Self Publishing Author Spotlight: Dalton James

Dalton James is on a roll. Outskirts Press recently announced the publication of The Mudhogs, the third book Dalton has written and illustrated. It is remarkable enough that anyone has three books to his credit, but even more remarkable in Dalton’s case. He is eight years old. 

The Mudhogs is the third book Dalton has written and is unrelated to his series of imaginary adventures with his dad, The Sneakiest Pirates and The Heroes of Googley Woogley, both of which have received excellent reviews. Dalton has a knack for matching the imaginative reality of his peers in his clever stories, and any or all of his books are perfect gifts for a book happy eight year old to enjoy.
The Mudhogs is about Dalton’s favorite animals, pigs. Narrated by a tick named Fangs, who lives on one of the pigs, the book tells the story of a group of three friendly pigs who love to play in the mud, but one day find their mud has disappeared because of a recent lack of rain. The three friends try everything they can to make it rain, but they have no luck and so embark on an even greater adventure to different cities, states and countries to try put some mud back in their home yard.


Although ultimately unsuccessful in their search, the three arrive back home and are surprised to find everything they were looking for and in doing so, they learn a valuable lesson.

Dalton James is the quintessential young author and loves to give talks about writing to other third graders in local schools. He particularly appreciates it when he is paid in chocolate chip cookies.



About the Author:
Dalton is currently in the third grade and is illustrating his third book in his imaginative adventure series with his dad, Super Pete Saves the Day, while writing another book on pigs, Snouter Pig, and brainstorming the second book in his mudhog series. Dalton has a large collection of stuffed pigs of all shapes and sizes as well as his own small library of books about pigs.

He holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and likes to practice and enter tournaments. He also plays basketball, baseball and runs five kilometer races. Dalton wants to be a fireman, a policeman, a detective, a doctor or a writer when he grows up; depending on the day you talk to him.


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8 year-old Dalton James Dreams Big With Self Publishing

Dream Big… Write it Down!

Dalton James, eight year-old published author/illustrator of The Sneakiest Pirates and The Heroes of Googley Woogley will be giving an author/illustrator talk at Andersonville Elementary School today, May 13th, at 7:30 a.m.

Dalton will be speaking to the entire student body on what inspired him to write a book, how he goes about writing and illustrating a book, and what has happened to him since becoming a published author. He will be reading his newly finished and as yet unpublished book The Mudhogs to the students.

Dalton’s family, in conjunction with Dalton’s publisher Outskirts Press held a contest over the school year inviting children to write and illustrate their own books and submit them to Dalton. Dalton’s family, friends and teachers formed a committee to judge the books and the winner’s book will be published through Outskirts Press.  Nearly 180 entries were received.

At the end of his talk Dalton will announce the winner of the contest, who happens to be a student at Andersonville Elementary. The winner will receive copies of Dalton’s two books, The Sneakiest Pirates and The Heroes of Googley Woogley.  Outskirts Press will also publish the winner’s book within the next several months.

The Sneakiest Pirates, by Dalton James
The Sneakiest Pirates, by Dalton James

Dalton’s presentation will be filmed to make a DVD that teachers may request  for their classrooms so they to can present Dalton’s presentation for future students to further inspire children to read, write, and draw.  

The Dalton Family plans on holding a similar contest again next year in the hope that  even more children will aspire to writing and illustrating their own books for publication.

The Heroes of Googley Woogley, by Dalton James
The Heroes of Googley Woogley, by Dalton James
Way to go, Dalton. Keep it up! You’re an inspiration to us all.
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