Self-Published Children’s Books That Made It Big — Alex’s Lemonade Stand

On a private writing forum, I was appending to a thread about self-published children’s titles that have made it big. I had heard this question before, “What self-published children’s books have done really well?” and thought that I would occasionally write a blog post on a successful book or books that were self-published. The first title I’m going to profile is, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand is the true story of a young girl with cancer, Alexandra “Alex” Scott who decided she to have a lemonade stand to raise money to help “her doctors” find a cure for kids with cancer. It was co-written by Alex and her parents.

They did find a publisher for this story, however in negotiating the book contract, the publisher commented that the book would be available for sale in two years.

“Two YEARS??” They asked. They couldn’t wait two years. Alex wanted to hold the book in her hands and the doctors were not expecting her to live another two years. The Scotts asked advice from other publishers and they were told the only way to publish the book faster was to self-publish. They knew nothing about self-publishing, but found an illustrator who inspired by their story, worked ceaselessly to illustrate the entire book in 1 - 2 months. The Scotts also joined PMA (now called IBPA - Independent Book Publishers Association). The short version of the story is that the book was published approximately 6 months later in May 2004 and has been a huge success. I know I saw a copy the other day in my local bookstore and smiled. I heard Alex’s mom accept an award for the book and learned all this info from her acceptance speech.

In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised over $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s family-including brothers Patrick, Eddie, and Joey and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. — from

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