The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is Laura Brooke Robson, author of The Sea Knows My Name, out now.
To seventeen-year-old Laura:
You're on book number four right now; that probably sounds like a lot, but you're not going to get published until book number seven. You don’t tell people about these books because you’re afraid it will sound earnest, sincere, and hopeful. It’s all of those things. That’s okay. I know it's embarrassing to take yourself seriously. Do it anyway.
Also: Keep reading.
Consider reading, once in a while, something other than YA fantasy, even though this is what you'll end up writing. (Don’t worry.) But read books for kids, too, and then books for adults. Read poetry. Read nonfiction and read folklore. You can learn a lot about writing from YA fantasy, but I promise you'll enjoy the other stuff, too.
Also: Keep living.
Laura as a teen