There used to be a stigma against self publishing and literary agents still tend to advise against it, but that is quickly becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the success of a handful of best selling self-published authors. There are writers who have become millionaires just by publishing their own e-books. The traditional publishers have become the ones that have to fight for writers, instead of the other way around. The writer has already accomplished the hardest part - building a fan base. Here is our list of 10 of the biggest authors that started out self-published.
10 David Chilton - The Wealthy Barber
9 James Redfield - The Celestine Prophecy
8 K.A Tucker - Ten Tiny Breaths
7 Michael J. Sullivan - The Riyria Chronicles
6 H.M Ward - Damaged
5 Barbara Freethy - Daniel's Gift
4 Lisa Genova - Still Alice
3 Amanda Hocking
2 Hugh Howey - Wool Trilogy
1 E.L James - 50 Shades of Grey
Arguably the most well known self-publishing successes, E.L James’ 50 Shade of Grey trilogy started out as a fan fiction of the Twilight series. She posted it on fan fiction sites and her own website, and later developed it into an original erotic trilogy. She then self-published the first book as an e-book and print-on-demand paperback through The Writers’ Coffee Shop, a virtual publisher based in Australia. The book spread quickly, emphasizing the growing popularity of erotica in women’s fiction. The trilogy was dubbed “Mommy Porn” and became a worldwide sensation with a movie adaptation on the way. Although the series has been heavily criticized for being poorly written, that clearly didn’t stop millions of people from buying it anyway.
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