Today a review of Stout Hearts & Whizzing Biscuits was the featured “Marvelous Middle Grade Monday” review at MG Mafioso’s blog. You can check out Michael Gettel-Gilmartin’s generous review in full here, but if you want an excerpt:
I wrote last week about the many recent successes that self-published authors have had with being snapped up by agents and then being republished by traditional publishing houses. It seems that an increasing number of writers are taking the self-publishing route and putting out good work which is finding a market.
Apropos to this, I recently read Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits, the first volume of Daniel McInerny’s Patria stories. Mr. McInerny hasn’t been snapped up by a traditional press (and he may not want to be, for all I know), but he is certainly proving adept at writing both a good story and combining this with an entertaining and visually pleasing website. Folks, this sort of thing may be the shape of things to come.
Middle grade indie publishing has no doubt lagged behind YA indie publishing both in the numbers of indie MG authors and in sales, but I agree with Gettel-Gilmartin that it’s hard not to imagine–especially given last week’s Association of American Publishers report on the surge of children’s ebook sales in the first half of 2012–that in the future we’re going to be seeing more and more MG authors going indie and marketing their efforts through websites designed to enchant and delight MG readers. The resources are too readily to hand, and the chance to reach an audience so invitingly immediate, that many MG authors will not be able to resist taking the indie plunge.
I’m honored that the Patria stories and this Kingdom of Patria website have been recognized as being on the leading edge of this trend. It’s not often that a 3,000 year-old kingdom founded by refugees from the Trojan War and that eschews all forms of electronic communication could be on the cutting edge of anything–but the goodly citizens of Patria will take what they can get!