A few years back the term ‘self publishing’ was used when referring to vanity publishers. For those who don’t know, vanity publishing is where you pay a company a sum of money to edit, format, create and produce a cover design for your book before they publish it for you.
Self publishing today is where authors themselves find a professional editor, cover designer and sometimes formatter for their book before publishing it themselves to Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and others.
- E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey
- Andy Weir’s The Martian
- Hugh Howey’s Wool
These are just a few of the authors who have achieved success with self-publishing.