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Why I Write Children’s (Middle Grade) Books

March 10th, 2015

Being an indie author isn’t exactly easy. You’re in charge of plotting, writing, proofing, editing, formatting, cover design, publishing, marketing, soliciting reviews, and so much more. Fame and fortune isn’t very likely, and the path you’ll travel on just to break even can sap your time, energy and motivation. But when a child who loves to read discovers your book and reaches out to you, it makes it all worthwhile. Here’s a recent email excerpt from such a young reader:

“I just finished the book Wishing Will, and i loved it. My favorite person in the book was nonnie. she was really funny. I was wondering if you might make another book like it. I chose to do the book as a reading project for school. I passed the book on to my sister. To quote her, “I can’t put the the book down I have to get to the end!” She can’t get over the part when Peske and Hollywood dress up like Tang’s parents. We both love it very much. Her favorite person is Tang. We were wondering how you thought of all of the descritions of the people. What made you think of color changing hair, pink haired grandma, or a jacket made of stars? I also loved the epilog on WORD. How do you come up with all the mystical creatures and the wish land? please write back.”

Promo 14My day (and often night) job keeps me plenty busy these days, but writing back this young woman was my top priority on the day I received her email. The following day, I received another email from the girl’s mother:

“Thank you for responding.  Apparently you have reached Taylor Swift status in my house.  :)  She wrote an amazon review just now and it should be posted by Amazon soon.  Both of the girls are SO excited you have a sequel in mind.  Apparently it is a very thrilling book that is keeping them on their toes.  Thanks again for the response I know you are busy.”

After an email exchange like that, how can I NOT keep writing?

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