Fiction Books About Home Schoolers

The goal of this blog is to encourage more writers to write more fiction books about home schoolers for home school children to read.

Monday, March 25, 2013

King of Trees Series

William D. Burt has written a Christian based series of YA fantasy novels with a target audience of home schoolers.  You can read more about it at Amazon: The King of Trees.

He has also developed a companion Activity Book that homeschoolers can use as a study guide. It's filled with fun activities as well as chapter-by-chapter discussion questions and an answer key.  For more details see:

Sonrise Stable - Home School Series

Glad to see others making an effort to provide stories about home schoolers for home schoolers.

Vicki Watson has written a series of four books about home schoolers with horses.  Sounds like a fun combination.  What kid doesn't want a horse? I am reminded of a Patrick McManus story where he remembers as a young boy wanting a pony for Christmas.  His family was too poor to even consider such a gift, so he had to be satisfied with riding the neighbors pigs.

Book 1: Rosie and Scamper

Any you can find out more about Vicki Watson's books at

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Starting Your Home School Adventurers Book

This blog is an open invitation for writers to add to a series of adventure books about home schooled children. The target audience is young readers and families that like to read books out loud.  In the year 2013, I recommend going the self published route, at least to begin with. Finding a traditional publisher is becoming less and less relevant. Here are some of the problems you will have to deal with to get a traditional publisher to consider your work.

1. You will need a literary agent. Without a literary agent, it is very hard for your book to get the attention of a publisher. Finding a literary agent that is in tune with the home school culture is just as hard. If you read the education background and past clients of most agents, you will most likely find her (or less likely him) to be a liberal progressive.  Liberal progressive and home schooling are usually not closely associated. Most agents just don't get home schooling and don't see it worth the time to promote such books to equally liberal publishers.

2. Publishers are not likely to sign first time authors. Unless you are already a successful author, it is hard to get your book published.  We have all read the stories of successful authors who had their work rejected dozens of  times before finally breaking through. Going this route has a low chance of success.

3. Traditional publishing royalties are 5-10%, so if they sell your book for $10.00, you won't make much more than $0.50. You even have to buy your own book if you want extra copies.

Here are the reasons to go the self publishing route.

1. You keep control of your story and get it to market faster. Instead of spending months or years trying to find a literary agent and publisher, you can get your story to an audience as soon as your story is ready.

2. Self publishing is easy. This a growing and user friendly industry. You will be surprised to learn how easy it is to get your book edited and ready for publication, either in a print version or ebook.

3. Self publishing means you keep 70% of sales revenue, not 5%. Amazon and other ebook channels offer authors ~70% of the revenue.  There are number of ebook millionaires out there. While I am not there yet, my books resulted in a four figure income last year with growth every month.

Home schooling is not cheap. You may not become the home school equivalent of J.K. Rowling, but if you write and publish your home school story, don't be surprised that it will bring you some extra money every month.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Share Your Favorite Homeschool Fiction Books Here

People are emailing me their favorite homeschool fiction book titles.  I will add them to the comments as they come in.  You are also welcome to ad a comment with your favorite homeschool fiction books.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Home School Kids Want Stories About Home Schoolers

All six of my children, going back to the early 1990's, were home schooled. Many of them were avid readers who enjoyed reading stories about children their own age, but because all contemporary children fiction books back then were set in a regular school environment, my children were not able to ready stories that had home schoolers as characters.  This was understandable since home schooling was rarer back then. However, as the years went by and the number of home schoolers grew into the millions, I looked forward to finding fiction books about home schoolers. I found out it was harder to find than a Bible in a public school.

Recognizing an unmet demand, my wife and I wrote The Lost Da Vincis, a story of four home school siblings who "lose" their parents in a science experiment gone wrong.  The book tells the story of how they find their lost parents.

The purpose of this blog is to help readers find fiction books about home schoolers and also to encourage more writers to write books about home schoolers.  With modern publishing resources, it is incredibly easy to find an audience for books about home schoolers.  I welcome writers to consider adding to the Home School Adventurers series so home schoolers have a easy way to find books about home school children.