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Self-Publishing Success Story: David Chilton

David Chilton

David 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? His debut title, The Wealthy Barber, was a Canadian best-seller that acted as an ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: H.M. Ward

H.M. Ward

Dominating 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 ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking

Amanda 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. Martin’s Press in 2012. Hocking has continued to write both series along with The Hollows, Watersong, ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova

Lisa 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. It ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey

Hugh 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. The original series is broken up into ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: E.L. James

EL James

Arguably the most well-known self-publishing successes, E.L. James’ 50 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. She then self-published the first book as an e-book and print-on-demand paperback through ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: Barbara Freethy

Barbara Freethy

Barbara 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). Initially, her career flourished in a traditional publishing format, but in 2011, recognizing the potential for new development in electronic publishing, she began self-publishing ... Read More »

Self-Publishing Success Story: Michael Bunker

Michael Bunker

Michael Bunker describes himself as an “accidental Amish Sci-Fi writer.” His latest book, Pennsylvania Omnibus went to #10 earlier this month on Amazon’s bestseller chart. Engrossed in all things self-published, with “The Bunker Plan”, his own strategy for launching a book in place, Bunker’s website is one of the most inclusive and inspiring blogs out there for writers. His fans ... Read More »