I know this may sound insane, but I went back to 6th grade last week. Why in the world would I do that? To market my story, of course. Though the idea wasn't entirely mine.
A few months ago, one of my writer friends asked me if I could write a Discussion Guide for my first book that she'd be able to use with a girl she mentors at a local middle school. That was the first moment I thought, "Maybe my story could be more than just an adventure."
You see, my #ElenaRansom book characters are based off real people that I've known in my life. And, even though this is a dystopian/sci-fi type genre that takes place 300 years from now, a lot of the typical teen angst situations are present throughout the series.
Because of that one request, I realized that I might be able to go into local middle schools to speak with students about more than just a book. I could go in to speak with them about... well... them. And guess what? It worked! It worked so well!
I had 2 events alone last week. At one school I spoke with 600 6th graders over the course of the entire day. I was SO tired, but I've realized something extremely important for the future of what I'm doing. I need to be in front of teens. All. The. Time.
I need to speak to where they are in their lives, and let them know there are others out there struggling just like they are. I'm finding that when a student can talk about what a book character is going through it takes the pressure off them trying to decide their own feelings. I'm finding that a lot of teens still like to read a good adventure story. And, I'm finding that everyone still gets excited about a plain, old-fashioned tshirt raffle!
If you are a teacher or know a teacher that would like to have me for an Author Interview, please let me know. I'm starting to schedule fall events now.
Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!