How Did Indie Platinum Come About?

How Did Indie Platinum Come About?

Like most good ideas, Indie Platinum didn’t materialize overnight.

I began reviewing children’s books for a writer friend nearly ten years ago. A couple of years later, I decided to start my own review site, only I made picture books my focus. It’s called PICTURE BOOK DEPOT if you’d like to whisk over and take a peek.

As I continued to review for trade publishers across the US, my name “got out there,” if you know what I mean. Before I knew it, independent writers began asking me to review their self-published books. At first I said yes, but this became a problem. Many (not all!) were not ready for publication–or even for review. So I began to think of ways I could help them BEFORE their books went to press.

In the end, I settled on helping ALL indie writers who approach me by offering this service to judge their books by the same standards that I would judge a trade-published book.

And voila! Indie Platinum was born.

Hello Indies! I am a former special education teacher of over 20 years, and now a full-time children's writer, researcher, and freelance editor. My newest picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Women's Biographies and Children's American History. It has since won the 2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award, the 2022 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite, the 2022 Comstock Award, and the 2022 Ann Izard Award. It has received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal, and received a great review by The Wall Street Journal. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of several educational books for teens, and I occasionally review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

Indie Platinum
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