I'm a sucker for stories about people who self-publish their books and somehow, against all odds, manage to find success. In today's New York Times, Motoko Rich writes about William P. Young, a former hotel night clerk who self-published his novel The Shack, and found it move from Christian bookstores to, well...
Just over a year after it was originally published as a paperback, The Shack had its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times trade paperback fiction best-seller list on June 8 and has stayed there ever since. It is No. 1 on Borders Group’s trade paperback fiction list, and at Barnes & Noble it has been No. 1 on the trade paperback list since the end of May, outselling even Mr. Tolle’s spiritual guide “A New Earth,” selected by Ms. Winfrey’s book club in January.
Its publisher, Windblown Media, a company that was formed expressly to publish The Shack in May of last year, estimates that the book has sold more than one million copies.
The article says that Young filed for bankruptcy and lost his house at auction a few years back, and that "with proceeds from book sales, he has been able to pay several bills."