self-pub·​lish ˌself-ˈpə-blish How to pronounce self-publish (audio)
self-published; self-publishing; self-publishes

transitive verb

: to publish (a book) using the author's own resources

Examples of self-publish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amazon’s self-publishing arm has come under fire for offering extremists and neo-Nazis unprecedented access to publishing tools. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2024 In 2012, William Collier self-published a dark comedy novel called Stanley’s Comet. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Dec. 2023 Engel, who started writing in high school, delves into the resilience of independent bookstores post-pandemic and the personal tales behind authors’ self-publishing ventures, highlighting the indispensable human connection found in bookstores. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2023 This fall the group self-published its first cookbook, celebrating one of the world’s most beloved Chinatowns as well as Little Indonesia, the melting pot of Flushing and more than 20 other neighborhoods. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 As less space becomes available in journalism, writers are turning to the platform to self-publish and get their writing out there. Amara Amaryah, Essence, 8 Nov. 2023 In the podcast’s preamble, Firestone has an extended bit about how her decision to self-publish the book and the podcast was driven by the fact that nobody wanted it. Vulture, 21 Sep. 2023 His rise from a self-publishing sensation to a celebrated author and artist is a testament to the power of creativity, dedication, and belief in one's vision. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 Amazon, which first started out as a website for selling books, has grown to become a major player in the publishing industry, creating its own Kindle e-reader and operating a self-publishing platform. Emma Roth, The Verge, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-publish was in 1943

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“Self-publish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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