06/29/2011 07:44 am ET Updated Aug 29, 2011

Independence Day 2011: Heroes Of Self-Publishing, Amanda Hocking, John Locke And Other Indie Author Success Stories (PHOTOS)

"I took the [road less] traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Yes, self-publishing for Amanda Hocking and John Locke was the road less traveled by and it did make all the difference. But self-publishing has also made a difference throughout American and British history. The story of self-publishing is the story of publishing in America and England. Ben Franklin and Tom Paine both did it, as you can see here .

Now that self-publishing has become so easy, now that there are so many options, the new breed of indie authors have decided to go it alone and they made it work.

This week we're celebrating the spirit of independence in publishing. Don't miss:

Independent Publishers We Love For Their Spirit

Bookstores We Love For Their Spirit Of Independence

15 Feisty Small Presses