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Era of Self-publishing

Updated on September 24, 2013

Self Publishing era

We live in the era of self-publishing. Many unknown writers have become famous through self-publishing their books. Ebook is a booming business now. In this digital age it is easy to become a published author for anyone, and reaching your audience. Everyday we read news about how self-published authors have become successful. In today's world no need to wait for a response from the traditional publishers indefinitely, after submitting your manuscript to several of them. An aspiring author can publish his or her own stories without anyone's assistance, and make it available all over the globe, easily and comfortably, sitting in their own home.


Self-publishing Costs

Those who have some patience to learn and time to spend on learning self-publishing is not at all expensive. They can do it on their own. Those who want help in self-publishing there are several companies and individuals providing the required help, for a fee, and such services can be utilized. Just by selling few copies of your book you can recover the cost. Those who want to publish more books it is worth the time learning the technique by reading the self-publishing guide. Smashwords provides a free guide explaining each step clearly. In the same way amazon too gives proper guidance on their site. If you follow these instructions self-publishing cost is zero.

Some successful names in self-publishing

It is a known fact that publishing industry has changed drastically since the introduction of eReaders. These are some of the people I came to know through my search who have become successful in choosing the self-publishing route. If you know more people please feel free to add their names in the comments, so that the information will be helpful to others, who are eagerly waiting to embrace this method.

J.A Konrath, 41, has published with traditional publishers and then also tried with self-publishing, and he is now a best-selling writer of self-published e-books. His website

John Locke from Kentucky, became the first first self-published author to sell 1m Kindle ebooks. His website

Darcie Chan, 37, an attorney from USA, became a famous self-published author with her debut novel The Mill River Recluse, after being rejected by more than 100 literary agents..Her website

Amanda Hocking, 27, a young girl from USA, unable to find a publisher started self-publishing her young-adult paranormal romances in 2010 and in a short time became one of the several self-published e-book superstars. In last June she signed a $2 million contract with St. Martin's Press, in early 2012 her book hit the stores both in print and ebook version. Her website

C.J. Lyons, 47, published nine self-published books, after publishing several medical suspense thrillers with traditional publishers. He is a pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling author of Thrillers with Heart. His website

Catherine Ryan Howard, after contacting nine agents, self-published her book, Mousetrapped, which sold 11,000 copies.

Kerry Wilkinson, 31, a sport journalist from Penwortham, self-published his book Locked In, with amazon and became a top seller, which brought him success by signing a deal with Pan Macmillan for his next three crime novels and the print and e-book rights to his first three books. His website

Ruth Ann Nordin is a successful self-publisher of romance novels through ebooks. Her website

Monica Carter Tagore, self published her book Scandalous Truth and later landed a book deal. Tagore has sold thousands of books and earned back her book deal advance and royalties.

HP Mallory, self-published author, signed a three-book contract with traditional publisher Random House..

Stephen Leathe, a published author from UK, became more popular by self-publishing his three novellas which has topped the's eBook sales charts.

My first ebook on amazon
My first ebook on amazon | Source

I too tried my hand in self-publishing through ebooks. First I tried with smashwords and then also with In smashwords it takes sometime to get approved, but it is worth the wait. They will distribute it to many other ebook stores. In amazon you can get it approved in 24 hours. In both the places detailed instructions are given. Your duty is just to follow the formatting rules carefully and submit to them. In both these places, the service is absolutely free. In case you are unable to follow their instructions no need to worry. You can find people who will do this service for you on a payment. I have also digitally published some of my books for the children with amazon and smashwords.

Important factors to become a successful writer

Today writers have the facility to format their book and self-publish any number of ebooks and connect with their readers all over the world. People can read their books through their favorite readers for a cheap rate. Amazon and smashwords are the leading platforms where they can fulfill their dreams by self-publishing their ebooks. These books are changing the way the authors get connected with the readers.

Talent, hard work and self-promotion are the three important factors needed to become a successful self-published writer. Of course, luck too has a great role to play.

Kindle, Sony eReader, Apple's iPad and Kobo, Barnes & Noble's Nook are some of the popular e-readers.

Self-publishing companies

Some of the self-publishing companies - (print on demand)

Amazon's Createspace



Instant Publisher



Pothi (an Indian site)

For self-publishing ebooks

Video of kindle publishing


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      6 years ago

      Self Publishing is a great way to become a success and famous

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      jambo87, I do understand your points. Those who have patience to send out many manuscripts to the many traditional publishers (most of them accept only by post, and not by email) and can wait to hear from them it is alright, since once your work is accepted no more headache. But from my experience, I feel that when we can get the services of professional editors for a fee taking things in our hand should not be a problem.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the list of self-published authors. I have been weighing the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing, and I will have to check out these authors to inform my opinion.

      Although I love the democracy behind self-publishing, I am still on the publishing houses' team. The quality of editing and proofreading an author receives from a House is just better.

      I do not intend to demean the self-published author or the freelance editor's work. But it's only natural that a business established to edit and publish books has more resources to apply to the job.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Sheila for your wonderful comment. Wish you all the best in publishing your novel. I'm sure you will do very well with it.

    • sheilanewton profile image


      7 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Thank you lex123 - nice to catch up with once more. I seem to have neglected you lately - haven't seen you on RG and I'm VERY lax about visiting HUB Pages. Sorry!

      Anyway - this is really helpful for me. it won't be long before I'm ready to publish on Amazon. I'm all set and raring to go - just need to complete and edit that damn Novel!!!

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for your visit and comment. As far as I know the other Self-publishing companies in India are - Cinnamon Teal, power-publishers and bibliofili. I don't have personal experience with them, so I can't tell anything more about them.

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      Rajneesh Chaturvedi 

      7 years ago from India

      Thanks for publishing such an informative article lex123. Please also let me know apart from, which are the other websites approving Indian authors.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Ruchira for letting me know you found it interesting. You can publish kid's book that requires illustrations with smashwords, provided you follow the style guide properly. I haven't published a kid's book with illustrations, but I have seen others' books there with illustrations.

    • Ruchira profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks lex123for this informative hub.

      Question...does smash word help in publishing a kid book which requires illustrations?

      Voted up as interesting.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I'm glad to know that you found it useful. I wanted the aspiring authors to learn more about this method, and hence I provided those resources. Thanks How to- Answers, for reading and commenting the hub.

    • How to - Answers profile image

      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Very encouraging to read so many success stories of writers publishing and selling their ebooks. The resources you have given too are very helpful, thanks.

      Thanks for SHARING. Up and useful.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I'm not an expert to advise what to self-publish, but I think a 10 chapter ebook with that many words with detailed answers, in your own unique style, will be more helpful. Primary questions and answers will be freely available on the net. So I feel that there may not be much buyers for such a book.

      You can publish on both smashwords and amazon. But if you're participating in amazon's kdp programme that book should not be digitally available anywhere else. The book I have enrolled in their kdp programme is not available in smashwords. All other books are available on both places.

      Hope Jberretta, you will be able to publish your own first book soon.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks christollesseb for appreciating and voting the hub. Whatever sources I could gather I provided, so that others too can get benefited. Namaste.

    • christollesseb profile image


      7 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Very useful and informative hub. Thanks for sharing so many valuable sources and guides to get started with self publishing. Voted, useful, interesting and up! Namaste, Christo.

    • jberretta7 profile image


      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Would you suggest, on guide writing, writing a 10 chapter ebook with 8000-10000 words answering primary questions or would you suggest less detailed answers with more questions? I'm on the fence about my book I'm working on and I think I'm leaning more towards the first choice. Also, can you publish on amazon AND smashwords? Great article by the way, I keep reading these to keep my momentum going on publishing my first book!

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks internetgeek for stopping by and also for leaving an encouraging comment. Thanks also for voting up.

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      Nizam Khan 

      7 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      Interesting Hub. Yes, self publishing is a great way to explore our ideas and it has become one of the best ways to interact with the audiences.

      Thanks and voted up :)


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