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I want to get my novels published when I'm still a kid. Anybody here been published?

submitted by Frances T., age 11, Massachussetts
(January 27, 2009 - 3:15 pm)

No, but I've thought, and prayed, and looked it up, etc., and am seriously considering having my novel published [when I finish the story, that is...].  I would post a section of it, but for obvious reasons, that would not be the smartest idea.  So, I suppose everbuggy here will have to endure the wait while I finish it, and then enter it in every contest I can possibly find that may have something about publishing linked it.  AHHH!!!  That was a long sentence!  I can't have run-ons if I want something published!!!!  AHHHH!!!!!!

Old Cricket, do you have any helpful tips on where to search for how to get something published???  Thanks!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(January 27, 2009 - 4:33 pm)

Paige, I think it's pretty hard for anyone to get a novel publsihed, especially young people, unless you find one of those places you have to pay to do it for you. And that's very expensive. My best advice for young people is to enter Cricket League and inquire about Stone Soup and other publications that accept student work. A librarian might be able to help you find more places to submit your work.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but keep writing! I'm in the midst of reading all the January Cricket League stories about escaping a monster right now, and there are lots of good ones! Our readers are talented writers!

submitted by Old Cricket, age As old as , On a magic carp
(January 27, 2009 - 5:35 pm)

Paige, I understand if it makes you uncomfortable to post parts of your story, but can you tell what it's about?

submitted by Allison P.
(January 28, 2009 - 2:11 pm)

I don't really write that much but I've some friends that do and I think they should get their stuff published!!! That was really weird Paige, one second this thread was at the beginning of Inkwell and then it disapeared!!:):)

submitted by Bekah P., age 12 in 2 (a, North Dakota
(January 27, 2009 - 4:36 pm)

No, I haven't ever been published. But this person--who I am related to somehow--got her novel published! It's called White Lightning. Anybuggy heard of it? It's really good for her! She was only 13 years old when she got it published, now I think 15. Her name is Chelsea Christman. I think she did a wonderful job! 

submitted by Maggie S., age 12, St. PaUl, MN
(January 27, 2009 - 6:21 pm)

After exiting out of Chatterbox, I went and looked up Chelsea Christman, Maggie. I read an article about her and a review of her book. That's really neat how she got it published so young!

submitted by Allison
(January 28, 2009 - 2:10 pm)

Yes, I have been published before, a few times! I won't say where to protect my privacy, but here are some tips for getting published.

1. Start out small. You probably won't become the next J.K. Rowling on your first try. You probably won't even get your novels published while you're still a kid. Sorry to be discouraging. But there are a lot of other oppurtunities to get published. Stone Soup is a great magazine by kids. It is also very hard to get published in there, but it is probably more realistic than getting a novel published. Look into other magazines too. As Old Cricket was saying, enter some Cricket League contests. There is another magazine called Creative Kids that publishes work by kids. Highlights and New Moon are also good to look into.

2. Practice. Your chances of getting published will improve with your improvement as a writer.

3. Don't give up. It'll happen one day. Don't be discouraged by rejection. I've been rejected. 



submitted by Lena G, age 11
(January 27, 2009 - 6:44 pm)

Lena, you've been published? That's so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I understand you don't want to say where, but can you say how you went about getting your work published, like how you started? Also, would you feel comfortable posting what you had published? I read your story about Stella and it's really good, so I want to read more of your work! But if you don't want to, that's okay too! :)

submitted by Allison P., age 12, Orlando, FL
(January 28, 2009 - 1:58 pm)

So you all want to hear my long-winded journey into publication? Okay...


Well, I've been writing ever since I knew how to hold a pen basically, and I've always loved it! But around when I was nine or ten, I started getting interested in getting my work 'out there' because I want a career a writer one day. So I started writing some little things. I entered some 'Cricket League' contests, but I didn't win most of them. I just kept sending things out until I got it - my FIRST acceptance! That was one of the best days of my life, when I got that notice. It was also pretty great because after I got that one, my local newspaper got involved and did a story about me. Since then, I've been published a few other places and am waiting for some other things to be published. There are some really great books about getting published for kids that you can read. They are The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published, by Kathy Henderson, and A Teen's Guide to Getting Published, by Jessica and Danielle Dunn. The latter is really cool because the authors were teens when they wrote the first edition. 


I've gotten quite a few rejections in trying to get published, but the feeling of getting published is definitely worth all the rejections!!!


I'm sorry, but I really don't think I should be posting any work of mine that has gotten published, because the places that published it won't be able to make any money if people could read it for free on the Internet. Sorry!

submitted by Lena G, age 11
(January 29, 2009 - 8:33 am)

Will you tell us the name of what was published?

submitted by Undeniable, age Something, No where
(January 28, 2009 - 10:04 pm)

I have a friend who has a poem that is going to be published. She won this contest, and they took her poem to publish in this book of poetry for kids. I have written a lot of stories, but, sadly, none published. 

submitted by koffee, age 12, OR
(January 27, 2009 - 11:28 pm)

I hope to be published someday, too. I've never been, obviously, but I know of at least one book that was written by a twelve-year-old, so it's definitely possible.

submitted by Starfire, age 12
(January 31, 2009 - 7:14 pm)

I've been published in magazines like Creative Kids, Skipping Stones, Bookworm and Stone Soup (actually I just got my drawing published in Stone Soup). It is pretty easy to get published in these magazines; they accept articles, short stories, poems, and art. You should definetely submit to them!

submitted by Wolfgang, age 13,
(March 27, 2009 - 9:55 am)