Book Writing, Self Publishing, and Marketing Coach

Can You Be a Best Selling Self-Published Author?

You may think you need a New York publisher in order to be a successful author. But as a long time book coach, with many clients who self-published for business successfully, I can show you non-vanity publishers who have given great information to our world, gotten great word of mouth, and even made millions. So, be encouraged and start your education on self-publishing now.

Here’s 5 High Profit Self-Publishers

Please comment below to add to this list. I can edit this page to add your successful mention to this list of known successful self-publishers!

1. Think about “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Bolles.

The book came out in 1970, and now has 10 million copies in print. It still works for the recession job seeker today.

2. Remember Chicken Soup for the Soul series?

Mark V. Hansen is a real marketing machine and from his talent, the books sold more than 112 million copies.

3. Did you Read “The One-Minute Manager?”

In 1981, I bought this book by Kenneth Blanchard and many of his other books. I named a time and life management seminar I gave in San Diego after this book, called “The One-Minute Nurse.” Today he and Spencer Johnson, co-author, have sold 10 million copies.

4. Wayne Dyer Sold His “Your Erroneous Zone” from his Car Trunk.

5. Self-publisher Paul Young Declared Bankruptcy and Suffered from Devastating Family Deaths.

In 2005, to ease his pain, he started a novel and spiritual thriller, “The Shack,” while on the commuter train. Sales were 7.2 million copies. He wrote about what he knew (you know that advice) how he and his six kids lived with tragedy.

The compelling story evolved from his childhood scars including sexual abuse in New Guinea while with his missionary parents. Before he made $4 million from this book, he printed 15 copies at Office Depot early on. The revised book got passed on to a Christian podcast and Paul and two supporters networked the novel by email. Churches ordered “Windblown” a transformed title, in bulk at 88,000 copies; then 300,000 copies.

The idea is to not give up writing your story. Whether your book will brand your business, or share part of your life that will make people’s lives better, you need to start now.

  • Dianne

    Good points on self-publishing. Our attitude sets our limit, doesn't it?

  • JudyCullins

    HI Dianne. I'm late getting back to you. things are hopping here. What is your book title? Who do you write for? Sure would like you to join my site at
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  • Kathleen Buerer

    Dan Poyner helped me get started. His info. is great and I appreciate your follow up. Good reminders to keep going. I heard Paul Young speak in Asheville, NC. Wonderful man. Heart warming stories. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Judy Cullins

    Kathleen, DAn helped me get well known too. WE did some programs together. One on the "reluctant marketer" at my site at the products link. Incidentally, I wrote the sequel to his Self Publishing Manual call Write your eBook or Other Short Book Fast.

  • Judy Cullins

    Hi Dianne, just saw your post. Sorry to be tardy. I love self publishing and now ebooks too. 3 billion will made in just a few years by us! Isn't that great? What is your topic or title? Got a question?

  • Idelle

    There are so many self-publishing options today. I just went to a Writers' Digest conference and there were tables for bookbaby, Abbott Press, Pubslush, and many others. How does one decide? I don't want to invest and then lose a lot of money for all my hard work . Right now I am working on a query letter for an agent I met at the conference, but it is hard to get motivated to write it when I know, save for a miracle, my book will be turned down. I'm not trying to be a pessimist, just a realist.

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