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Featuring Famous Self-Publishers

John 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 Im continually adding new heroes to it. June, 2011. 237-page ebook download. $20.00.

Self-Publishing Hall of Fame Listings

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Bill Quain has sold more than 900,000 copies of Pro-sumer Power in over 20 languages.


Mary Randolph, 72, self-published The Virginia House-wife, the first regional American cookbook in 1824. Randolph was such an accomplished cook that Gabriel Prosser, the leader of an unsuccessful uprising of slaves, said that had he been successful he would have spared Mary's life and made her his queen and cook. Since that time, Mary's friends referred to her as Queen Mary.

James Redfield sold over 80,000 copies of his self-published book, The Celestine Prophecy, from the trunk of his Honda and then sold the reprint rights to Warner Books for $800,000! The book, the #1 bestseller in 1996, has gone on to sell 5.5 million copies.

In five years Russell Reich sold over 10,000 copies of Notes on Directing. In addition, he sold foreign rights to Atlantic Books in London and paperback rights to Walker & Company. The book has been endorsed by Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Tom Stoppard, Sir Richard Eyre, Rosemary Harris, and Edward Albee. The book also won the 2003 Book of the Year silver award from Foreward magazine and the 2004 Ippy Award for best performing arts book.

While recovering from brain tumor surgery, Marianne Richmond began painting and writing thank-you cards for her friends and family. Out of that effort, she created Marianne Richmond Studios to sell her greeting cards and gift books. The company currently offers 400 of her designs on cards, notes, and invitations as well as in three gift books (The Gift of an Angel, The Gift of a Memory, and Hooray for You!).

Robert J. Ringer originally self-published the New York Times bestselling books, Winning Through Intimidation and Looking Out for #1, and then sold rights to Fawcett.

In 1981, Lawrence G. Ritt self-published Innovations in Clinical Practice: A Source Book, which has gone on to become a series, now up to Volume 18. His company, Professional Resource Press (, has now published more than 120 titles.

While technically Celia Rivenbark's first nonfiction book, Bless Your Heart, Tramp, was published by the tiny non-profit Coastal Carolina Press (now defunct), it was essentially a self-published book. Her second book, We're Just like You Only Prettier, was published by St. Martin's Press (sold to them with the help of literary agent Jenny Bent of Trident Media Group). That book went on to become a SEBA bestseller (Southeastern Booksellers Association), a BookSense bestseller, and a Mid-South bestseller (Mid-South Booksellers Association). In addition, it won the SEBA award for nonfiction.

Vincent Roazzi and his daughter Daria Walsh self-published his book, The Spirituality of Success: Getting Rich with Integrity, in January, 2002. The book landed on a bestseller list within four months and went through three printings by fall. Check out their website at:

This recent accomplishment [DIY Award] is what prompted me to drop you this note to thank you for all the wisdom and insight that you have shared with us through your book, 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. You inspired us to go for it and helped us to make sense out of this crazy business. We're still just getting started, but because of you we're on the right track!

After commercial publishers rejected his book in the late 1880s, Henry Martyn Robert published it himself and sold more than 1.5 million copies of various editions of his Robert's Rules of Order.

Chris Roberts self-published Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: Reasons Behind the Rhyme, which featured the quirky stories behind popular nursery rhymes and placed them in the context of British history. With the help of an agent, he sold U.S rights to Gotham and U.K. rights to Granta.

Wess Roberts paid for and promoted four printings of his book, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, and sold more than 485,000 copies. After getting a strong endorsement for the book from H. Ross Perot, Roberts decided to approach New York publishers once again. As a result, Warner Books featured the book as their hardcover lead title for March, 1989, and the book went on to become a bestseller.

In 1997, Kim Robey self-published her novel, Behind Closed Doors. Within ten months, she had sold 10,000 copies and then sold the rights to Black Classics Press, which sold 30,000 more copies within a year.

Irma Rombauer used $3,000 from her husband's estate to self-publish The Joy of Cooking in 1931. Since then, this cookbook has sold millions of copies.

M.J. Rose self-published an erotic thriller called Lip Service. Within three months, it became's highest ranked self-published novel. In 1999, it became the first self-published novel acquired by the Literary Guild book club. A few weeks later, after a heated auction, the hardcover rights were bought by Simon & Schuster for its Pocket Books imprint.

Davy Rothbart, a contributor to National Public Radio's This American Life and creator of Found magazine, self-published a collection of short stories called The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. In 2004, he sold the rights to this collection, along with three new stories, to Touchstone.

Frederick Ruffner self-published the original edition of The Encyclopedia of Associations. This led to the establishment of Gale Research Company, which now has over 500 employees and is one of the largest reference book publishers.

Mary Jo Rulnick self-published two books before selling rights to the Frantic Woman's Guide to Life series to Warner Books.

In 1827, Freedom's Journal, the first black newspaper in the United States, was self-published in New York City by John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish. March 16th, the date of their first issue, is now celebrated as Black Press Day.

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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 Im continually adding new heroes to it. A great motivational and educational tool! June 2011. 237-page ebook download. $20.00.

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