Question: I am twelve and am writing a fantasy novella for teens. I wanted to know if maybe you could give me some advice.

  • Do you know any publishers who would consider publishing a twelve year old with out me having to send my story to them?
  • What inspired you to write Shiloh?
  • Do you know if it is possible for me to be published?
I would really appreciate if you wrote back. Shiloh inspired me to write because it made it seem so possible. I am not saying this is easy. I am at my 117 page typed so it is pretty long, so far. I feel like it is only beginning too.
Phyllis replied:
What an editor is really interested in is the story:  Is it well written?  Does it have spark and originality?  Does it make you want to turn the page to see what happens next?  It doesn’t matter how old you are.  It matters somewhat how long it is, because it might turn out that it needs a lot of editing and would work better as a short story than a book.  But most of all, it needs to be written and revised and edited over and over and over again until there are no sentences or words that don’t have to be there, until every major character is well defined, until all the various scenes hold together into one theme, one whole.  This is not meant to discourage you, but rather to let you know that no matter how old or young a writer is, no matter where she lives, no matter whether you have been published before or not, if a manuscript is good enough, it will find a home with a publishing company.   Keep writing!  (I was inspired to write Shiloh because of a little mistreated dog I found in West Virginia).
Posted on: April 8, 2009


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