Clint Greenleaf quit his accounting job after his first self-published book started selling 100 copies a day at $5 a pop. From his parents' garage he launched Greenleaf Book Group, a publishing house that forces authors to pay much of their own upfront costs in exchange for three to four times the royalties of a standard publishing contract. It seems to be working: While much of the industry struggles, Greenleaf saw revenue jump 37% last year.

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