The honorable art of self-publishing

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Self-publishing | Comments Off on The honorable art of self-publishing

Once upon a time, authors wrote books and sent their manuscripts to publishers, who then either accepted or rejected them. Here are a few examples of rather famous, successful authors and their books, along with the number of times they were rejected by publishers:

  • Carrie, Stephen Kng (30)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfeld and Mark Victor Hansen (33)
  • Diary of Anne Frank (16)
  • Dr. Seuss books (15)
  • Dubliners, James Joyce (22)
  • Dune, Frank Herbert (23)
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (38)
  • Harry Potter book one, J. K. Rowling (9)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (18)
  • Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl (20)
  • M*A*S*H, Richard Hooker (17)
  • The Peter Principle, Laurence Peter (16)
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams (26)
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, (26)

About William Faulkner’s book, Sanctuary, one publisher wrote a rejection note that said, “Good God, I can’t publish this!”

Here are some examples of authors who opted to self-publish after multiple rejections and became very successful on their own: Deepak Chopra, Gertrude Stein, Zane Grey, Upton Sinclair, Carl Sandburg, Ezra Pound, Mark Twain, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen Crane, Bernard Shaw, Anais Nin, Thomas Paine, Virginia Wolff, e.e. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Alexandre Dumas, William E.B. DuBois, Beatrix Potter.

So rest assured. Self-publishing is an honorable thing to do. You are in good company.


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