Some tips on writing self-published children's books
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On a recent Kids Roundtable discussion hosted by Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing at the Bryant Park Hotel in Manhattan, several bestselling indie children’s authors—Carole P. Roman, E.G. Foley (husband-and-wife team Eric and Gael Foley), and Ally Nathaniel—talked about getting started writing children’s and young-adult lit.
Roman’s son Michael Phillip Cash, a bestselling self-help author, dared her to write her own book. She did, but it didn’t sell. “I saw all other children’s books that were selling well had series ...
Books for the puzzle novice or the riddle genius.
Everyone loves a good puzzle, which explains the perennial popularity of books of brainteasers. Many readers first encountered logic puzzles in such books—such as the famous riddle about the truth-teller and the liar—and later graduated to more complicated math-based games, such as sudoku. Kirkus Indie has reviewed several books that aim to challenge readers with their inventive numerical diversions.
In sudoku, players arrange the numbers one through nine in a grid so that each appears only once in each row ...
Jennifer L. Armentrout photographed by VLC Photos.
Jennifer L. Armentrout, a New York Times bestselling hybrid author, got her start by self-publishing her books and still uses both traditional and indie models. Writing in the young-adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance genres, she has titles published by Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture, and her Covenant series has been optioned for television. Armentrout also writes adult and new ...
Q&A with Sara Hines, Co-Owner of Eight Cousins Books.
Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, Massachusetts
Mother-daughter team Betty Borg and Carol Chittenden founded Cape Cod’s Eight Cousins Books, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 1986. The general bookstore, which borrows its name from a Louisa May Alcott novel, is widely known for its curation of children’s titles. Chittenden recently sold Eight Cousins—which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer—to Mary Fran Buckley, Eileen Miskell, and Sara Hines. Here, we talk with Sara Hines about Cape Cod reads, an after-hours scavenger hunt at a local library, and the ...
Indie writers who tackle historical fiction
History may be written by the victors, but historical fiction doesn’t place such limits on its authors. Readers never seem to tire of the genre—see 2014’s Kirkus Prize winner for fiction, Lily King’s novel Euphoria, as well as Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, and Kate Atkinson’s bestselling Life After Life and its sequel, A God in Ruins. Indieland is also fertile ground for authors who want to animate the past; here are excerpts from ...
An Indie writer who shares her success with others
Dianne Sagan photographed by Kimberly Black.
A hybrid author who also coaches aspiring authors, Dianne G. Sagan was on the Amazon Best Sellers list for 42 weeks with Rebekah Redeemed and The Fisherman’s Wife from her Women of the Bible series. She has ghostwritten 10 books for an international clientele, six of which were bestsellers. Sagan has published mysteries and books—The Hybrid Author, The Hybrid Author Companion Journal, and Tools and Tips for Writers—with tips for writers to hone their craft.
When did you ...
Self Published writers who vividly depict the creature world.
Readers who embrace animal tales—whether it’s Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts” cartoon strip, which chronicles the escapades of an intrepid cat and dog, or the Henri videos, which reveal the existential angst of a French-speaking feline—should look for three captivating Indie books that Kirkus reviewed recently. They include an empathetic novel about a bear, a charming memoir by a veterinarian, and an illuminating owner’s guide and memoir by a dog trainer, canine police officer, and dog sled racer.
Lane Robson’s Shasta and ...
The National Book Critics Circle's List of the Best Books of 2015
Kirstin Valdez Quade, the 2015 recipient of the John Leonard Prize for a debut book. Photographed by Maggie Shipstead.
Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World (Grand Central Publishing); Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); George Hodgman, Bettyville (Viking); Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon); and Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (Grove Press)
Terry Alford, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford Univ.); Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House); T.J. Stiles, Custer's Trials: A Life on ...