By now, the world is abuzz with books for teens.
Kids are reading, writing, and doing what kids do.
So what do you do when your book doesn’t make it to your shelves?
You either write about it, or you don’t.
But what if you can’t do either?
What if your kids can’t read it?
What do you write about?
What about the kids?
What can you do to help?
The answer to that question is, I don’t know.
The truth is, we don’t really know.
I do know that the first few years of my life, I wrote a lot of books about my childhood.
I wrote about everything, every single one of them.
There are no “kids” in my books.
I didn’t write about anything else, and I don, and neither do the other writers.
I just wrote about myself.
And as I grew older, I found myself writing about myself and my kids.
I am, and have been, the greatest writer of my generation.
I’ve written about myself, I’ve talked about myself — every single word.
I write to myself, but I also write to my kids, and to you, and hopefully you will too.
So to help you make the most of your own writing career, here are the most important things you can do:Be a positive influence on your kids.
It’s the most powerful, and perhaps most challenging, task of all.
When your kids are reading a book, they can feel more connected to you and more in tune with you.
You can get a feel for what you like to write about and why, and how to put it together.
When you are doing a project, take time to share it with your kids, as they’ll love it and appreciate it.
Don’t put a book down.
If your kids want to read it, they will.
Don’a worry about it.
If they are tired, they’ll get bored.
Just make sure they are enjoying it, and keep reading.
I’m sure you can imagine how hard this task is.
Donate your time.
I want to say that you should, but you don, too.
If you want to contribute your time to your kids and your community, you should.
The most effective way to help your kids is to write.
Don and I will do our best to support your writing.
Help them understand why you wrote it.
Share it with them.
Make it available to them on their computers, and on their mobile devices.
Donations are so much more than just cash.
When I’m writing a book for kids, it’s not just for me.
It is for them.
And we can make a difference, if we do the right thing.
It’s time to start a blog.
The first step in that journey is a blog, but it’s also important to make sure you’ve got a list of books to choose from.
Make a list, then you can start making lists.
There’s no reason not to start now.
You’re about to write a book.
Your kids are about to read a book; you can be a part of their journey.
You can also find more books on the Nook Blogger and the Amazon Blogger, and if you are interested in learning more about Nook, I have a great article here.
It talks about the best ways to make a Nook blog.
I know this is hard to believe, but books are really great things.
I encourage you to read and share this article.
And if you have any questions about what you can and can’t write for kids or how to do it, I encourage your kids to ask me.
I am happy to answer them.