To inspire and enlighten the many young writers in our Write-Minded Community, we invited the teen author of One Chance and Two Secrets, host of the SF Writing Program - Sarah Frank to take over our Instagram for one day and conduct a Q&A session with young writers who are curious to hear more about Sarah's writing + publishing journey.
EVENT DATE: September 14th, 2020 (ALL-DAY)
GUEST SPEAKER: Sarah Frank (Author of One Chance and Two Secrets)
We have compiled a list of key questions along with Sarah's response to each in case you wish to review the takeover!
Q: How did you get your books published? What was the process like?
A: So I actually have attended - in elementary school and middle school - a summer camp in Tampa, Florida called "I.C.E.", which stands for "Imaginative Creative Explorers"; and we learned all different types of writings: it was super fun and I went every summer! And in the fall, there was this conference where everyone would come back together and there would be a guest speaker. In September of 2015, my current publisher was the guest speaker, and she had heard that I self-published a book of poetry back when I was in elementary school, so she asked me to speak on a panel of authors to answer questions. I must've done a pretty good job because after the event was over, she gave me her business card and she told me she was interested in publishing my book. My parents didn't believe me for a year and a half, but I finally signed my contract when I was in 8th Grade, and I got a publisher and an editor and we had graphic designs. It was so cool and it was such an awesome process! Then I came out of my freshman year, so yeah, 4 years start-to-finish (started in 5th Grade, published in 9th Grade).
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
A: First of all, aspiring authors must do two things: read a lot and write a lot. Those two things are so important for working in your craft! And also, I actually have a writing program with all of my best tips for aspiring writers which can be found @sfwritingprogram on Instagram.
Q: What is your favorite part about writing?
A: My favorite part about writing is definitely being able to completely creative and you know, just by putting my pen to paper I can take people on adventures. To me, that is the coolest thing and it's the power that I have in my words!
To partake in our future takeovers, please follow us on Instagram @writemindedcanada and you will have the opportunity to learn more about the writing industry + writing techniques!