I had an inner-nudge to Google “richest self-published authors.” You know, just to get some inspiration. I was reading through an article that came up.
It was mostly talking about self-published authors who were super successful self-publishing their books and then went on to sign a book deal with a traditional publisher. It also talked about several who continued to self-publish, even after their success.
And then I saw something that caused me to instantly burst into tears.
Tears of joy. Tears of appreciation and gratitude for what I was seeing. Tears of releasing long-held limiting beliefs around what’s possible for a self-published author.
Self-published novelist, H. M. Ward, has had 21 BOOKS land on The NY Times Bestseller List!!!!!
It’s a widely regarded belief in the writing world that if you self-publish, you can kiss The NY Times Bestseller list goodbye. ‘Cause they only list traditional books.
Well, I guess that’s NOT actually true!!
I guess The NY Times DOES and HAS included self-published books. Because H. M. Ward is self-published, and she has been on there. Twenty-one times.
This just sealed the deal for me on self-publishing and committing fully to this way of getting my art, my books out into the world.
Truth is, I always knew I would self-publish. From the day I first received a postcard about self-publishing in the mail, back in 1996 when self-publishing was barely known and a super expensive option.
I remember seeing that postcard and thinking—Yep. One day I will self-publish.
And in 2010, I did just that.
I did it again in 2012. Again in 2014. And then 7 more times in 2016. And many, many times since then.
But all the while, I had sorta made peace with the fact that I may never get to see one of my books on The NY Times list. That it may not ever be in the cards for me on this path.
And I was cool with that.
After all, The NY Times list isn’t the be-all-end-all. There are plenty of super successful and well-written books that never appeared on it.
But today, those old limiting beliefs have been shattered.
This is such a win for self-published authors everywhere, especially the ones who always believed The NY Times list wasn’t possible.
You really can create whatever outcomes you dream of and desire for your life, your business and your creative career. No matter how impossible they may seem. No matter how far-fetched.
No matter how pipe dream you’ve always thought it was.
All things are possible when you believe.
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