If you think you would be all along out there with your self-published book, let me reassure you that you will be in excellent company. Here are a few books that have been self published.
Remembrance of things Past, by Marcel Proust
Ulysses, by James Joyce
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
The Wealthy Barber, by David Chilton
The Bridges of Madison County
What Color is Your Parachute
In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
The Joy of Cooking
When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
Life’s Little Instruction Book
Robert’s Rules of Order
Other famous authors who were self-published are:
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Allen Poe
Henry David Thoreau
William E.B. DuBois
And in case you are really upset over being rejected by a publisher, let me list these books: Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth - rejected 14 times
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead - rejected 12 times
Patrick Dennis- Auntie Mame - 15 times
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull - 20 times
Joseph Heller - Catch-22 – 22 times (!)
Mary Higgins Clark - first short story - 40 times
Alex Haley - before Roots - 200 rejections
Robert Persig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - 121 times
John Grisham - A Time to Kill - 15 publishers and 30 agents (he ended up publishing it himself)
Chicken Soup for the Soul - 33 times
Dr. Seuss - 24 times
Louis L'Amour - 200 rejections
Jack London - 600 before his first story
John Creasy - 774 rejections before selling his first story. He went on to write 564 books, using fourteen names. He wrote Man On Fire, later made into a movie.
Jerzy Kosinski - 13 agents and 14 publishers rejected his best-selling novel when he submitted it under a different name, including Random House, which had originally published it.
During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville's timeless classic, Moby Dick, sold only 3,715 copies.
Also rejected by publishers: Diary of Anne Frank