Laurie Halse Anderson – Overnight success.

Joe had a video on facebook about a guy building a cool cottage in the woods, which led me to watch another video on U-tube about writer Laurie Halse Andserson’s writing cottage, which led me to read her bio. Thought this part was interesting… 

“Laurie Halse Anderson never intended to be an author. At Georgetown University, she majored in foreign languages and linguistics. She hit the real world with no idea of what kind of work she wanted to do. She tried everything, including cleaning banks, milking cows and working as a stockbroker. She hated all of it. Working as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer was a slight improvement, but she eventually quit to write books. After eight long, rejection-filled years, she has finally qualified as an overnight success.

“Laurie’s books for children and teenagers have attracted a lot of attention. Her first novel, Speak, was a National Book Award Finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor book, a New York Times bestseller, and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Publisher’s Weekly, called Speak “a stunning first novel,” in which Ms. Anderson “uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the head of an isolated teenager.” Speak has been translated into sixteen foreign languages, including Chinese and Catalan. In 2005, the movie version was released. In addition to novels, Laurie writes chapter books for elementary age children and picture books for the pre-school set. She received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given by the American Library Association for significant and lasting achievement in young adult literature, in 2009.”

I’ll repeat: Eight long years of rejections to become an “overnight” success.  Anyone who thinks writing books for children is easy hasn’t tried to it.

Well, back to work for me.

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