The smell of fresh paper and ink, the smooth feel of the book cover beneath your fingertips, the grin you get when you think about how your Mom is going to brag to all her friends....
Oh yes. It's glorious.
There are other reasons to help kids become published authors, though.
In today's job market, being a published author can make a HUGE difference in a job search, especially if that book is used in such a way as to promote the author.
So Little Johnny or Susie (or Teen Johnny or Susie...or, heck, even Middle Aged Johnny or Susie) can walk into a job interview with a leg up on the competition, even if they don't have the same level of job experience.
Being a published author is an impressive thing.
Here are a few reason why I feel it's so important to get kids (especially teens) published:
1. It gets them excited about writing.
It can be difficult to make kids realize how what they learn in the classroom can help them after high school and college. Understanding how being a published author can help them (plus seeing their work in print) can open up a lifetime of writing and a love of learning.
2. It can help them gain confidence.
How many adults have been published? Not many. Imagine how being published as a teen can be a boost to his/her self-esteem.
3. It shows them a number of career paths for writing.
It's a lot easier these days to make a living from being a writer than it used to be. When I work with schools, I let them know what kinds of ways kids can make a living from writing.
I work with teachers to help their students publish collections of stories (short fiction, non-fiction, etc.) for their students.
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