Independently Published

I never refer to self-publishing because it will create many ill effects for an author. It should be “Independently Published”. Yet when I looked up Independently Published, Wikipedia offered this information, which I thought was not only helpful, but an impressive list of well known authors.


Self-published best-sellers

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Self-published works that find large audiences are extremely rare, and are usually the result of self-promotion. However, many works now considered classic were originally self-published, including the original writings of William BlakeVirginia WoolfWalt WhitmanWilliam Morris, and James Joyce.

Title Author Notes
What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles, Richard Nelson
Chicken Soup for the Soul Canfield, Jack and Hansen, Mark Victor
Golden Handcuffs Courtney, Polly [11]



The Christmas Box Evans, Richard Paul
Spartacus Fast, Howard During the McCarthy era when he was rejected by previous large scale publishers
Invisible Life Harris, E. Lynn
Eragon Paolini, Christopher [12] (The book was later published by Knopf)
In Search of Excellence Peters, Tom
Elfquest Pini, Wendy and Richard [13]
The Celestine Prophecy Redfield, James
Contest Reilly, Matthew
The Joy of Cooking Rombauer, Irma S.
No Time for Work Ryan, George [14]
A Choice, Not An Echo Schlafly, Phyllis [15]
Shadowmancer Taylor, G. P. Later published by Faber & Faber
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Tufte, Edward
Poems in Prose Wilde, Oscar

Other well-known self-publishers include: Stephen CraneE. E. CummingsDeepak ChopraBenjamin FranklinZane GreyPat Ingoldsby,Rudyard KiplingD. H. LawrenceThomas PaineEdgar Allan PoeEzra PoundCarl SandburgGeorge Bernard ShawUpton Sinclair,Gertrude SteinHenry David ThoreauWalt Whitman and Mark Twain.