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The Gittle List: Top 10 Self-Pub Children’s Books of 2013

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The Aviva Gittle eBooks 2013 Top 10 Self-published Children’s Picture Books list is here. Each day, beginning January 31st, a winning entry will be revealed. (Starting with #10 and working our way up!)

Let’s prove to the world that self-published books are as good — heck, better — than traditionally published books. Self-published authors pour their hearts, souls and money into creating, publishing and marketing their own books. Show Aviva your best!

Thank you to all the wonderful self-published authors who submitted their books for consideration.

Many authors submitted their books. Here are just a few:

Written & Illustrated by Lucy Elliott

Written by Ronald J. Robledo, Illustrated by Ryan Magno

by Nancy O’Neill, Illustrated by children around the world











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    • avivagittle avivagittle

      That’s always the hard part! I have 6 books published so far (and many more on the way). I’m not sure which one I would I submit. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about that…lol! I’m looking forward to reading your book. πŸ˜‰

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      You are so welcome, Susan! I’m looking forward to reading your book. I’ve already received some great submissions. Bring it on! Tell all your author friends. πŸ™‚

  1. Thanks for the opportunity! I’ll be submitting “My Monster and Me” just waiting for the ebook conversion to be finished.This is a great way to get my book in front of more people. Edward Riley

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      Great title, Edward. Looking forward to reading it! Please spread the word about the list to other authors. Thank you!

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      You are very welcome, Gloria. I think it takes guts to self-publish a children’s picture book. I want to acknowledge those authors who have done it well. Spread the word! (Have you heard that a few times? Lol!)

  2. Aviva, Thanks for giving us (self-published children’s ebook authors) a platform! I just sent you my ebook: Orange You Glad. I hope you enjoy it and have a little on to share it with ; )!

  3. joe frey joe frey

    My self-pub children’s book does not currently have any illustrations, no entry for me? As per guideline #5, right?

  4. Thank you again for this chance to have my book recognized. I have just sent you the ebook version of My Monster and Me, and hope that you like it as much as I did writing it. Within the next couple of days it will be available on Amazon and Kindle. Edward M. Riley

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      You are very welcome, Richard. I’m already having a blast reading the submissions I’ve received so far.

  5. Amelia Picklewiggle Amelia Picklewiggle

    I am children’s author Amelia Picklewiggle. I have many books I’d like to submit. Wwhat is your limit?

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      Hi, Amelia: I’m accepting one book per author or author team. Please read through the submission guidelines and let me know if you have any other questions. I look forward to reading your book! Please spread the word. πŸ™‚

  6. avivagittle avivagittle

    I extended the deadline to January 7, 2014. It’s a very busy time of year and I realized I should give folks a little time after the holidays. I’ve gotten a lot of great eBooks and print books and am starting to read and evaluate them. Please tweet and post this article! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  7. Melba Sandoval Melba Sandoval

    Hi Aviva I am so glad to learn about your work. I have published two children’s books and am currently finalizing my 3rd book. I would have loved to join your contest but my books are 24 pages and have more than 1500 words.
    This is all a new experience for me and have much more to learn. I need advice on making my hard cover books into ebooks.
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful advice and suggestions that you post. What a big heart:)!

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      Thanks for the kind words, Melba πŸ™‚ You’ve given me an idea for an article in my “Birth of a Children’s Book” blog series on publishing an eBook versus a print book. I’ll add that to my list of topics.

  8. What a great way to start off the New Year! Thank you for giving fellow authors this opportunity.

    I just emailed you my submission for my third book, “Guess What is at the Zoo?”


    • avivagittle avivagittle

      Thanks Aishetu; I received your book. Appreciate your signing up for my newsletter, which I just sent to you. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year!

  9. Aviva,
    Thanks for the opportunity and I hope you enjoy my children’s Christmas story…A Glimpse from Christmas Past

    I am mailing a copy of my book today 1/6/14 so please be on the look out for it. Thanks again and Happy New Years!


    Dan Donahue

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      Will do, Dan! Looking forward to reading your book. There IS still time to email or POSTMARK your submission by tomorrow. I don’t need any fancy cover letter; just your work…lol! So, please spread the word to your fellow authors. πŸ™‚

  10. Natalie Dow Natalie Dow

    Hi – I just submitted ‘I need movement’ which was written by my daughter (age 7) and I. Thank you so much for the opportunity, my daughter is very excited.

  11. I just sent via email a PDF attachment of the print versionβ€”and a link for a PDF download of the digital version of Trap the Elf β€”Anytime of Year. Thanks so much for this opportunity and consideration. Cheers!

  12. Sue de Cuevas Sue de Cuevas

    Hi Aviva,

    This is such a great idea! YES, self-published children’s books measure up and merit more recognition. I hope you received the my Polarity Bear book and look forward to learning the results of the contest.

    • avivagittle avivagittle

      Hi, Sue: I did get your book (just emailed you confirmation). Next year, I have to remember to tell those authors mailing print copies to also email me so I can readily confirm receipt. The Gittle List will be posted by the end of January!

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