The House in Windward Leaves is having an enchanting year. This May, the comic children's fantasy made Finalist in two Indie award programs: E-book Fiction Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Juvenile Fiction Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. The book is also in the Top Ten Children's Books at Kid Lit Reviews. That blog presents new books from both Indie and established publishers. The public can vote for the Best Children's Book of 2013, from the blog's top ten, in December.
My self-published book and many books from small or Indie publishers might reach the public!
|The Duluth Public Library was built to look like a ship.|
When I worked in new bookstores, a children's bookstore and a mall bookstore, small publishers and self-published authors came in to request shelf space for their book in the shop. They were seldom refused, however their books sold on quality. Most customers then were wary of books from new publishers and especially when the store was brimming with books from the lists of recognizable publishers.
Within fifteen years, self-published books were finding readers on the internet. Having done stints in publishing while staying in the Midwest, I had dreamed of publishing books myself. When the opportunity to self-publish came, I had to try it with an imprint name I thought I might use for my used bookstore - Couchgrass Books. Digital publishing seemed like a completely different area at first but after learning its tools and formatting, layout and manuscript preparation produced the same paperback and screen print book. I was putting together dummies on my screen and using Word program options instead of a ruler. It’s been very rewarding that my efforts brought about much more than my own satisfaction.