The success of the book helped him decided on expanding  the story line into a trilogy and eventually sold it to a publisher for half a million dollars.  Best part , the filming rights have also been sold and he would be featuring as the Executive producer for the same.


Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

Lisa  self-published Still Alice  in the year 2009 . The content and the sales was so good that a premium publishing company bought the rights for distributions .The book has been translated and publishing into twenty languages, remaining  the New York Times Bestsellers list for over forty weeks, and been made into an Academy Award winning film starring Julianne Moore.


The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield

Redfield managed to sell 100,000 copies of his book going around his car and setting up a casual store at the trunk of his car before it was finally published by Warner Books.  Since then the book was adapted into a film, developed into a trilogy, and remained as  the New York Times best seller for more than 165 weeks !!

Damaged, by H.M. Ward

Ward self-published her first book, Damaged, as an eBook on Amazon and it went on to become a #1 Bestseller in the New Adult category.  She has continued writing the series and has sold over 4 million copies, all without signing on with a traditional publisher.

Fifty Shades of Grey, by EL James50ShadesofGreyCoverArt.jpg

No real introduction required for the same. EL James published it on “Twilight” fans sites . With an unexpected craze arising from the community she eventually decided to turn it into an original erotic trilogy.  The first book was self published and the overwhelming results convinced her to weave two more books in the best seller trilogy!


If these success stories helped your make a change your mind, we at Sapna Ink are ready to help you publish your first book. Bring in your manuscript , we guarantee your book to be error free , published and reach the racks of plenty of book stores out there – all within a week’s time. If you have a manuscript, you sure should know whom to contact. Sapna Ink !!



Become a Writeprenuer

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it – Toni Morrison.


Writerpreneur is someone a lot more than just a writer who makes money from her writing. A writerpreneur is a writer who has an entrepreneurial mindset and sees opportunity in using her creative gifts to earn an income. According to Wikipedia, every year, around 800,000 books were published in the English language last year. This makes it almost 2200 books published every day. Now imagine, with such a great churn and so much noise, how can an author market his/her book effectively? The answer is Self-publishing.

Writing is traditionally a creative venture; a vocation that requires anguish, insomnia, and many more hindrances.  Writers are generally not known for their brilliant business and marketing skills; that was always the job of the traditional publisher, but in this new world of self-publishing and self-promoting, great writing alone is not going to make it.

When you are producing and selling a product and competing for customers, and the customers don’t know you’re there unless you advertise yourself. Traditional publishing largely spared the author the burden of promoting their work, but the author paid a high price for that service, sacrificing a major portion of the royalties.  Self-publishing allows much more author control and a larger portion of the profits.

Sapna Ink aspires to bring out the hidden author in you and believes Age is No Barrier to tell people your story. Sapna Ink raises the bar for self- publishers by Not only offering different genre-based packages but also provides an efficient team to work along with you, to your dream come true! Along with an ISBN code, Sapna Ink guarantees the display of your book in 12+ retail stores across India and in our e-commerce portal – and Not only this, Sapna Ink gives you a splendorous book launch with full support. Sapna Ink also has tied up with well-known online portals for authors to showcase their book.

Sapna Ink’s offers a wide opportunity to self-publishers without any hesitation. It provides various platforms for authors, and offers nothing less than the best!


The Self Publishing Cycle

Self-publishing is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry; authors find it attractive for many reasons. Unlike using traditional publishing companies, self-publishing allows the author to be in control of the entire creative and selling process. Sapna Ink’s offers a wide opportunity to self-publishers without any hesitation. It provides various platforms for authors, and offers nothing less than the best!

Step one: Write

It all starts with putting down the creativity flow into words. Once you pick your genre, you just go on with the thoughts as it takes you. There may be minor hindrances like writer’s block as such. Pay no heed and power through.

Step two: Edit

Writing without editing is like getting dressed with your eyes closed, and then leaving the house without looking in the mirror. When drafting, the writer’s focus in inherently narrowed, he/she is focused on expressing the idea more and not on the colons or semicolons, pacing and stylistic consistency. Editing is as important to the vision and message of your book. Good editing will enable your book to shine and will set you apart.

Step three: Proofread

The proofreading process of self-publishing is one of the most crucial steps that should not be overlooked.  Proofreading is the last step that can enhance the author’s reputation for how hard they have worked. Quality proofreading can transform your work into a form of art. This includes changing any spelling or grammatical errors that may have been made. It also involves finding any inconsistencies within the text and verifying facts.

Step Four: Design

A design has a tremendous impact on a book’s appeal and marketability. There are two parts to your book design: the cover and the interior. Bookshops display books with their covers facing the reader. It’s the first thing a reader sees. It is the reason a customer picks up the book, particularly in a supermarket setting where every book is front facing. Even the author can be recognized not only by the letters spelled out but by the font, the style of cover, composition, the look of a series.

Step Five: Production

Once the book has been edited and designed, it will be ready to go off to the production stage. This stage will be responsible for printing and binding it and arranging for its delivery to the publisher’s warehouse.

Step Six: Distribute

Distribution has always been one of the more complex aspects of book publishing, your book must be available for readers to buy, and you’ll want them to be available through every possible channel. The power of distribution when paired with flexible pricing creates an advantageous sales combination for the self-publishing author.

 Step Seven: Publicity

Books can generate more sales if the reader can associate it with the author. Like with any business that has a brand, authors must create a brand for themselves. Having a unique book cover, producing reviews, and creating a social media profiles for your book are all effective book marketing strategies. But, when you combine them with author promotion techniques, you can achieve much more success.

Sapna Ink’s offers a wide opportunity to self-publishers without any hesitation. It provides various platforms for authors, and offers nothing less than the best! Get your own dream team of designers, marketing, editorial and more. Follow the link for more details




An interview with Majula Bhadraswamy, author of Kathaa Gucchha, a collection of short stories

Publishing is no longer an arduous process of finding the right publishing house, and of them accepting an author’s work. Progress in printing technology has given way to self-publishing where an author can print their book in limited numbers, avail of editing guidance, and design book covers within a few weeks at a moderate cost. The advent of social media has simplified the process of publicizing a book and announcing it to the world. The voices and stories of different people can now be heard in a manner the author sees fit.

One of our up-and-coming self-published authors is Mrs. Manjula Bhadraswamy who has penned a set of short stories in Kannada, titled Kathaa Gucchha. The book was published in 2016 and has received positive reviews. In an interview with us, Ms. Bhadraswamy talks about her book, her  journey to become a writer, about her influences and inspirations.

SapnaINK (SI): Tell us about your latest book.
Mrs. Bhadraswamy (MB): Kathaa Gucchha is a collection of short stories in Kannada that was published in 2016.

SI: Tell us about the beginning of your interest in writing.
MB: I won many essay writing competitions in school and college. My father recognized my interest and ability to write and encouraged me to seriously pursue it. I never did, until 2012 when a break in my studies and career allowed me to write. I have been writing since 2012. I sent a series of stories I had written to Star of Mysore, an evening daily. They accepted and published the stories in series. The response I received from readers was heartening and I was encouraged to continue writing.

SI: What inspired you to begin writing?
MB: I developed a reading habit at a young age. I spent time in literary events and activities and have always wanted to write a book. These events have a positive atmosphere of encouraging writers and readers that I began writing. There was no looking back.

SI: How did you come up with the title of your book?
MB: Kathaa Gucchha was inspired by my life as a student and life in general in the US, in the San Francisco Bay Area in particular. The title seemed apt given its inspirations.

SI: Are the experiences in your book inspired by someone you know or events that occurred in your life?
MB: My stories have evolved from events in my life in the US.

3SI: If you could change one aspect of your book, what would it be?
MB: I have talked about US politics. In 2016 when I was writing the book, I was prone to many conversations with my professors about politics and elections. It was the hardest part of the book, and I wish I could’ve done their opinions justice by expressing them better in Kathaa Gocchha.

SI: Is there a message in your book for readers?
MB: Yes. I want to tell them that struggles and hardship are a part of life, and although they may seem unbearable at the time, think of them as a temporary phase in life. Winston Churchill puts it perfectly, “Success is not final, failure in not final; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

SI: Did you have to travel to write your book?
MB: No.

SI: How was the experience of writing a book?
MB: I learned that regularly writing is the best way to improve.

SI: What books have influenced you the most?
MB: Books by RK Narayanan, SL Byrappa, DV Gundappa, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Robert Frost, and Somerset Maugham have greatly inspired me. Robin Sharma’s, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is my absolute favorite.

SI: Who is your favorite author, and what strikes you about their work?
MB: Somerset Maugham and BL Byrappa. Maugham is a British playwright, novelist and a master storyteller. His stories are simple, yet interesting with surprise plot twists. Byrappa on the other hand, digs deep into human nature. His narrative skill is truly engaging and his work is well researched and is characterized by philosophical knowledge.

SI: If you could choose, which writer would you consider to be your mentor?
MB: I’ll name two. Somerset Maugham and SL Byrappa. I greatly admire their books.

SI: Have any of the new authors caught your attention?
MB: Yes, Khaled Hosseini and Michelle Schaper.

SI: What would you like to tell budding writers?
MB: Keep writing. That’s the only way to improve your skills.

SI: Is there anything you’d like to tell your readers?MB: Encourage the habit of reading books in this era of digitization. Support your friends who want to become writers and help them succeed.

We couldn’t agree more. Sapna INK is a self-publishing house that encourages and promotes budding writers and first-time authors to self-publish books. At Sapna INK, we’ve got you covered every step of the way to publishing a book including, editing, publicizing the book via book launch sessions and showcasing the book in book stores in India. Find out more at

10 steps to publishing a book

  1. Build your idea.

Come up with an idea and keep it as original as possible. Publishing data shows that there are only a few kinds of stories, but an engaging twist to it makes all the different.

  1. Think about your story

Once you have an idea, look at it from different angles. You should be able to answer any question about your story, characters, plot, the progression of the story or its cohesion.

  1. Outline your story

Once you have your story with characters, plot et al, write an outline. Break it down into parts without detailing too many aspects. Cohesion and flow are things to focus on at this juncture. 

  1. Time to draft

Write everything you have to write at this point. It’s alright if you deviate from the plot as long as the characters move towards the intended goal and the story adds up.

  1. Edit for grammar

Editing is one of the biggest, most important steps to writing a book and getting it published. Expect to be editing over and over: spelling, grammar, trimming the fat, tie up loose ends. Read dialogues out loud to make sure they sound right.

  1. Edit for style

Tweak your language according to the situation in the story. Using Ks and Fs for fights, Ss and Ls for romance are ways to express the intended emotion. Using discretion with this tool is advised.

  1. Edit again

Now edit for sentence formation such as active and passive voice. Now is also the time to approach a professional or an online editor.

  1. Get a second opinion

Ask a trusted person to read your edited draft. This will highlight errors you might have missed.

  1. Think about Publishing

Consider your options to publish your book. You could approach a publishing house that has its own advantages, or self-publish which gives you so much more freedom.

  1. Publish your book

Once you’ve chosen how to show the world your work of art, go ahead with it. Don’t forget those book signing events and talks that are so important to get attention.

Although the road to publishing a book might seem arduous, the result is immensely satisfying. Don’t lose hope! There are plenty of services and tools that simplify the process for you. Sapna INK is one such self-publishing house that gives guides you with editing, publishing and promotion, all over 15 days.

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 or visit them at to get editorial and publishing guidance, or self-publish your work in 7 days.

Get yourself published through Sapna Ink


Tired of drafting and sending proposals, selections from your book to publishers and then waiting to see if your book is approved for publishing or rejected by them!  Then tell your story to the world through Sapna Ink.  We value your time.

Sapna Ink is a part of Sapna Book Store. Famous writers like Ruskin Bond prefer us over other publishing houses as their launch pad.

Comprehensive Package Rates for a Self-Publisher

We offer a unique self-publishing package to aspiring and renowned writers.  We have set up effective teams to look into all aspects of your publishing, as follows:

  • Editorial team.
  • Design team to take care of book cover, illustrations, and page layouts according to the genre of the book.
  • Marketing team which has a guaranteed book display in all our 12+ retail outlets and e-commerce portals –, Also, promote the author and his book on social media platforms. We also distribute your books to libraries.

We also offer an

  • Exclusive Promotion Kit which includes bookmarks, author cards, book stubs, flyers and posters to help you reach a wider audience.
  • ISBN number for every book.

Free author copies

  • We also provide a large number of free author copies to our clients.

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We value your time ! Traditional publishing has a major drawback in that you have to wait for a long time for your book to be approved and published.  Get yourself published through Sapna Ink’s effective team for the assistance of experts and also receive free author copies. The cost according to the genre is available at our website.

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Know about the Types of Papers

papersTypes of Paper :

Papers are characterized by their weight. Before selling to selling a customer, papers are cut into varying sizes and weight is measured for a ream. A ream is a bundle of 500 sheets.

Density of Paper or Thickness of Paper :

The density or thickness is denoted as grams per cubic meter. The paper density ranges from 250 kg/m3 (for tissue paper) to 1500 kg/m3 for some specialty paper. The density of paper used for printing is about 800 kg/m3.

Here are some types of papers :

  • Bank Paper
  • Bond Paper
  • Book Paper
  • Cotton Paper
  • Electronic Paper
  • Fish Paper
  • Inkjet Paper
  • Kraft Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Wallpapers
  • Wax Paper

Let us see in detail about some of the papers.

Bank Paper : These types of papers are thin strong writing paper of less than 50g/m2. It is commonly used for typewriting and correspondence.

Bond Paper : These are high-quality durable writing papers similar to bank paper, but having a weight greater than 50g/m2.  These papers are used for letterheads, for electronic printers and other stationary. It is made from rag pulp, which produces a stronger paper than wood pulp.

Book Paper : These papers are specially designed for publication of printed books. Generally, book papers are low white or off white, which is easier to read. These papers are opaque to minimize the show through of text from one side of the page to another side of the page. Usually, these papers are made to the tighter caliper (thickness of the sheet), especially for case bound books. These book papers are light weight papers.

Cotton Paper : These papers are made from 100% cotton fibers. It has a superior quality in durability and in strength compared to the wood-pulp papers. Wood-pulp papers may contain the high concentration of acids. These cotton fiber papers are known to last for several hundred years without discoloring, fading or decaying. So these papers are often used for important documents.
Inkjet Paper : These papers are designed for inkjet printers. Typically classified by its brightness, smoothness, weight.

Kraft Paper : This paper is usually brown in color. But, it can be bleached to produce white paper. These are made from wood pulp. These papers are used for paper grocery bags, multiwall sacks, and other packing purposes.

Paper Towel : It is a disposable product made from paper. These Paper towels serve like conventional towels. It can be used for drying hands, wiping windows and dusting. These paper towels are disposable.

Wallpaper : These wallpapers are used to decorate the interiors. Walls of homes, offices and other buildings like restaurants, shops.

Wax Paper :  These papers are made moisture proof through the application of wax. These Wax Papers are commonly used in cooking, and wrapping food for storage. It keeps water out or in. It is also used in crafts and arts.

Sapna INK is publishing its books with high-quality book papers. It is the place, where you can publish your books on different platforms. Select from the different packages of Sapna INK and it will be displayed in the racks of India’s largest Bookstore with famous authors.


Planning to market your book ?

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Team up your creativity with your business brain to market your books. Quick tips to help you market your book from the expert marketing team from Sapna INK.

Promote Professionally  : Grab the attention of people by series of posters, bookmarks and business cards.

Select Places to sell your books : Take your books to the local stores and hotels. If the book is about a historical period or any historical event, approach a museum nearby.

Social Media Pages : To communicate with your readers and to market your book – the great place would be social media like Facebook. Post different versions of your book’s cover pages to attract the readers.

Blog or Website : Writing a blog / website will present you as an expert. This will help you to reach your readers closely.

Email Signature : An easy way to invite or attract people to check for your latest updates on your books is, adding your website link or blog link in your email signature.

Book Clubs / Readers Club : Approach your local book club or readers club, whether they are interested in reading your book / novel as their next read.

Give a talk at a library, local school : Market your book by talking about the process in a nearby library. Share your experience about writing, to the local school students, if the book is relevant to them.

Press Release : Prepare a professional Advance Information sheet and send it to booksellers. It should contain the important informations like ISBN number, Price, announcement of release date and some info about you. Send a well written press release to newspapers and magazines with good images. It will be a great way to market your book a little wider.

By selecting Sapna INK, as your publisher, your book is open to a wide range of readers in all platforms. It will be displayed in a rack with best selling authors. For more details about selecting a package for publishing your book, visit

Tips to overcome your Self-Publishing Fears

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Do you have Self-Publishing fears? No one else will write your book for you. Most of the best selling self-published authors admit about not having any experience before they started. There isn’t special “code to success”. Here are some tips for you.

Test It : Writing is a kind of intensely private experience, which can be happily shared. Showing someone your work, can make you feel vulnerable. If you are facing this problem or fear, it means you aren’t ready to share your writing.

To overcome this, create a blog where you upload your creative writing, flash fiction, small poems. It will be published for anyone to see and comment on it. You could also submit articles for magazines. Do not worry about the rejections. Every writing comes with rejection at some point.

Interact : Interact with the self-publishing  community people. Speaking your ideas will make them to have a clear idea about your writings. They may tell you, if they think about some place in the market for your book . Talk to the book sellers. They know what sells well and which are popular. Talk to the readers. Search for readers online – like on some social pages, Pinterest and check for what they talk or chat about other similar authors and their blogs. Draft content for them and make them to read your article.

Build Confidence : Never think about negative feedback. “What if no readers likes my story / book”. Most of the new self-publishing authors will worry about trusting. That is passing the projects to other people (that is publishers). But it is an important process if you want a professional author career. By collaborating with publishers you ensure that you give your book / story what it deserves with industry standards.

To reduce your fears on self-publishing, trust your gut with the help you decided to go for. Check for the publisher’s customer service, verify whether they show their process by stage, view their previous work or their sample work. These analysis will help you get rid off the anxieties at handing over your precious manuscripts to them.

Self-Publishing your book is a learning process. You will make mistakes along the way, but it will help you to get information and guidance. And it is a good idea to learn from the successful writers in the industry. Visit and get some expert guidance on your first novel.

We, Sapna INK welcome writing projects at all stages of the process. Check out the testimonial about us, from the authors of the industry and be sure that your book is in safe hands.