Kremer's Self-Publishing Hall of Fame — This book
features the stories of hundreds of famous self-publishers who have gone on to great
success. It also features tips from many of the hall of famers on how to do what
they did. I publish this book as an ebook because I’m continually adding new
heroes to it. June, 2011. 297-page ebook download. $20.00.
Self-Publishing Hall of Fame Listings
Self-publishing was once considered as bad as vanity publishing, but with so many self-published successes
in the past few years, it is now possible to self-publish with respect. Publishers Weekly will now look at
self-published books, something they would never have done five or ten years ago. “Gone are the days,” wrote
Publishers Weekly rights columnist Paul Nathan, “when self-publishing was virtually synonymous with self-defeating.”
And now with the advent of print-on-demand publishing, it's possible to self-publish
books at little cost. POD publishing
or self-publishing (Please Note: they are not the same thing) are excellent ways to test the market for
a book, establish that market, and even build the market to such an extent that an author can sell the reprint rights to
a much larger book publisher for a very good advance. Indeed, many larger book publishers now scour the shelves and the
Internet for self-published and POD books that could fit their publishing program. Self publishing has become respectable again.
Publishing your own book can
be a great solution to producing your own book.
You could stock a superb college library or an incredible bookstore just from the books written by the
authors who have chosen to self-publish books at some point in their lives. Here are
some of our most famous self-publishers: Margaret Atwood, William Blake, Ken Blanchard, Robert Bly,
Lord Byron, Willa Cather, Pat Conroy, Stephen Crane, e.e. cummings, W.E.B. DuBois,
Alexander Dumas, T.S. Eliot, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Benjamin Franklin, Zane Grey, Thomas Hardy, E. Lynn Harris, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Robinson Jeffers, Spencer Johnson, Stephen King, Rudyard Kipling, Louis L'Amour, D.H.
Lawrence, Rod McKuen, Marlo Morgan, John Muir, Anais Nin, Thomas Paine, Tom Peters, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Pope, Beatrix Potter, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Irma Rombauer, Carl Sandburg, Robert Service, George Bernard Shaw, Percy
Bysshe Shelley, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, William Strunk Jr., Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry David Thoreau, Leo
Tolstoi, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf.
On the following pages is a list of many other amazing authors
who have chosen to self-publish at some time in their careers. You would do well
to be among this honored group.
One romance author's critique of the following list: “When
these example names get brought up over and over, it gives the impression that
it happens all the time. But when you have to dredge through the millions of
authors who have produced work over the past TWO HUNDRED years, just to make up
a list that contains fifty or sixty, then it's the equivalent of saying that a
person can strike oil in their back yard while digging a swimming pool. It's
probably happened. But it doesn't happen often, and it's unfair to lead people
to believe that they're the NEXT SURE-FIRE MULTI-MILLIONAIRE AUTHOR of the
publishing game because a few people over a few centuries have accomplished it.”
I didn't dredge this list up. It is a list of almost 400
creative and noble people who at some point in their careers chose
self-publishing as a legitimate option. I don't recommend self-publishing to
most authors, but for some it is and has been a viable and productive option.
This list tells the stories of these people. I will continue to honor them.
Please note that the full story for many of the contemporary
self-publishers are included in the book version of this hall of fame.
If you would like to nominate a successful self-publisher to this Self-Publishing Hall of Fame, please send an email message to
John Kremer. I know that I have missed some self-publishers I truly
would like to add to this list. Your name might be one of those. Here are a few of the things that can qualify someone
for inclusion in this Self-Publishers Hall of Fame: big sales, significant rights sales, impact on society, growth
as a publisher, an innovative marketing strategy, or a very good book marketing story.
Self-Publishing Hall of Fame Listings
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John Kremer's Self-Publishing Hall of Fame — This book features the stories of hundreds of
self-publishers who have gone on to great success. It also features tips from many of the hall of famers on how to
do what they did. I publish this book as an ebook because I’m continually adding new heroes to it. A great motivational
and educational tool! June 2011. 297-page ebook download. $20.00.