The pantheon of self-published authors

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While doing some research on the book biz, I stumbled across this amazing list of bestsellers that started out as self-published titles.

Here are just a few of the many surprising entries:

  • A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
  • The Beanie Baby Handbook, by Lee and Sue Fox
  • The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. (and his student E. B. White)
  • The Joy of Cooking, by Irma Rombauer
  • The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield.
  • The One-Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • What Color is Your Parachute, by Richard Nelson Bolles
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  1. This list is a good start. For a more thorough list of books that began as self-published tomes, check out Dan Poynter’s site, http://www.parapub.com. There is a complete list of books that one can download for free. There are scores of books that were originally self-published. And, in case you didn’t know it, Dan Poynter is the “dean of self-publishing.” He’s been successfully self-publishing for over 30 years.

    By Bill
      August 9, 2006 – 7:59 am   Permalink

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