Adventures in Self-Publishing with Lilly Maendel

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While many of you are slogging through years of classes in pursuit of your MFAs and sketching outlines of your first novels, my 6-year-old niece Lilly is already one step ahead of you. With only a kindergarten education, she has penned numerous short stories and is well-known in her North St. Paul neighborhood.  Lilly travels door to door, selling her work for 50 cents, which everyone knows is  minimum wage for authors.

I was honored to receive a first edition copy of her novel, The Missing Pig, while visiting her last week. She wrote, illustrated, and self-published it. The Missing Pig is the first book in her Pig Trilogy. The second one, The Pig Knocking Food Down, was also recently released and gifted to her Grandpa Hanson. Rumor has it, the third and final installment, yet to be named, will be on the shelves around the Christmas holiday.

Keep your eyes open for Lilly Maendel, publishing world!
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Everyone knows that all good novels starts with “Once upon a time…”
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Who needs a major publishing house when you have construction paper, a red pen, and three staples? Keep overhead down and bring your profits up.
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The hardest working self-publisher under the age of ten.
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18 Replies to “Adventures in Self-Publishing with Lilly Maendel”

  1. Wow. This is awesome. I hope her love of writing continues as she grows older. In looking at her beautiful face, I am quite certain I am looking at a future JK Rowling:)

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