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What is popular in Spanish in Amazon today?

Popular in Spanish in Amazon today


May 24th, 2014.- What is popular in Spanish in Amazon today regarding YA and Children’s eBooks? This is a little report that I hope I can bring to you periodically, so you will have more information to decide how your own book could do in Spanish. A word of warning, though: I will only talk about some eBooks and I will certainly not cover everything that is out there.


In the first place of the list in Amazon Mexico we find “Divergente” the Spanish translation of “Divergent“, written by Veronica Roth. “Divergente” is the first part of a trilogy, now completely available in Spanish. The trilogy is certainly selling well in Amazon Mexico and what is more interesting is that the eBooks in Spanish seem to be a good marketing vehicle to promote the eBooks in English, since the “The Divergent Series Complete Collection“, available only in English, is also a hit in Amazon Mexico. My guess is that Latin American fans who have read the Spanish version also buy the English Collection to re read the stories and find out if they missed something. Veronica is also at position number 12 in the Mexican list with her book “Four: The Transfer: A Divergent Story,” available only in English.

El hallazgo

In place number 4 today I found “El hallazgo,” a science fiction book written by a Carter Damon. Oddly enough, I did not find any books in English from Carter Damon. Could he be a Latin American writer using a pen name? I don’t know. This eBook seems to be an adventure dealing with an intergalactic war.

Maze Runner 1 – Correr o morir

One of my favorite stories ever, Maze Runner, by James Dashner, is always doing well in Spanish. Today he appears in position number 13 in Mexico, but he is constantly in the top 100 with one book or another. As is the case with Divergent, most of the Maze Runner titles are available in Spanish, nurturing a new market of Spanish speaking fans in all Latin America.

Mi nombre es Stilton, Geronimo Stilton: Geronimo Stilton 1


In number one in the 9 to 12 years old children category, we find the Spanish version of good ol’ Geronimo Stilton. Geronimo has carved himself a nice little niche in the Spanish market, specially since he does not appear in the same place in Amazon US, where the first place is occupied by… Rush Limbaugh??


God, I think I will stick with the Latin American Market.

No me lo vas a creer

Finally, one of my favorite books, “No me lo vas a creer” by talented Alicia Molina, is popular in Spanish in Amazon today. I have only read Alicia in Spanish and I could not find her books available in English, but to me, she constitutes an excellent example of what is being produced today in Spanish for Children’s books. “No me lo vas a creer“, which could roughly be translated to “You will never believe this” tells the story of Juan, a kid who is always late to school, but who always has an incredible story to justify his tardiness.

Do any of these eBooks sound like something you have today in English? Do you see yourself or your books in the Latin American market?

Think about it.



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I can’t seem to sell my Children’s eBook character!

You have created a lovable Children’s eBook character who is both tender and funny, perhaps inspired on someone you knew once, or made up totally from your imagination.  Yet, no one seems to get it: the publishers don’t want to publish the book or even if it is self published in Amazon as an eBook, the readers are not buying it. You thought maybe your creation needed more time, but some months have passed now and still, there is no action!

Is there something terribly wrong with your characters? Not necessarily. Maybe they just need a little tweaking, or maybe they are just fine!

We’ve all heard the stories about Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling: how they got rejected time and time again and how they were ready to quit when they finally got their break. Just the other day, I was thinking about another amazing pair of creators who had to endure some tough times before their invention got approved. Do you remember Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster? They created a man dressed in blue called Superman.

Granted, Superman is not a Children’s eBook character, but he is the most famous superhero. And many many years ago, superhero adventures were meant to be read by children.

What most of us don’t remember is that the first version of Supes was created in 1933, five years before he was finally published by DC! The funny thing about that first Superman is that it was totally different from the man we know today. He was a bald villain trying to conquer the world and it was published as a short story in a small magazine the two kids had, simply called Science Fiction. The piece was written by Siegel under a pseudonym and illustrated by Shuster. Take a look at it below:

The Reign of the Superman

But it was clear even to the two young fellows that a villain would have a limited lifespan. What they needed was a good guy. After some time, they created The Superman, a dude with good intentions and some amazing powers.

The Superman

It is reported that this guy, now in a comic book format,  had no uniform and that he was just walking around in a T-Shirt and some pants. The Superman almost got published by a real comic book publisher… but he didn’t. Joe Shuster was so frustrated that in a fit, he destroyed all the art of his creation and only the cover depicted above was saved by Siegel.

Close, but still no cigar.

Sometime would pass before the pair finally came up with all the features that distinguished Superman from all the other characters that had come before him: the powers, the alien origin, the suit, the S on the chest, the secret identity, the girlfriend and a very long etc.

And was he an immediate, incredible success? Well, no…

Already in his final and most known form, Superman started doing the usual publisher rounds that the Children’s eBook characters probably do today. Some people said he was “too incredible.” Some other said he was “not incredible enough.” He was called an “immature creation” by yet some others and he ended up in somebody’s drawer in a company related to a publisher called “Detective Comics”.

By now, several years had passed and the two creators had been forced to take up on several odd jobs. These were difficult times, but Siegel and Shuster never stopped believing Superman was “The Most Astounding Fiction Character of All Time”.

Then, in 1938, when DC wanted to publish a new book called “Action Comics” and they had no material, someone said something like “Well, we do have Superman,” and they thought that Superman was better than nothing. This is Superman we are talking about, here. And someone thought that it was better than nothing. 

Good ol’ Supes appeared in Action Comics No. 1. As they kept pushing new numbers out, Action Comics became a success, but nobody at DC seemed to know why. Legend has it that, to find out, some executive went to the nearest place selling the comic book and asked a kid buying Action Comics why was he getting it. The kid turned around and said “Because it is the one that has Superman in it, mister.”

From then on, nobody doubted the Big Blue Boy Scout. He has been going stronger everyday since day one.

So, what does that have to do with your Children’s eBook character? I see some teachings here:

  1. Don’t quit if your story or your character don’t become instant successes. Sometimes, all they need is an extra month, an extra year, or an extra five years.
  2. Sometimes, you do need to do some little adjustments. But, not necessarily what others are saying, but what your heart tells you to do.
  3. Never, never lose faith in your own creations. Always believe that they are the most fascinating children’s characters since Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Have you had a similar experience? Are your characters struggling to find success? Have you made some small or major changes? We would love to hear about you and your Super story! Do share!



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eBook review: “The Girl Who Couldn’t Draw”, written by Rosemary Rivera and Illustrated by Mario J. Menjivar

the girl who couldnt draw


A Tale of Optimism

Sometimes in life, if you are lucky enough, you will meet someone who will bring light into your life; a person who has an unbeatable smile and an easy laugh, even in the worst circumstances. If you are even luckier, you will be able to keep that star around you for some time, to shine some light into your path.

Myra, the girl who couldn’t draw, is just like that: a portable sunshine hiding behind the biggest and most beautiful smile; a tiny treasure with pony-tails.

Myra’s teacher has decided to run a contest for the best drawing on what to do on a sunny day, and she is sure she will win. You see, one of the most wonderful treats about Myra is that she will never concede that she is the girl who can’t draw. And to tell you the truth, I don’t really care if Myra wins the competition or not; she has already won my heart with her happy smiles, her funny ideas and her crazy fantasies. And you know what? I don’t think she cares much about winning that school contest either…

This book is really a delight to read from the first to the last page; the text by Rosemary is funny and cheerful and the illustrations done by Mario are wonderfully polished and hilarious.

I declare myself a Myra Fan and I demand a second book about her.

Pick up your copy now: It will surely improve your mood and make your kids laugh with Myra´s adventures.

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eBook review: “The Girl Who Couldn’t Draw”,
escrito por Rosemary Rivera e ilustrado por Mario J. Menjivar


the girl who couldnt draw


Un cuento de optimismo

A veces en la vida, si tienes suerte, te encontrarás con alguien que traerá luz a tu vida; alguien con una sonrisa invencible y una risa fácil, incluso en las peores circunstancias. Si tienes aún más suerte, podrás mantener esa estrella a tu alrededor por algún tiempo, para que le dé un poco de luz a tu camino.

Myra, la chica que no podía dibujar, es como eso: un sol portátil escondido detrás de la sonrisa más grande y bella; un pequeño tesoro con colitas de caballo.

El maestro de Myra ha decidido realizar un concurso para premiar el mejor dibujo que muestre qué hacer en un día soleado, y ella está segura de que va a ganar. Porque sabrás, que una de las cosas más maravillosas acerca de Myra es que ella nunca va a admitir que ella es la chica que no puede dibujar. Y la verdad, a mi no me importa si Myra gana el concurso o no; porque ya ha ganado mi corazón con sus sonrisas de felicidad, sus ideas raras y sus fantasías locas. ¿Y sabes qué? No creo que ella se preocupe mucho por ganar ese concurso escolar tampoco…

Este libro es realmente una delicia para leer desde la primera hasta la última página; el texto de Rosemary es divertido y alegre y las ilustraciones realizadas por Mario están maravillosamente pulidas y divertidas.

Yo me declaro un fan de Myra y exijo un segundo libro sobre ella.

Compra tu copia ahora: Seguramente va a mejorar tu estado de ánimo y hacer que tus hijos se rían con las aventuras de Myra.

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