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Self-Publishing Hall of Fame
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 I’m continually adding new heroes to it. June, 2011. 237-page ebook download. $20.00.


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Dr. Herbert Tarnover began The Scarsdale Diet book as a single-page mimeographed sheet of diet instructions for his patients. One of those patients was a publisher who bought the rights and hired a professional writer to expand that one page to book length. That published book became a bestseller.

Albert Taylor self-published Soul Traveler, a guide to out-of-body experiences, in 1996. His publicity efforts sold many books, but also got major publishers interested in the rights. Dutton ended up paying “big bucks” for the rights.

In 2002, British vicar Graham Taylor self-published his young adult novel Shadowmancer, a tale of Christianity and black magic set in the 17th century. The book went on to sell well in Waterstone's. Faber & Faber then published the book in paperback in the United Kingdom and sold 20,000 copies within a month. In the fall of 2003, Penguin Putnam bought US rights for $500,000.

English poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, author of In Memorium and “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” paid for the publication of his first book.

The first edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac was published by Robert B. Thomas in 1792. He sold 3,000 copies of that first edition and 9,000 copies of the second edition. The almanac continues to thrive and now sells millions of copies every year.

In 2003, elementary school principal Salome Thomas-El sold 30,000 copies of his hardcover book, I Choose to Stay. As he noted, “I have used many of your tips from 1001 Ways to Market Your Books and website to sell 20,000 copies of I Choose to Stay in two months. Thank you so much for all of your help!!!!!!” His website: http://www.ichoosetostay.com.

Wendy Thompson self-published her Back to Life novel via POD with Infinity Publishing as a way of getting the attention of a few major publishers. One of them bit. Her novel was published by Kensington Books in the fall of 2004.

Henry David Thoreau originally self-published Walden on August 9, 1854. The book has become an American classic that sells many thousands of copies every year.

Delores Thornton, author, publisher, columnist, book reviewer, and talk radio host, “started my company, Marguerite Press in 1996 to promote my self-published book, Ida Mae. In 2003, I offered services to other authors (www.margueritepresspromo.com), where I promote them as I travel and publicize my works. I published my second work, Babe, in 2000 and my third, Anybody Seen Junebug?, in 2003.”

In 2002, Rosemary Thornton wrote and self-published a book about
Sears homes, The Houses That Sears Built.

Greeting card designer Nancy Tillman self-published her children's book On the Night You Were Born and sold 35,000 copies through the gift market. She then sold the rights to republish the book with Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. Her book has now sold more than 400,000 copies.

Russian count and novelist Leo Tolstoi paid 4,500 rubles for the first printing of his major novel, War and Peace, which is considered by some as one of the greatest novels of world literature. His other major novel was Anna Karenina.

Sylvia Tomlinson began Redbud Publishing to self-pubish her first two books on goat ranching and chicken plucking. Since then, she has graduated to publishing titles by other authors, including The Ice Box Murders by Hugh and Martha Gardenier.

Jim Trelease expanded his self-published The Read-Aloud Handbook, which then became a bestseller when published by Penguin in 1982.

Scientific visionary Edward Tufte has self-published many of his bestselling books through his own company, Graphics Press. He also conducts many seminars on presenting data and information. His work has been acclaimed for its revolutionary views by major media.

Mark Twain paid for the publication of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when he got tired of the foolishness of his previous publishers. He then invested the money earned from the sale of that book to help develop one of the first working typewriters.

In 1992, 22-year-old Omar Tyree formed MARS Productions to self-publish his first novel, Colored, on White Campus. In 1995, he signed a two-book, six-figure deal with Simon & Schuster.

Patricia Tyrrell self-published her novel, The Reckoning, a meditation on the theme of nature versus nurture, narrated by a 15-year-old girl who was abducted from a campsite as an infant and raised by a homeless drifter. Shortlisted for the Encore Prize, the book and a second book were picked up at auction by Weidenfeld & Nicolson for UK rights.

Asha Tyson self-published and got national media attention for her book on How I Retired at 26. She had to reprint eight times in seven months. In the fall of 2002, her book hit the Essense Bestseller List. She follows the rule of 10 (John Kremer's rule of 5 doubled), since she figured she had to work twice as hard to be successful.

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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. 237-page ebook download. $20.00.


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