Famous Self-Published Authors: Benjamin Franklin

Have you ever read The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin? The inventor and politician self-published this composition of advice and proverbs in 1758. The book shares his wisdom on personal finance as well as essays about his life. Since publication in 1758, the piece has been reprinted and translated countless times. Today, the book is read by students and financial professionals around the world. Many people believe that the words Benjamin Franklin self-published hundreds of years ago are still relevant to people today. In fact, many of today’s popular clichés are found in The Way to Wealth. Here are just a few you might recognize:

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
“There are no gains, without pains.”
“Time is money.”
“Get what you can, and what you get hold.”
The next time someone suggests that self-published books shouldn’t be taken seriously, quote a line from Benjamin Franklin’s book and ask if they have ever heard it. (Most likely, they have.) Then, tell them that the book self-published by one of the most famous men in America is still read and quoted over two hundred years later. Not only are his words still printed and read, but countless people still follow his financial advice everyday. Who knows which self-published books of today will have a similar impact in the years to come.
Wendy Stetina is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years experience in the printing and publishing industry. Wendy works as the Director of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; and together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction, or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Wendy Stetina can put you on the right path.

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