The Book Competition That Keeps On Giving by Aviva Gittle

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The Book Competition That Keeps On Giving Aviva Gittle, owner of Gittle Publishing, hosts a contest exclusively for self-published children’s picture books.

In 2013, I was a newly published author. Self-published. Many assumed that if an author self-published it was out of desperation. They figured you had enough rejection letters to wallpaper your bathroom. That you had your Aunt Mamie edit your manuscript. And, your illustrations were likely created by your 10-year-old. Why else would you self-publish?

The fact was, I never tried to get my work published. Although I did send a story, Chloe and The Belly Beast to an agent – a friend of my father’s – who in turn referred me to a children’s book agent. Never contacted her. Required writing a letter, buying a stamp, and placing it in the mailbox. This was the mid-1980s and there was no email. You had to work for it, baby. Lest I sound lazy, I was…

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with nine children's books for PS-Gr 4, five middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and two novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. All her books are available on Amazon.com, Create Space, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a mystery series for girls, a sequel to her first novel, Hunting Mariah, and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2018 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to The Book Competition That Keeps On Giving by Aviva Gittle

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Janice.

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