With the rise of successful self-publishing, it will definitely be worth checking out Dan Worsley & Karen Charlton’s discussion ‘How to make the grade in self-publishing’. In honour of their amazing self published work, we’re made a list of some of our favourite self-published authors…
In addition to his usual job, Hugh started writing ebooks and publishing them online. He charged $0.99 for his first novella, Wool, and watched it shoot to the top of ebook best seller list. Wool began to eclipse all of Hugh’s other work, selling 1000 digital copies in the first month. Due to the success of the first novella, Hugh decided to continue the series which received similar success in the charts.
After this numerous published approached Hugh to publish a Wool Omnibus and he eventually struck a deal with Simon & Schuster.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Lisa Genova found herself in a sticky situation in 2007, she had a completed novel and no interested literary agent. She’s already left her job in neuroscience in pursuit of a literary career and was eager to get her book published and on the shelves. She decided to take the plunge and self publish, developed her own website and began promoting her work on Goodreads and Myspace. A Boston Globe newspaper writer soon picked up her book and wrote an impressive review in the paper.
Since taking a publishing deal with Simon and Schuster, Still Alice has topped the New York Bestseller list and become a major motion picture.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
We think you may have heard of our next self published author, Beatrix Potter. Back in 1901, a 35 year old writer and illustrator was eager to tell the story of one very naughty rabbit, Peter. Fed up of rejection, Beatrix printed 250 copies of her first book and within a year, it was picked up by a publishing company that had initially rejected it.
With over 45 million copies sold worldwide in numerous languages, Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter are now household names and our biggest self publishing sensation.
This year we’ve introduced a Wordpool Festival Pass which guarantees you entry into all of the Wordpool events across the four days.
Tickets for non members are £16 and only £12 for library members.
To guarantee a place at these events book your tickets through Eventbrite or pop into any Blackpool Library.
Remember, if you are a library member, you can get your ticket at a discounted price- to join simply pop into your local library and fill out a form. We’ll get you joined up there and then!
Like the look of this event? Have a look what else is happening at this year’s Wordpool Festival…