Sunday, June 8, 2014

Indie Authors Create Treasure Trove of Bargain Kids' Books

As a parent I know that buying children’s books adds up quickly. Even buying them ebooks costs a lot.

Indie publishing to the rescue.

Children’s fiction is written in quantity by self publishers too. And if you’re in the market for children’s ebooks, you can find plenty of bargains here. (Self publishers tend to price below the price points of corporate publishers)

You can even find lots of free children's ebooks.

At Smashwords, one of the e-publishing companies I use, you can browse hundred of free titles. These come in many formats. You can even read them online. How easy is that to put some fun kid's books on your tablet?

But wait, isn’t self publishing bad?

Um, no more often than non-self publishing. Children’s fiction isn’t exactly high art. Sure there’s some beloved classics, and there will be more, but have you read your typical middle grade chapter book? They’re mostly chatty drivel pounded out in a formulaic frenzy. So I’m sure I can do as well as that, and hopefully better.

To be on the safe side, you can always sample an ebook before you buy it, especially at Smashwords.

If it’s appalling, don’t buy it. If it’s cute and cuddly, pop it on your tablet and give your kid something to read. It’s better than fruit-slicing apps and them taking butt-selfies. 

You guessed it. This is leading up to me mentioning my children's title. 

Bear Dog Dog Bear is a kid's ebook for only $2.99

Daniel Wood and his family are getting a puppy. A black German Shepherd puppy to be precise. His dad already picked her out on the internet, and they are on the road to the breeder’s house at the end of a long creepy country road into the woods. It looks like a woods where bears might live, but no one is thinking about that when disaster strikes the puppy barn.

This cheerful chapter book brings the wild into suburban Cherry Park and sets a puppy loose in the countryside. Daniel has no idea what is happening until the truth is broadcast on the evening news and a video of his dad wrestling a bear cub hits YouTube.