Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Run By Costly Service

Ah, children’s book awards. A lot of us would love to have a lot of them on our books!

I just received this email from a publication sent by SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators):

PRO INSIDER: Retraction
We regret that we listed Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in our June issue, as it has been brought to our attention that this contest is run by The Jenkins Group, a costly self-publishing services. Please do not apply for this award.
Thank you,
Bonnie Bader & the staff of the PRO INSIDER
Whether for the fact that it’s a self-publishing service or that it’s a costly one, or both, my reaction is the same: Eesh.

Writing and Publishing Resources for Independent Authors

A great collection for the aspiring (or veteran) indie author!

I will add in Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wave in the Mind.” The whole book is delightful, yet if you’re looking for inspiration and insight into the writing process, you will definitely find such gems here.

Kate M. Colby

While I share a lot of my own experience and advice in writing and publishing articles, I thought it was time to highlight some of the many writing and publishing resources that I turn to for information and inspiration. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will certainly get you started on your author journey!



On Writing: A Memoir of the Craftby Stephen King – Hands down the best writing craft book I’ve ever read. The first part is King’s life in writing. The second is full of great tips.

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler – My second favorite craft book. It breaks down Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey for fiction authors.

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee – Top of my own craft TBR. I’ve heard this has great insights for fiction writers…

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If You’re a Self-Publisher, You Need Indieworld

In fact, you need Indieworld if you’re in any stage of writing, even the infancy stages, and you plan to self-publish.

Currently, there’s a call for all self-publishers to list up to two of their books on this Goodreads thread here (follow the directions!), for inclusion in the wonderful Navigating Indieworld site in their first Indie Books Event of the year!

Your books will appear in their respective genres. I am over the moon thrilled that I am at least temporarily next to an author who is as kind and generous as she is prolific, Carole P Roman.

As more children’s book authors come in, this may change, but I’ll take it for now! 🙂

Each author also gets an author page on Navigating Indieworld. Here’s mine:


All of this could be you! Go to the Goodreads thread now.