1. Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James
Fifty Shades trilogy has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. The publication of the book started on the author’s website as she started out writing fan fiction stories. Fifty Shades of Grey was self-published through a small Australian company, which released it on eBook and print-on demand. Her passionate fan base had driven the book to extreme levels of popularity.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
By the end of its first year in publication, Gone Girl had sold over two million copies in print and digital editions. This self-published book has become the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list for eight weeks. Further, it was also twenty-six weeks on National Public Radio’s hardcover fiction bestseller list.
3. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
This self-published book has sold over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, making the author a widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.
4. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova. This self-published book spent over 40 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, sold over a million copies in print, chosen as one of 30 titles for World Book Night 2013, and has been translated into over 25 languages.
5. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
The Christmas Box is an American fiction and was self-published in 1993. It became the first book to simultaneously reach the No.1 position on the New York Times bestseller list for both the paperback and hardcover editions. That same year, the book was made into a television movie.
6. Invisible Life by Harris E. Lynn
Just a few years ago, E. Lynn Harris was selling his self-published novel Invisible Life out of the back of his car. Today, he is a bestselling publishing sensation, having more than one million copies for the book. Invisible Life has been hailed as “one of the most thought-provoking books and is adapted into motion picture screen jointly produced by Edmonds Entertainment and Proteus E2 productions.
7. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
With almost a half-million copies sold in the U.S. in six weeks, foreign rights sold in 26 territories, and twelve weeks and counting on national bestseller lists, Bared to You is one of the fastest selling books in the country. The novel was initially self-published on April 3, 2012 by Day. The book is a 2012 New York Times best-selling erotic new adult romance novel.
8. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
The Mill River Recluse, a self-published fiction book has become a word-of-mouth e-book sensation. With nearly 700,000 copies sold, the book appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for 30 weeks and became a heartwarming favorite of readers across the country.
9. Wool Series by Hugh Howey
Wool Series has sold half a million copies. It is #1 Bestseller on Amazon and Winner of Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 Award.
10. The Wedding Gift by Marlen S. Bodden
As a self-published book, The Wedding Gift sold over 140,000 e-books. This novel started out as a self-published e-book but when it made its way to the top of the Amazon bestseller list, this top-selling self-published author won an international book deal.
Successful self-published authors have their own secrets on how they are able to reach the peak of self-publishing triumph. For some, they use their intellect and creativity in making decisions while they pursue the path of becoming their own publishers of their work. For some, focus is always the greatest starting ground. Consequences of your decisions differ based on your reasons as to why you self-publish. It is a matter of time, effort, and good decision-making. So, decide what seems so suitable to your publishing and book marketing needs and get that recognition that these authors have reached.