But now I'm back and full of thoughts and book recommendations. Plus I'm a goals girl, so I have a new idea for the new year.
A Monthly Middle Grade Mash Up
I will pick two new release MG books at the beginning of each month. Then I will read said books during the month and determine a winner. Then if you choose to read along with me, you can comment on my judging skills. (So now I've said it out loud, I've got to do it.)
Now for the Ebook surprise...
This Christmas, most of my (9 yr old) daughter's friends got Ereaders for Christmas. What, What?!?! 9 year olds. So I take back what I asked a few months ago about whether middle graders had e-readers, because now my daughter is one of the few without. From a marketing perspective (yes, I was a marketer before a stay-at-home mom), that means e-readers are no longer in early adoption but early majority.
And with Kindle's library enabled readers and possible rent-a-book system that works like Netflix, what does that mean for middle grade authors?
Should we continue to seek traditional publishing? I still think yes to this because it comes with a marketing team but only from the big houses.
What does this mean for small publishers? I know a girl that just got dropped from her small press and is now shopping her polished manuscript to other publishers.
As a hopeful debut author, the temptation to self publish is growing. I still want to get an agent and a house just to say I did it the hard way.
I don't know, what do you think?