Today I gave a talk at the 2005 SSP (Sponsors of School Publications) Spring Conference at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. There were several hundred high school students at the conference. I was one of many local professionals volunteering our time to talk with the kids about turning writing into a career. When I showed up, I had no idea how many students would come to my session. And it had been a long time since I’d spoken with high school students. To my surprise, there weren’t enough seats for all the students who came through the door. These kids were really interested in what I had to say about publishing, since most of them worked on their school’s yearbook or newspaper staff. Some of them also had some writing projects going on the side, such as comic books, novels, or short stories. Some of them had already been published in magazines. They were also very curious about how I published my newest book Words With Wings. (I used a digital print-on-demand press called lulu.com.) It was a treat to work with such motivated students. Keep up the good work!
Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini is an award-winning author and illustrator. She loves visiting schools and sharing her inspiring story of publishing her first book when she was only 16 years old with children.