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John Kremer's Self-Publishing Hall of Fame ó 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 Iím continually adding new heroes to it. June, 2011. 237-page ebook download. $20.00.


Self-Publishing Hall of Fame Listings

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With the help of six friends, Betty J. Eadie self-published Embraced by the Light, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller (on the list for two years as a hardcover and paperback).

Mary Baker Eddy, founder of The First Church of Christ, Scientists, originally self-published her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in 1875. That book is now published in 17 languages and has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Eddy also founded her own publishing company which today publishes weekly and monthly magazines as well as the Pulitzer Prize award-winning daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor (founded in 1908).

Bob Easter wrote and published two books on buying and selling homes. He has sold thousands of copies via his website at http://www.easterhome.com.

With the help of agent Anna Ghosh, India Edghill sold the rights to her self-published novel Queenmaker to St. Martin's which offered her a big advance and full-page ads in the New York Times Book Review.

In 2002, best-selling author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) published his first novel through his own publishing company, McSweeney's.

Arlene Eisenberg self-published What to Do When Youíre Expecting before Workman went on to republish it and sell 8 million copies (and counting) plus millions more copies of other titles in the series.

Nobel Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land, paid for the publication of his first book.

In 2002, bestselling author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) published his first novel through his own publishing company, McSweeney's. He sold 10,000 copies as a limited edition through his website mcsweeneys.net. Books published by McSweeney's are printed in Iceland.

Paulette Ensign's success in selling 500,000 booklets (110 Ideas for Organizing Your Business Life without Advertising) shows you can have success in self publishing without needing to write a full length book. Her website is www.tipsbooklets.com.

John Erickson founded Maverick Books to self-publish the first book in his Hank the Cowdog series in 1982. To make sales, he loaded his pickup with copies and sold them at cattle auctions, rodeos, schools, Rotary meetings, and anywhere else he could find a crowd. He later sold the series to Texas Monthly Press, which was later bought by Gulf Publishing.

Due to demand from many friends, Richard Paul Evans self-published 8,000 copies of his little holiday story, The Christmas Box, in August 1993. That fall he sold many thousands of copies in the Salt Lake City area alone. When the major publishers became interested in the book, dozens of them participated in a two-day auction. Simon & Schuster came out the winner. They only had to pay Evans a $4.2 million advance (which included the rights to a prequel as well). He retained the rights to his softcover edition. The next year, both editions ended up on the bestseller lists. The book has sold more than 7 million copies in 17 different languages.

When Jim Everroad lost his job as a high school athletic coach, he decided to become a sportswriter. The first job he tackled was to write an article describing the exercises he had developed to tighten his pot belly. After selling the article to a newspaper, he expanded it into a full book called How to Flatten Your Stomach and printed a first edition of 3,000 copies. Later the book was discovered by Price/Stern/Sloan who published a national edition of the book, which became a bestseller. The book has since sold over 2 million copies.

Twenty-five years ago, Helen Exley self-published the first of her many illustrated quote gift books. Since 1976, Exley Publications has sold more than 41 million copies of her gift books.

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John Kremer's Self-Publishing Hall of Fame ó 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 Iím continually adding new heroes to it. A great motivational and educational tool! June 2011. 256-page ebook download. $20.00.


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