In his Blog, The Ghost in the Biography, he describes how the book Self-Help came to be published.
“John Murray (Samuel Smiles’ publisher) went for only the best, and when he took on Smiles’s Life of George Stephenson in 1856 he hoped he’d backed a winner. Once 4500 copies sold in the first three months, Murray felt vindicated. Then, in January 1859, Smiles wrote to Murray: “I expect to see you shortly about a small book to be published about June.” The ‘small book’ was Self-Help. Within weeks of Self-Help’s publication not just a book, but a whole new vision of life’s possibilities had grabbed Britain’s attention. The book sold first in tens, then in hundreds of thousands.”
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