How do kids publish books? Get your child’s poems, stories, and essays published online and in ebooks. Does your child enjoy writing? Have you accumulated your child’s art, poetry, essays and stories? In my house as the years went by my parents accumulated these items for three children. I don’t know what they did with those materials as we got older, but have I got some great ideas for you. So pull out the tubs full of your child’s art, poetry, essays and stories and separate them into piles according to category. Once you’ve got that done ask yourself the question, “Should I publish my child’s stuff for love or for money?”
Why should your child’s stuff get published? Think of the keepsakes your family will be able to look back on, think of the gifts you can give to relatives, think of Show & Tell Day at your child’s school (show off), and think about the sense of accomplishment your child will feel. Think of the times your child will share with other children to encourage them to publish, if they so desire.
Publishing For Love: This option does not require an ISBN number, a copyright and distribution options. It requires lots of fun, creativity, and imagination on the part of you and your child, Oh, and this website – www.tikatok.com. This is a wonderful website which allows your child’s drawings and/or pictures to be uploaded to begin creating their book. Your child will write their story, add their pictures and/or drawings, then create their book. Give your child some imagination assistance. After your child’s book is created you may order copies. You know what would be great gifts for family members? Is to present each one with your child’s book as a Christmas gift. Maybe, gift your child’s book to his or her favorite teacher.
Publishing For Money: This option requires much more work, an ISBN number, a barcode, a copyright and distribution options. Here are several Hubs on this subject:
The Importance of Writing Well
Ok, so let it be known that no one is perfect. Let’s jump right in. Today’s society requires that one write well and speak well. When a person writes well their reading audience is taken in, is captivated or shares with others what they have read. Good writing skills are required for the following:
- Report writing
- Reviewing of Reports
- Reviewing of Books
- Personal Letter Writing
- Crafting Query Letters
- Crafting Reference Letters
- Crafting Emails
- Writing Poetry
- Story Telling
- Crafting Resumes
- Writing Screen Plays
- Writing Autobiographies, etc.
Literary Success at a Tender Age.
- Best-selling teen author Michelle Izmaylov, U.S. A writer of fantasy-fiction books for young adults published her first title when she was just 11. Her second book, Dream Saver rose to No. 5 on Barnes & Noble’s daily Top 10 fantasy fiction best-seller list.
- Marley Dias is founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, and wrote, at the tender age of 12 her book, Marley Dias Gets it Done.
- Amelia Atwater-Rhodes from Concord, MA and born in 1984 wrote her first novel, In The Forests of the Night, when she was 13. Her second novel, Demon in my Eyes, became an ALA Quick Pick. She was named one to the 20 Teens Who Will Change the World by Teen People magazine.
- S.E. Hinton, who’s full name is Susan Eloise Hinton, was born in Tulsa, OK in 1951. She wrote her first book, The Outsiders, at age 16. The Outsiders was so widely acclaimed that S.E. Hinton was called “The Voice of the Youth.” This pressure and publicity gave her writers block for three years. She has gone on to write many great books for young adults.
- Joyce Maynard, U.S., An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back On Life (1972). Published when she was 19.
- Dorothy Straight from Washington, D.C., was only 4 years old when she wrote How the World Began. Her book was published two years later in 1964.
- Alexandra (Ally) Elizabeth Sheedy published her book, She Was Nice to Mice in 1975, when she was 12 years old.
- Helen Oyeyemi, Nigeria/ England, The Icarus Girl (2005). Written when she was 18.
- Christopher Paolini, U.S., Eragon (2003). Begun when he was 15.
- Françoise Sagan, France, Bonjour Tristesse (1954). Published when she was 19.
- Mary Shelley, England, “Frankenstein” (1818). Written when she was 19.
Source: Published Reports
Young writers’ programs around the United States
- NaNoWriMo Young Writers’ Program
- Agnes Scott: Middle School Academic Writing Learning (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Iowa Young Writers’ Studio (University of Iowa)
- Emerging Writers Institute Creative Writing Camp
- Sewanee Young Writers Conference
- Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writers Workshop for High School Students
- Alfred University Creative Writing Camp
- Emerson College Creative Writers Workshop
- CDWP Young Writers Programs (University at Albany, State University of New York)
- Kenyon Review [(A Workshop in Writing for High School Students (ages 16-18)]
- TellingRoom.org (Young Writers & Leaders)
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