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On Publshing, POD, and Vanity

So, really. Is it vanity to self-publish a children's book if you are, indeed, a child?

I think not.

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/477312

She gave me a copy for xmas. The chapters on Rainbow Tom and Goliath are the funniest, but Mrs. G is her favorite cat, so she got the first chapter. She took some of the photos, Maralton took some of the photos, I took some of the photos. You might recognize the cover photo from the blog post of the three boys on my laptop.

So if you know someone the right age, why not check it out? Or check it out anyway. And if you flip the pages, be sure to click on the back cover to see the back cover photo of the four cats.

The layout is courtesy of my oldest sister, Aunt Anne, noted photographer, nonfiction writer and small press publisher (very small).

There are photos of the author's reading here in Nahant on the last night of Hanukkah, which I hope to post later.

Frog Out

Comments

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tcastleb
Dec. 31st, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Aww. That's so cool! Great book.
birdhousefrog
Dec. 31st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
And it's PINK!!!
tcastleb
Dec. 31st, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Eeew! PINK!!! -runs-
mindseas
Dec. 31st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Wow!
birdhousefrog
Dec. 31st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Who knew it was so easy to get published??? Even a 9-year old can do it.
fjm
Dec. 31st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
That's gorgeous.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
My sister is talented at layout. She makes it look easy.

But I have to admit, the cats are the real stars of this thing.

And the kid selected from hundreds of photos I burned to a cd and then made up text to go with them. Dictated, but still her own words. Since she's had difficulty creating a sense of beginning, middle and end to tell a coherent story, this was quite an achievement.

They have already begun the planning for their book for 2009 and the idea is pretty interesting. They've been doing some sort of book since she was 5, but this is the first one she wrote and took several photos for. All those photos in the Mrs. Gaines preview are ones she took.

Oz
fjm
Jan. 1st, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
No chance of getting them to Worldcon to run a workshop on writing for kids? Lisa would love you.
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birdhousefrog
Jan. 5th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I figured you would understand!
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