SCBWI Bookstop

The Genie LoopholeThe Genie Loophole written by Paul Maguire and illustrated by Karen B. Jones (me) is now up on the SCBWI Bookstop!  Check it out or browse other great SCBWI titles.

It’s a chapter book with one black and white image per chapter.  Go to my portfolio for a peek at the illustrations.

It’s currently available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.  It would make a great Christmas gift!

Synopsis:

It’s something that has crossed every kid’s mind…  If you were given three wishes, what would they be?  For Teddy Rogers, who one summer discovers a magic bottle on the beach and releases the genie inside, the answer is simple: Wish for a billion more wishes!

What follows is a series of unexpected situations, each crazier than the one before.  Teddy soon learns that unlimited wishes can easily spin out of control… and sometimes into dangerous territory!

Third Edition up on Amazon

Print
The new edition of The Squishy, Stinky Diaper is up on Amazon now.  It’s available in print and for the kindle and features all new illustrations.  I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Summary:
The story is familiar to every toddler. Baby’s diaper must be changed, but she doesn’t want to cooperate. With patience, love, and good humor, Mommy gets her through it.

I’m working on getting it up for the nook too, but their interface is being difficult.  It’s not on Barnes & Noble in print yet either, but it should be eventually.

In the meantime, if you want a PDF or epub copy for your non-kindle eReader, contact me and I’ll sell it to you directly.

Squishy, Stinky Pages

I’ve been kind of quiet on here because I’ve been working on finishing this Squishy, Stinky Diaper project.  Here are 5 recent spreads.  They differ from the original dummy mainly by the additional sound effects, smooth lines, and color.

Page 6 and 7

Page 6 and 7

Page 8 and 9

Page 8 and 9

Page 12 and 13

Page 12 and 13

Page 22 and 23

Page 22 and 23

page 24 and 25

page 24 and 25

Only 5 more to go!

Diaper Book Stats

Well, I haven’t looked in on my poor little diaper book in awhile. Last year I went to the SCBWI conference and showed an agent my book, but totally failed to remember exactly what my sales stats were when she asked me. That was embarrassing. So, this time I will have my numbers together.

What are my numbers? Well, I’m so glad you asked. First off, remember that this is a self-published book by a first-time, unknown author/illustrator and it was accompanied by little to no marketing. So, don’t expect big numbers.

It was first published in January 2010, though it didn’t sell much until I put it up for the kindle in May 2010.  To date I’ve sold 2,312 copies (43 paperbacks, 2269 ebooks) for a total of $1866.28 in royalties. The paperbacks are $9.75 and the ebook (both kindle and nook) are $1.99. The paperback is twice the price it should be, but that’s the best I can do with self-publishing. Sorry.

Would you like to buy a copy? Well, that would be great! You could get a paperback, a nook, or a kindle copy.

PrintEdit:  
The Third Edition (left) with all new illustrations is now out.  The original edition (above) is now out of print. The new one is currently available on Amazon both in print and for kindle. It should be available at other online bookselllers soon and I’m working on getting it up on the nook. In the meantime, if you’d like a digital copy for your non-kindle eReader, contact me and I’ll sell you a PDF or epub version directly.