I've wanted to write for children and young adults since an early age, but for some odd reason traditional publishers don't like my work. I got fed up with rejection so I turned to self-publishing with Lulu last year, and 'Goalden Girl', about girls soccer, was published at the end of 2007. It's available on all Amazon sites, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Blackwell's and Tesco in the UK. Do a 'Book Butler' search and you'll see where else it's selling. I've had some good reviews already on Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, BookIdeas.com and Readers Views Kids.
'Abbie's Rival' will come out this year, and I'm working on 'Epiworld', which is for older teens.
I work as a librarian on contract roles, and as a health care assistant in between library contracts. Sadly I have no children of my own, but my paper children make up for that.
I am of the opinion that more and more writers will turn to self-publishing in the future, as traditional publishers are increasingly hostile to new and untried writers. The only aspect of self-publishing I have found difficult so far is marketing. It's hard going!!
I apologise if you have bought a copy of 'Goalden Girl' and have found the chapter numbers have come out a bit on the pale side. They were typed in bold using an outline effect, but for some reason the distribution printers were unable to pick up the outline, so I removed it, and all copies are now printing fine.
When purchasing my books, please check your copy has all its pages, title page etc. If it hasn't, please return it from where you bought it from and get a refund.