How Do You Know So Much About Indies?

How Do You Know So Much About Indies?

Because I’m an indie myself.

When I was very young, I used typing paper to write and illustrate picture books. I then gave these as gifts to friends, and they always came back for more. Later, I created a line of independently-published historical calendars called Shades of Greatness(tm). I wrote, researched and printed them myself, and sold between 2,500 and 3,000 every year. I did this for 9 years, and at the end, the calendars were in 11 states across the U.S.

Currently, I have a series of picture books and a humorous middle grade reference book that I intend to independently publish. How does that sound?

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penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel.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!

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