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How Can Teen Writers Become Published?

“I’m a teen writer. How can I become published?”

This is a question I’ve been asked countless times. I, too, was once a teenager who dreamt of publication.

However, I quickly discovered that many adults advise against pursuing publication as a teen.

In some ways, I agree. Publication should not become the sole reason we write, nor should anyone rush to pursue it.

But if I only treated writing as a hobby, then it would’ve never turned into my career. If I hadn’t set high goals, then I wouldn’t have had the determination to push forward.

And I wouldn’t have received a publishing contract at sixteen-years-old.

No, I don’t believe that every teen writer should seek publication. There are several disadvantages of being a teen author.

But if you are a teen who loves to write, then it only makes sense that you would want to see your story in print. Just be careful that you don’t rush the process and neglect to learn the craft.

Before I held my debut novel in my hands, I invested hours into studying the craft, learning the industry, and strengthening my writing.

And now I am passionate about encouraging other teen writers. I want to share with you secrets and tips about the craft; I want to break down the publishing process so it can become achievable.

There is no better time than your teen years to prepare for your future—and this includes your career.

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So can teen writers become published? Yes. It may require sacrifices, but yes, teens can become published—or at least begin walking in that direction.

That’s what this column is for. I want to guide you, Young Scribe, through the world of writing.

So if you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments below!

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About Tessa Emily Hall - Dear Young Scribes

Tessa Emily Hall - Dear Young Scribes
Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second YA novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, released with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. Tessa also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her role as a Jr. Agent at Hartline Literary Agency.When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com.

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  1. Who was your publisher? Did you self publish or publish through someone? Which do you think is better?

    • Hi, Sabrina!

      My publisher was Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I met them at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference when I was 16-years-old.

      If you are a teen or beginning writer, my advice would be to first focus on learning the craft of writing and writing your book before seeking publication.

      As far as traditional vs. self publishing, I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both! I don’t necessarily favor one over the other.

      However, I don’t recommend taking the self-publishing route simply out of impatience or eagerness to see your book in print. The most important thing is that you are matured as a writer before taking the next step towards publication. Be careful not to rush the process for the sake of getting your book out there. Instead, focus on writing the best story that you can, no matter how long it takes.

      If you are a teen writer who is interested in being guided along the process of writing and publication, check out the new program I opened just for teen writers! http://www.tessaemilyhall.com/#!teen-writing-lessons/c1651

      Good luck, and keep writing! =)


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