Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar, the author and motivational speaker who died last Wednesday at 86, was also an indie.

Mr. Ziglar’s first book, entitled, “Biscuits, Fleas, and Pump Handles” was self pubbed in 1974.  It was  renamed “See You At The Top” –and given a new cover– when it was  picked up three years later, by Pelican.

According to the obit in The New York Times, Ziglar “reached people through more than two dozen books with total sales well into the millions…”

After a long and difficult career as a salesman, pitching products as diverse as cookware and insurance, Mr. Ziglar decided that the product he sold best was his own energy and optimism. He began speaking to sales groups in the 1950s, but he could not afford to do it full time until the early 1970s.”

At which point he wrote and self-pubbed “Biscuits”.  So long, Mr. Ziglar. And long live the indie.

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