Four Famous Self-Published Debuts

rtttgggv cxxzxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcSelf-publishing has its detractors, and not without reason. For every success story like Andy Weir’s The Martian ( 2011) (now a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) or Sergio De La Pava’s PEN Debut Fiction-winning debut, A Naked Singularity (2008) (a sprawling postmodern masterpiece that was picked up by The University of Chicago Press four years after De La Pava’s wife convinced him to self-publish), there are thousands of self-published authors who will languish forever in obscurity. On the other hand, most of the works being published today by major presses will eventually go on to languish forever in their own slightly more prestigious obscurity. Both great and terrible works of literature can (and do) come from anywhere, and there’s no way to know what’s still going to be read a hundred years from now. For proof, here are four famous self-published debuts from literary history. ’s famous collection is perhaps the best example on this list of the idea illustrated above. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson , in the 1840s and ‘50s Whitman wrote the first 95 pages of what would become an overstuffed oeuvre filled to the brim with rugged transcendentalist free verse. Not only did […]

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