Did you Know These Books Were Originally Self-Published?

Cause I didn’t.

Most people by now know the story of Fifty Shades and The Martian starting out as self-published works. And anyone who knows anything about publishing also knows about Hugh Howey. But there are a few more titles I’d not known about until just a few minutes ago.

Legally Blonde.

Uh, weren’t there like three movies in this series? And it was originally a self-published book? Did not know that.

Still Alice.

I actually think I may have known about this one. Maybe. But I definitely know Julianne Moore won ALL the awards for her performance in the movie adaptation.

Eragon.

I think this has something to do with a dragon, right? I just know from the bits and pieces of the movie I’ve seen. Two interesting facts about this one. The author was 19 when he became a NYT bestselling author with this title. And he started writing when he was just 15. Yikes.

Did you know these were originally self-published? Or do you know of any other popular books/authors who were?

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8 thoughts on “Did you Know These Books Were Originally Self-Published?

  1. I think Christopher Paolini is one of my all time favorite success stories. He and his parents traveled all over the country visiting schools and libraries until eventually a publisher heard of Eragon.😊

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  2. Eragon is definitely my all time favorite and Paolini’s success at such an age is really inspiring for me.

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  3. I knew about Eragon. I read it pretty early on after it was picked up for traditional publishing and watched an interview with Christopher Paolini.
    I’ve read Legally Blonde, but didn’t know it was self-published.
    I’ve never heard of Still Alice.

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