Writing a novel is only half the battle. Getting a publisher to give you the opportunity you think you deserve is more difficult than expected. 

However, the numerous self-published authors today, prove that writers do not have to conform to the unchanging ways traditional publishing. In fact, some of the top earning authors in the world today are self-published authors. This grave demand for ebooks signifies a thirst for new blood in a literary arena. An arena untamed by the restrictions that have kept the publishing field tethered for so long.



As a result of the advent of the digital age, the traditional publishing arena continues to struggle financially.  Meanwhile, self-publishing is taking advantage of the proliferation of information technology today. The goal to bring to the world the sort of literary material traditional publishers have been ignoring for decades.  

Who are the top-earning self-published authors of 2015? Is your favorite on the list? You’re about to find out…ChatEbooks lists down some of the more prominent self-published authors that earned the most sales in 2015.

E.L James

E.L James is one of the biggest names in the entire publishing industry today. However, a surprising number of readers would dispute the rationale behind her fame and fortune.

James is the author of the controversial and highly-successful “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. A series that started out as Twilight fan fiction and which have attracted as much intrigue as they have hate. The books were initially posted on various fan fiction sites as well as her own website. The stories were eventually developed into an erotic trilogy that James self-published, creating the global sensation that it is now.

Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey’s dystopian sci-fi series “Wool” rocketed Howey’s name in the Amazon Bestseller List. “Wool” spent two weeks in the New York Times Ebook Fiction Bestseller List. It also received the Kindle Book Review’s 2012 Best Indie Book Award in the Sci-Fi/.Fantasy category. Howey has turned down some rather hefty sums from traditional publishers. This, in favor of maintaining his self-publishing approach with the aim of retaining the rights to his novels.

Amanda Hocking

Hocking became a household name through the vampire romance series “My Blood Approves.” Add to that the “Trylle Trilogy,” a girl’s journey towards self-discovery in an urban fantasy setting. These books made her one of the first highly-successful self-published authors in the Paranormal/Young Adult fiction genre. She has complemented her success online by signing a very lucrative deal with St. Martin’s Press, a conventional publishing company. All her previously self-published books in the “Trylle Trilogy” were also sold to St. Martin’s.

H.M Ward

Ward is one of the biggest names in New Adult Contemporary Romance at the moment. The author of the “Ferro Family Saga” has written many bestselling novels over the years. Her efforts to resist offers from traditional publishers have not diminished her success as one of the promising self-published authors. Ward has made it her mission to help indie authors and that includes launching her publishing company, HM Ward Press.


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Self-Published Authors Who Topped the Highest-Earnings Charts
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