Serious regarding presenting a high standard of work. The reviewers comments were pertinent and constructive.
Sixteen when I wrote it, seventeen when I sold it, eighteen when it came out.
Did your age factor into marketing? Only very slightly and occasionally. Simon Pulse, August I never liked it.
There is always going to be a first book for all writers, and many many many will not be as enamored with it as they are with their most recent stuff. Simon Pulse, April Do you think that your age factored into getting a book deal? So make of that what you will. Being twenty-two holla, Taylor Swift with 9 contracted books and 6 on shelves is still pretty weird to a lot of people.
Roaring Brook Press, April The style is different, on a sentence-by-sentence level.
I write fantasy and stuff with female main characters now, and those are things I never thought were for me. Do you have any advice for kids who want to be teen authors? What I would say more than anything is to not be so anxious about the passage of time.
Want it tomorrow for as many tomorrows as it takes. Do you have any advice for first time authors currently in their teens? Way to go on being a first-time author. It was my 7th grade English assignment, so I was 12 when I wrote it, 13 when I signed the contract, and 14 by the time it finally came out.
I was very up front about that in my cover letter. In fact, I considered it a selling point. Scholastic Paperbacks, Reissue Edition, May Certainly my age was central to all the blurbs and author bios created for the book.
If there were publishing people who thought less of me because of my age, I had the advantage of being too naive to realize it. It was a little awkward to be the youngest person in every room, but that was kind of an education too. I developed a firm handshake and learned to look people in the eye.
One of the huge advantages of starting young is you get to skip the part of your career where you drive a taxi or wait tables while you wait for your books to become profitable.
I was lucky enough to cruise through those years as a high school student. Well, my first book was published inand I turned 20 in Of course, it took a while to develop the perspective and distance to see that!
Some major style points have persisted from my teen author days as well. I continue to love a fast-paced story, often told with a lot of humor.
Scholastic Press, July Most authors my age and older kind of fell into our careers more or less by happenstance, but when you talk to the younger wave, you see a group of people who always wanted to write for a living, and set themselves on this path at a relatively tender age.
Do you have any advice for first-time authors currently in their teens?
I had a lot of great successes as a young writer, but when I think back to those days, my overpowering memory is one of impatience. MarniBates How old were you when you sold your first book?Michelle Medlock Adams.
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than one thousand articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites, helped pen a New York Times Bestseller, and served as a blogger for Guideposts.
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