Have I told you how awestruck I am by writers who publish in their teens? There are so many reasons to admire kids like this but my main reason comes down to something my husband bugs me about. “Output, not input” he says to me when he thinks I’ve been wallowing in my book pile for too long and not actually writing anything. It’s kind of profound, really. Output.
I like it because it represents, yet again, what is wrong with the way we school our kids, especially when it comes to literature and the media. Kids spend hours inputting other people’s work and almost no time outputting their own. Why not write books in English class, why not make history instead of studying it?
Kids who write, kids who get published, they understand. So I’m dedicating this Terrific Teen Tuesday to a shameless plug for my teen friends over at TeenEyes Editorial. Kate and Taryn are a couple of young women who have both interned at major publishers and agencies and are well on the way to being published themselves. In the meantime they offer an excellent editorial service at very reasonable rates. Kate recently gave me some great notes on a middle grade novel that my agent sent out to five publishers just today!
Thanks Kate and Taryn! You guys are terrific.