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do you think that a kid could actualy wright a book?

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Hi, Wesley!

I saw your question in the question pool, so I figured I'd take it on. Can a kid write a book? Sure. There are plenty who have. The only question is what you mean by "kid." Do you mean a five year old or a twelve year old? Big difference on ability, because the five year old might have a really great story in their head, but haven't learned the TOOLS (grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation) that will make the reader understand the story. Those skills are really important to the writing process, because you have to take the idea and turn it into narrative and dialogue and characterization and flow. But once those have been learned, the sky's the limit! I could name you a dozen authors off the top of my head who started as teens or younger. One is Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, who published her first fantasy at 13. Another is the mega-selling author of "Eragon," Christopher Paolini, who was 15 when he wrote it. So, lots of potential. But you MUST learn the rules before you go too far, because it's much easier to learn them first than to go back and fix it later. Work with a teacher at school if you're really interested. I'll bet they'll help you work on your writing. :)

Good luck, and feel free to ask any other questions you might have.

Cathy

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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