Breaking into the world of literature as a budding author has always been a struggle. Following tiresome years writing a book, authors have to face possible rejection from publishers, essentially rendering their writing years a waste. In light of this fear, many authors take up a suitable alternative: self-publishing.
The stigma self-publishing once had is gradually being shaken off. Truth is self-publishing has actually produced some low-quality literature due to the fact that any caliber of writing can be published. Aiming to overcome this issue and support independent writers,Â BubokÂ have emerged. Offering a range or services, such as editing, designing covers, promotional support and others, it seeks to race awareness that self-publishing can actually bring you success.
Here’s a Few Names That Self-Published And Received Recognition:
1. Beatrix Potter, “Peter Rabbit”
The tale we all know and love had a troublesome start to its eventual illustrious career. Following countless rejections from a number of publishing houses, Potter took the wheel into her own hands and began embarking on self-publication. She ordered 250 copes and within the year had sold more than 20,000. Ironically, it led her to F. Warne & Co, a publishing house which previously rejected her work.
2. Michael J. Sullivan, “Riyria Revelation” (series)
After 13 novels and more than a hundred rejections from numerous publishing houses, Sullivan decided to delve head first into the world of self- publishing. His sales for his new series “Riyria Revelation” quickly draw the attention of mainstream publishers, who showered him with offers.
3. E. L James, “Fifty Shades of Grey”
James released the trilogy known in its early stages as the “Master of the Universe”. At first the author posted this story on a Twilight fan fiction website under the name â€śSnowqueenâ€™s Icedragon”. When the fiction started to exceed 37,000 reader reviews and receive comments, James showed her work to a publisher. The book became a frenzy, and soon James was receiving requests from Hollywood to turn it into a film. It should be mentioned thatÂ in the initial process, James gave her work away for free â€” and thatâ€™s something all writers are advised to do in the beginning. The goal, in the early stages, is to build a following.
4. Carl-Johan ForssĂ©n Ehrlin, “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep”
A Swedish author self-published a book he hoped would help his children fall asleep. As a behavioral scientist, he incorporated some positive reinforcement techniques to encourage children to nod off. The book was a huge success, being the first self-published book to top Amazonâ€™s charts in the UK and USA. Following this huge success, the book was jointly acquired by Penguin Random House UK and Random House US childrenâ€™s departments.
5. Lisa Geova, “Still Alice”
Soon after Geova self-publishing her novel, it was taken and reissued by Simon & Schuster. Consequently, the book was translated into 20 languages, gaining an established position on the New York Times bestsellers list. Also, it was transformed into an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore.
6. Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”
A self-published children’s book, which raised over $1 million from over 20,000 backers through its Kickstarter and Indiegogo InDemand book-ordering campaign. It sought to raise sales of children’s books which feature a female protagonist. This book contains numerous stories of various influential female figures.
7. Irma Rombauer, “The Joy of Cooking”
Rombauer spent her life-savings on self-publishing and releasing a cook book. Five years later the book was picked up by Bobbs-Merrill Company and sold over 18 million copies.
Written by Isabel Shaw