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The two original self-published illustrated volumes are gaining ground
While Jennifer Fosberry and Cheryl Kilodavis, each of whom were influenced by one of their kids, went different ways to get their book printed, their publisher histories had similar happily ever after major publishers took up their work. Fosberry's My Name Is Not Isabella was launched in September by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, and Aladdin launched Kilodavis' My Princess Boy in December.
"But I began to think about girls that I see as a hero and that I want to imitate Isabella, and that was the inspirational part of this book. The book was released in 2008 under her Monkey Barrel Press masthead, set up the Pathway Book Service to circulate it, and then, she says, "sold it to everyone I knew.
" This issue of My Name Is Not Isabella sells 3,000 copies and has won several prizes, among them a Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award, a Gold Independent Publisher Book Award and a Silver ForeWord Book of the Year Award, presented by ForeWord Reviews. Sourcebooks' issue has 40,000 printed issues, Raccah reported, and it was featured in number 10 of the New York Times bestsellers on January 9.
But when she started to talk to Dyson's educators and others, she realised that she needed a means that said: "I endorse that and I don't want you to destroy his mind. Then the Seattle writer went to a copy centre and had a perfect binding book made for Dyson's schoolteacher.
"Said she couldn't keep the book to herself, but wanted to tell her students," says Kilodavis. "and many asked how they could get a copy. Some of these families knew of some of their acquaintances or family members to whom they wanted to give the book, and the message of the book quickly became public.
From the start, we knew we wanted to make this book to ensure that its messages of acceptability would reach a broader public. "The publishing house quickly concluded the agreement and published the book with a circulation of 20,000 within two month after two journeys to the media.