Do you want to publish your own books? All you need is an idea, a computer, and the will to put in the time and learn how.
Do you have a story to tell? Perhaps you have important information you'd like to share. Or maybe you've already written a terrific book. You don't have to convince someone to publish you. You can do it yourself. And get your words read.
Peter Rabbit. In Search of Excellence. Joy of Cooking. Remembrance of Things Past. Leaves of Grass. Roberts' Rules of Order. What Color Is Your Parachute.
What do these classic books have in common? They all started out self-published.
Stephen King. John LeCarre. Ursula K. LeGuin. J.K. Rowling. Tony Hillerman. Marcel Proust. Judy Blume. Margaret Mitchell.
What do all these famous authors have in common? They were all rejected. The short-sighted publishing industry couldn't see how amazing their books were, and didn't want to print them.
Who knows how many wonderful works of literature will be forever lost to the world, by authors who never found a publisher to finally say "yes" – just because they lived before the days of easy, cheap self-publishing?
A self-published millionaire
Here's another name: Amanda Hocking. She became a millionaire publishing her own novels.
She sold so many 99-cent e-books at Amazon's Kindle Store that major publishing companies fought a fierce seven-figure bidding war to get her under contract with one of them. These are the same guys who slammed the door on her a couple of years ago!
Why publish your own books?
There are plenty of good reasons to publish your own books.
Maybe you've sent your manuscript to dozens of publishers only to be rejected, just because you don't have an fancy agent or a famous name.
Maybe you have written a great novel, or even a great series of novels, that you know is as good and professional as anything on the current best-seller lists.
Maybe you have important information you want to get across, and you don't want to spend the next 10 years of your life just trying to persuade a big company that people will be happy to read it -- if they only have the chance.
Maybe you have a website or blog with visitors who would benefit from an e-book you could offer.
Maybe you want to make a bundle selling books. Why not? Nothing wrong with making an honest buck. Who says a big publishing house has to get richer before you can profit from your own work?