Success Story

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Self-Publishing Success Story: Kristen Ashley

Kristen AshleyBorn in Gary, Indiana, Kristen Ashley is one of the hottest names in self-publishing in recent years. An overnight sensation, Kristen Ashley is primarily a romance author whose powerful, indulgent, and altogether fun reads have cultivated a huge following, and is a hard-working head of her own business who still manages to publish several books a year.…

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Self-Publishing Success Story: David Chilton

David ChiltonDavid Chilton is a Canadian author who began as an investor. He now runs his own publishing company, as well as a financial planning business, and for a time was part of CBC’s Dragon’s Den as one of the titular “Dragons.”

What books has he written?

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Self-Publishing Success Story: H.M. Ward

H.M. WardDominating the emerging female-written new-adult genre, H. M. Ward is the best-selling author of The Ferro Family saga – notably the Damaged series, as well as The Arrangement series, The Proposition series, and The Wedding Contract. Her books have quickly taken the market by storm, accruing a strong readership and a devoted fanbase that have even gone as far as to begin a campaign for a film adaptation of her Ferro Family titles without provocation by the author herself (although greatly supported by her through interaction and exposure on social media and personal website).…

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Self-Publishing Success Story: Amanda Hocking

Amanda HockingAmanda Hocking, author of Young Adult paranormal romance fiction, gained great attention with her debut in 2010 with the My Blood Approves trilogy, and later smash-hit success with the Trylle trilogy the same year, which reached over 1.5 million sales before signing with St.…

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Self-Publishing Success Story: Lisa Genova

Lisa GenovaLisa Genova is a trained neuroscientist whose debut novel, Still Alice, is about a woman with an early onset form of Alzheimer’s, who has to learn to cope with the way her life is changing. Genova self-published her book in 2007 with iUniverse, and it was picked up by Simon & Schuster in 2009, and published by Pocket Books.…

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Self-Publishing Success Story: Hugh Howey

Hugh HoweyHugh Howey, an American writer, started out his career writing as a side-project to his day-job as a computer technician, as well as a yacht captain.

What books has he written?
His smash-hit series follows a range of characters in an uncertain future, living underground in silos because the outside world is toxic.…

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Self-Publishing Success Story: E.L. James

E.L. JamesArguably the most well-known self-publishing successes, E.L. James50 Shade of Grey trilogy started out as an erotic fan-fiction of the Twilight series. She posted it on fan-fiction sites while under the name “Snowqueen’s Icedragon” and her own website, and later developed it into an original trilogy.…

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Self-Publishing Success Story: Barbara Freethy

Barbara FreethyBarbara Freethy is the author of such romantic novels as the Callaways series (On a Night Like This, So This Is Love) and the Wish series (A Secret Wish, Just a Wish Away, When Wishes Collide).…

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