What do Walt Whitman and the authors of Chicken Soup For The Soul have in common? Not much, you say? Well, okay, maybe not all that much. But there’s this: They were both self-published.
Plenty of authors have brought out their own work, sometimes because they couldn’t find a traditional publisher, sometimes for one reason or another they just wanted to go it on their own. Here are just a few examples of authors you might be surprised to know published their own work at least once in their careers:
E. E. Cummings
Edgar Allan Henry David Thoreau
Poe (and take heart that his first efforts weren’t all that great)
So there is no reason to feel second-rate if you are a DIY author. Check out the thread on Absolute Write for more examples and discussion.