I was self-publishing before it was cool

Once upon a time, when I was in elementary school, part of the curriculum involved getting the kids to write and publish their own stories. Some of the best books were even put into the school library's circulation.

It was quite an achievement to complete and bind one of these fully-illustrated, hand-written tales, and then get to read them to the class (or have the teacher read them to us.) Digging through my collection, I discovered I'd published seven works of fiction and one non-fiction in elementary school; a collection of poetry, a children's book and a comic book from high school writer's craft; and two French assignments, both in elementary school. There were also a number of other bound assignments not pictured above that I was nonetheless proud of. I think the whole spiral binding process was something that inspired me to become a writer. There was nothing like the cha-chunk of the perforator, or choosing the color of the binding rings to make it a "real" book!

Over the next little while, I hope to share with you some of the horrors that were my earliest works. Why? Because all writers start somewhere and I like to bring a giggle to you now and again.

So, which book do you want to read first? Leave a comment below!

For more of my juvenile works (age 6 and up), look under the Flashback Friday category.

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