Just get it down on paper, and then we will see what to do with it,” said Maxwell Perkins, the revered editor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. If this sage piece of advice worked for them, it can work for you.
On October 7, 1971, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was walking along 90th Street on New York’s Upper East Side when a taxi driver who recognized her honked his horn. She turned and gave a faint smile. And that was when paparazzo Ron Galella, hiding in the backseat of that same cab, snapped what would become one of the most famous portraits of the former first lady: Windblown Jackie.
Among self-published authors’ major advantages over published big-names is often a more personal connection with readers. Whether exchanging comments on Twitter, posting updates to their blog, or taking other steps, these writers tend to ingratiate themselves with readers in a more direct way than a formal marketing blitz it likely to accomplish.
Booksellers, publishers, and agents are encouraged to take a look at the following listings of self-published books from authors either waiting to be discovered or with a track record and a following who are doing it on their own.