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5 People Who Have Self-Published and Become Famous


RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – – In some circles, self-publishing gets a bad rap. But that’s often because people are not aware of all the success the self-publishing route has brought to many of its authors. From everyday people who go on to sell thousands of books per year, to ones who become household names, self-publishing or open publishing has put many authors on the proverbial map.

“Where or how a book is published is not what people are focused on, they just want a good read,” explains Bob Young, the chief executive officer of Lulu (, an open publishing company. “And we help give thousands of authors the tools to bring people just that.”

Throughout history, plenty of self-published book authors have become famous. Even when it comes to music, many famous musicians produced their music before they were ever discovered, such as Kid Rock, who was selling albums out of the trunk of his car when he first got started.

Here are 5 famous authors who took the self-publishing route:

· Benjamin Franklin

· Edgar Allen Poe

· Virginia Woolf

· Mark Twain

· Jack Canfield

In addition, Lulu authors have gotten onto the Oprah show. Their roster of open published authors also includes celebrities, such as Harland Williams, Tamra Davis, and Greg Prato. If you ask any of them about their choice to open publish their works, they explain they did it because they have more control and freedom over their content, and can develop better relationships with their readers.

“We provide the tools to publish, but the creativity and dream is all theirs,” adds Young. “It is wonderful how the publishing world has leveled the playing field and enabled so many talented authors to get their work out there.”

Lulu’s open publishing format offers book and eBook publishing services. Authors can publish everything from print and eBooks to cookbooks to calendars. The service is provided free, and authors retain all rights, as well as a portion of all profits from sales. To learn more about using Lulu’s publishing tools, log onto


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