Is Self-Publishing for YOU? Ask Three Bloggers Who Have Made it Work!

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Robin O'Bryant

Between the three of them: Robin O'Bryant, Lela Davidson & Jen of People I Want to Punch in The Throat have sold thousands and thousands of books. All bloggers, all self-published, and all spending a good bit of time at the top of Amazon's Best-Sellers list. In this ROYO, Robin, Lela & Jen want to share their experiences: the good and the bad, to help you decide if self-publishing is for you! 


In 3 years, Robin O'Bryant has gone from being a stay-at-home-mom to three girls to an award-winning humor columnist and bestselling indie author. "Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves" was rated #1 by reader reviews in two Amazon genres (Humor Essays, Parenting & Families) for 11 consecutive months. Robin have spoken at writer's conferences, creative retreats and women's groups all over the country in the last year. She blogs at Robin's Chicks, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and NickMom. 

Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat is best known for her wildly popular and hysterical blog www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com that she started in May 2011. She has been described by many as Erma Bombeck – with f-bombs.  Jen is famous for her hilarious rants and funny observations on everything from parenting to gift giving to celebrity behavior to politics to Elves on Shelves. In December 2011, she wrote a simple little post about the Elf on the Shelf and Over Achieving Mommies. It touched a nerve and went viral. This post has been viewed over 1.3 million times. She was able to capitalize on that bit of luck and has turned her blog into one of the most popular humor writing blogs on the web. Her debut novel, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat was released October 2012 on Amazon. It is an Amazon best seller in two humor categories. Jen is a frequent contributor to HuffingtonPost.com and Babble.com. She was a BlogHer Voice of the Year - Humor (2012).

In 2007, with nothing but her fledgling blog and irrational optimism, Lela Davidson turned her back on public accounting to pursue a writing career. She published her first book of essays, Blacklisted from the PTA in 2012. The collection was honored with six literary awards for humor, and is an Amazon best-seller in motherhood, family & relationships, and humor essays. Her second collection, Who Peed on My Yoga Mat? was released in December 2012. She is a frequent contributor to TODAY Moms, iVillage, and Huffington Post. Lela speaks frequently to groups of women, writers and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from family relationships to social media marketing. Her humorous, inspirational essays appear regularly in family and parenting magazines throughout North America, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms and her book marketing advice has been featured in Writer’s Digest.