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Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit and Academic Success

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Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit and Academic Success

Do you write stories? Or maybe you love to curl up in a corner and read books? Do you think you have the talent to write those stories and get them into print? How in the world do you go about doing it? YOUR NAME IN PRINT answers these questions and more. In today's world of blogs, homemade websites, school newspapers and more, it's never been easier for teens to find a place to get into print. As the authors say in the opening pages, "Kids today recognize the power of story, and many of them are experimenting with storytelling on their own."

Timothy Harper is a journalist who has written hundreds of magazine articles and eleven other books, and he's an adjunct faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He teams with his daughter Elizabeth, who is a freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio.

While you may not want to appear in print, the authors have a message for everyone with this book: "Getting published is less important than the process, discipline and goals involved in writing. Even for teenagers who don't want to be professional writers --- even teens who really don't care whether they ever get published anywhere beyond their school paper --- writing is something that can stretch their creativity and help them find their niche, and it's fun."

They cover the benefits of getting into print, such as opening doors for academic scholarships and other benefits, then what to write, where to get ideas and how to find the markets for those ideas. Also, they examine how to establish yourself in cyberspace and the method for moving to bigger and better markets. Practical matters, such as how to be productive doing research and organizing your writing space, are also addressed with separate chapters. The authors weave into the fiber of this book much more than their rich personal experiences. They turn to other frequently published journalists and authors for their insight and add it in the appropriate chapter. The last section of the book includes a broad list of websites where you can learn more about writing and in some cases start your journey to being published. The writing is a breezy, easy-to-read style with plenty of ready-to-do examples.

The Harpers are realistic in what you can and can't accomplish. As they say, "In truth, almost anyone can become a writer. But it takes more than time. And it takes more than good writing. You need to learn to come up with ideas for what to write about, do the research, to organize the material, and finally to write it in a way that is informative, or entertaining or both. Can anybody do it? Sort of. Anybody can try to become a writer. Anybody can write something and show it to friends and relatives. Getting published is more complicated." YOUR NAME IN PRINT shows you the steps with sound and wise advice. I highly recommend this book because it might open a new world to you.

Reviewed by W. Terry Whalin on May 12, 2005

Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit and Academic Success
by Timothy Harper and Elizabeth Harper

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2005
  • Genres: Reference
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 0312337590
  • ISBN-13: 9780312337599