I love books. That’s been true since before I could talk when I memorized the rhythms of Little Bear. When my children were in elementary school I volunteered at the school library and even coached my son’s Battle of the Books team. During that time I had a middle grades book blog. Nothing much happened with it.
Skip to March 2017. My kids are teenagers and I am missing the books they read when they were young. My friend and local author Donovan Scherer asked me when I was going to restart my books blog. He said independently published authors of children’s books need someplace to promote their work. I found my excuse to reenter the world of children’s literature.
If J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter today would she choose to go through the humiliating dog and pony show of twelve rejections?
As I looked into it I learned how hard it is to find the best self-published books. I also learned that many of the best books being published are not going through traditional publishing houses. It makes sense. If J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter today would she choose to go through the humiliating dog and pony show of twelve rejections? Many authors are choosing not to go that route in favor of controlling their own work and their own profits.
Just as the world is filled with many amazing singers who can’t get a recording contract, there are a plethora of talented writers with a story to tell who can’t even get their books read by agents and publishers. But finding them is hard. I want to brave the wilds of the internet to find the best of what is out there and bring it to you.
Much of it will meet your needs better than what traditional publishers put out. I will find complex books with themes appropriate to advanced younger readers and easy books that will be interesting to older students. I will bring you books that consider the needs of children with various disabilities because not all struggling readers are reluctant to read. I know I will find these books because I already have. And if there is a book you think I should write about, let me know. We’re in this together.