my 11 year old daughter has writtn a book which would be the best publishers to

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    hollyimposted 7 years ago

    my 11 year old daughter has writtn a book which would be the best publishers to try?

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    MickSposted 7 years ago

    I taught primary children (5 - 11) for many years, and I've seen some good stories from kids, but I never saw writing from one of this age worthy of publication.  I know that sometimes we come across a prodigy, but that is rare.
    I once saw on TV a 12 year old boy who had a book published, after hearing the boy and parents in an interview, it seemed to me there had been an awful lot of parental sub-editing, who knows?
    There could be all sorts of problems in submitting your daughter's book to a publisher, we hear tales of even excellent authors being rejected, that is fine for adults, we have learned to take the knocks.  With a child, rejection at such a young age may nip in the bud a future talent.
    It's a hard dilemma.

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    hollyimposted 7 years ago

    Hi MickS
    thank you for that it's worth a discussion with her.  Who knows then,
    The story is hers she is coming accross parts of her story that are proving a triffle difficult to actually put into words.  I read every day and she does too always has, Her reading ability measured in 1st term of yr 6 was deemed to be age 16 (thats as far as school can measure)..  Her literacy abilities and vocabulary are greater than most of my Uni Educated Fully Life experienced 40+ friends with the added bonus of an amazing imagination. 

    I have to admit I am intrigued by the story and felt tears welling at a tragic part in the story as she tells it and I love the way she is planning it's end (she's approx 2/3's of the way through the draft).  I plan to help her when it's finished obviously but in the meantime I wont give her much as I don't want to spoil her flow. 
    Knowing my Girl, I think I will discuss the possible knock back with her and see what she would like to do which I think will be go for it, she is auditioning for drama parts anyway and is mature enough to say "I will probably get 200 no's before a yes so I will keep trying". 

    I have written to Michael Morpurgo on her behalf today for insight and to 5 Publishers just for general advice.  She isn't hanging her life on this one book, so I think the whole experience is a positive one, even if it doesn't get published, it's certainly going to be an achievement.  Thank you for your prior warning.

    Kind Regards