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Publishing News Roundup Series: Kids Category Added to Self-Publishing Awards

by Maureen Crisp •  October 14, 2020  •   Follow

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The Selfies have been the ultimate symbol of success for self-publishers, and now kid lit can partake.

Children’s literature is an essential part of publishing. It is also a large part of the self-publishing world. To honor its significance, children’s authors can now be honored in the self-publishing Selfie awards. Self-published authors of children’s literature can now be recognized for the important role they play in the community.


You Deserve An Award


Awards are the external validation that you have ‘made it’ as a writer. Just entering or long listing can be affirming that your work is good. This week Publishers Weekly who administers The Selfies – Awards for self-published books added a new category – Kids books.

Meanwhile, The New Publishing Standard takes The Bookseller to task for blowing hot and cold over allowing self publishers a place at the award table… or under it.


Rachel Thompson has a great article on Anne R Allens Blog on writing, marketing, and staying mentally healthy in these challenging times. It’s all in the quality of care you give to yourself.


Kris Rusch is also thinking about self-care. How are you framing the pandemic to yourself? Kris explains that this once in a generation event changes human behavior forever. Are you allowing yourself the mental space to absorb new behaviors or do you think we will get back to normal?


What’s New In Publishing has been looking at what publishers have learned during lockdown.

They talked with three UK publishers about lessons learned and changes made in their operations which they are taking into the future. 


Teleread has an opinion piece of the demise of comics. It was news to me… but I understand the reason to be concerned. Comics were originally aimed at the Middle-Grade child… Has anyone seen any of these comics around lately?


How many of you stuck at home in the pandemic have been twiddling your thumbs over the games console? Did you know that games need stories? Abeer Kapoor writes about the opportunities for writers in the gaming industry.


Two powerhouses of writing in one place… Joanna Penn interviews Katie Weiland. It’s all about craft and story planning in this great episode/ transcript.


How long should a short story be? Reedsy has an interesting blog post on examining the short story- and you can sign up for their weekly short story competition.


In The Craft Section,

Timeless endings– Donald Maass

Creating Characters who clash- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark

5 exercises for honing story instincts– K M Weiland – Bookmark

Stuck in the middle– Janice Hardy

Creating Believable characters- Elizabeth S Craig- Bookmark

60 words for Just– Kathy Steinemann- Bookmark


In The Marketing Section,

 2 Great posts from Penny Sansevieri-Planning for holiday sales and Knowing your reader– Bookmark

Presenting Virtually– Tamsen Webster- Bookmark

Quenching your readers’ thirst– Judith Briles

Author newsletters- DIYMFA -Helen Darling


To Finish,

October is known as NaNoPrepMo… or the preparation month before National Novel Writing Month. Angela Ackerman sets out a few good reasons for why NaNoWriMo should be on your must-do list this year. If you are looking at your Work In Progress,  you can still do NaNoWriMo… just log your words.

Every year Kevin J Anderson curates a writer’s bundle of craft books on Storybundle. There is a great collection this year. Check it out- Cheaper than an award ceremony you can’t attend.






About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.