Sunday, March 28, 2010

Children’s Author Signs 11 Book Contracts

I’m pleased to be making my biggest announcement since beginning a writing journey at the tail end of 2001. In the last few weeks, and leading up to this past weekend, I have now signed contracts for 11 books to be published by the end of 2010.

Over a period of 3 ½ years, I wrote 35 manuscripts. This was without an agent at the time, and with no book contracts in sight. Now I’m glad I did that. Each book has different characters, locations, and plots. I offer that piece of information for all aspiring writers who wonder if the day will ever come when their work will be recognized.

This is what thirty-five manuscripts look like.

From the beginning, I established a project box for each manuscript. In it is kept all of my research information, the various revisions, any photographs appropriate to the story, and all information pertinent to that potential future book.

This is what signing a multi-book contract looks like.

Comfort Publishing, in Concord, North Carolina, will republish my first 7 titles after the original publisher could not withstand the economic pressures that have hurt so many small businesses.

The titles to be republished by Comfort Publishing include Newspaper Caper, Terror at Wolf Lake, North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott’s Cave, and Legend of the White Wolf. A new title, Barney and the Runaway, will also be published. Ingram and Baker & Taylor will distribute.

In addition, Comfort Publishing has contracted a first right of refusal option on another 16 titles and has expressed an interest in developing an extensive series with me. This could become a 24 book deal in the short term. All of these manuscripts are already written, although I'll be doing a revision on each one to increase the word count and to update certain information.

This is what the newest book will look like.

I’m also developing the Sam Cooper Adventure Series with Port Yonder Press in Shellsburg, Iowa. It’s a new step for me because I’ve found that writing a traditional series, in the same locations, with the same characters, requires a different set of writing skills.

Book # 1 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series is Lost Island Smugglers which will be published in July-August, 2010. This book will be followed with Captain Jack’s Treasure, and River Rampage. The plans call for more titles to be written for this series in the future.

This is what an endorsement looks like.

"Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!" Author Bill Myers

This is what my writing area looks like.

We carved out a corner in my son’s bedroom. He didn’t need all that space anyway. But the Michael Jordan posters that still hang on the walls, and the pennants from all the Chicago sports teams, don’t exactly fit in to the theme of a serious writer. Of course, he moved out years ago and is now an attorney in Chicago. I really need to do some major rehab of that room one of these days. But if you look again at the 35 boxes above, it hasn’t been a top priority.

None of this would be possible without the diligent work by my agent, Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency.

I began writing my action-adventures and mysteries, especially for boys 8 – 13, in late 2001, just after 9/11. They are equally enjoyed by girls. I did this, in part, because I grew up hating to read. Now, with the recent study released by the Center on Education Policy, which spotlights the difficulties boys have with reading today, my books could be coming out at just the right time to help fight in that battle. Even adults find these books hard to put down.

Kids report, “Reading one of your books is like being in an exciting movie.”

We are continuing to look for reviewers, and people of influence, who are willing to tell their peers, families, and circles of friends about these books. Over the next few years, there should be a substantial number of them.

I can be contacted at  


Max Elliot Anderson
P O Box 4126
Rockford, IL 61110

Other important links- Alphabetical

Bill Myers Author’s Page

Center on Education Policy (Study) Then, in the upper right, enter - Are there differences in achievement between boys and girls

Comfort Publishing  

Fifty Pages of Previous Reviews  

Hartline Literary Agency  

Lost Island Smugglers blog  

Max Elliot Anderson Author’s Page I know, it needs updating

Port Yonder Press  

Sam Cooper Adventure Series blog  

Terry Burns


James D. Maxon said...

That's more than a little endeavor, but how exciting of an opportunity! Congratulations, and may your pen stay sharp!

Grace said...

Max- You have accomplished what I've struggled the last forty years to do. No wonder agents and publishers won't look at my writing. Readers have your books to turn to, what reason have they to look at my books?

Nevertheless, congratulations!

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Kevin Andersen said...


Best of luck and continued success.

Donna M. McDine said...

Congratulations! Best wishes for your continued success!