In observation of Columbus Day, a day that hallmarks discoveries and is rooted in how we receive and share information, we honor discoveries in literature.
Before the bronze age or the first fountain pen or pencil, or before the Gutenberg Bible marking the age of the printed book, and even before writings, drawings and paintings began appearing on the ground and cave walls, the need to communicate and receive information was critical to survival. This need arrived when life showed up on earth and has been evolving ever since.
One discovery many may find surprising is self-publishing came first and evolved into formal publishing, what we today refer to as traditional publishing. Other interesting discoveries subsist in learning that Benjamin Franklin first self-published Poor Richard’s Almanac, a mixed collection of information still referenced today. Jane Austen as well first published the “vanity” route, only receiving worldwide acclaim for her work posthumously.
In the early 2000’s self-publishing platforms such as iUniverse charged $159 for one of its premier publishing packages, making print books available for worldwide distribution.
Many notable authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Wolff, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe and works like The Bridges of Madison County, A Time to Kill, Satin Doll, What Color is Your Parachute and a number of small and independent publishing companies are rising from stigmas associated with self-publishing as we continue to evolve, increasing communication through sharing information.