be turned into an eBook for sale. From
2,500 words and up a teen can publish
their work by first signing up for an account, then by formatting and uploading their manuscript. 4 The formatting is
a little tricky, but there are many good
You Tube videos that can walk a student
through the process. 5
• With as little as thirty two pages, a teen
can self-publish in print on Lulu.com for
free. There are a lot of options on their site
so read all the information before beginning. To keep books looking professional,
use a knowledgeable parent or editor to
check the book before it goes to print. 6
Avenues for Sales
• A teen can promote and sell their books
by setting up a Facebook fan page, and
offer a link to purchase through PayPal.
By using Facebook as a platform, they
can showcase their writing to the nearly
two billion active users!
How to Nurture a Teen Writer
• Provide writing time and space for your
teen without distractions. If your house
is too noisy, most libraries have study
rooms available to reserve.
• Provide writing projects as a stepping
stone to building a teen’s writing craft.
Writing for SchoolhouseTeachers.com
is a great way to for them to spread their
wings. A teen can write educational materials either individually or with a team.
• Sign your high schooler up for an online
writing class, or seek out a writing mentor.
• Encourage your teen to follow an author’s
blog. Many authors fill their blogs with
“how to write and publish” articles that
are filled with advice.
• Encourage discipline and finishing a
project with fiction writers. Many cre-
ative thinkers can create all day but not
meet a deadline. To succeed as a fiction
writer, a young student will need both.
• Encourage your high schooler to write
daily and keep a word count that could
be spread across numerous writing projects. Two to four hundred words a day is
a good start.
Scholarship and Writing Contests
• Scholastic’s Art and Writing Awards offer a
host of scholarships from $500 to $10,000
to students in grades seven to twelve. 7
• Bennington Young Writers Awards offers
tenth-twelfth graders opportunities in
Helped Me Write a
by Shiloh Yazdani
Homeschoolers are often asked, “What
are your assignments like? Are they things
like book reports and tests?” To me, each
assignment was interesting, like my Junior
English project to write a short story.
The story would tell about a Paratrooper in WW2, but after starting, I didn’t
want to draw it to a close. I discovered I
really enjoyed writing.
Were I in public school, I would’ve
been told to end it. It was a short story
assignment, not a book. But thankfully,
my schooling wasn’t cookie-cutter.
I brought my question to my teacher
(also called my mother) and told her I
loved writing and didn’t want to end my
story. She changed the short story assignment to my high school project. I was
now to write a novel.
I finished Courage Through Faith, a
contemplative story of struggles, sorrow,
and courage in young men on both sides
If in public school, I may have never
discovered my love of writing and never
published this novel.
Homeschooling’s dynamic and personal approach let me find my passion.
Its personal interaction cannot be duplicated in a 30-person classroom.
I guess the best way to answer that often asked question is that homeschoolers
don’t generally do book reports, we write
Shiloh Yazdani is a 21-year-old author
and homeschool graduate, and recently
published Courage Through Faith, a novel of WW2. Available at Amazon, and etc.
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