Publishing a book is no easy feat. Yet, Brooklyn eighth grader Angela Content has recently achieved that accomplishment not once, but twice.
“At first she said, ‘Mommy, I’m going to write a book. I’m writing my own book,’ I said, ‘OK.’ She said, I’m going to publish it. I said, ‘OK,’” the 13-year-old’s mother Marie Content told CBS 2.
To Marie’s surprise, that is exactly what her daughter did through the website CreateSpace.
“And then finally one day she said, ‘Mommy, my book is going to publish. I already transmitted everything — it’s going to take 24 hours, they’re going to review it.' I said, ‘OK,’” Marie said. “And then the next day, I heard it’s on Amazon. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’”
Angela’s two novels, the sci-fi fantasy Awake and Alive and the romance Shattered, are currently on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and several other websites. Her book sales have brought in a few hundred dollars that gets immediately funneled into her college fund.
“I was just excited,” Angela said. “I was like, ‘I’m so glad it’s over with.’ It was really, really hard.”
The middle school student worked on each book for about three months and always writes her novels by hand to help her stories flow. Though writing and publishing might be difficult, she is currently working on two additional books that she aims to publish by this summer.
Marie attributes Angela’s remarkable accomplishments and her love for books and writing to the strict TV and Internet policy she enforces at home.
“I wish all the parents can do the same — keep the electronic stuff away from the kids and talk to them more; hear what they have to say,” Marie said.
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