A good friend of mine was recently telling me about her (almost) 13 year-old daughter and her poetry. She told me I needed to read some of these poems to believe them. (They're so good, in fact, that her teacher thought she plagiarized them; I thought you were presumed innocent till proven guilty in this country!) She also wanted to know how she could go about trying to get them published.
I told her I knew nothing about the poetry publishing world, but that they'd have to either find some publishers to approach or a good agent to represent them...or, they could just go the self-publishing route. I gave her information on a couple of options and she wound up choosing Blurb. Within a very short period of time, my friend had her daughter's poems loaded into Blurb and ready for sale.
Self-publishing rocks! Where else could an (almost) 13 year-old get their poems published, virtually overnight?! And btw, her mom is right. See for yourself by reading a couple of the poems in her new book, Thirteen: My Poems. Use Blurb's preview feature to read the one called "I Tried to Touch the Sky" and tell me this kid doesn't have remarkable talent!
The author's name is Annie Mackowick and it just so happens that tomorrow, June 11th, is her 13th birthday. I'm about to order a copy of this one for myself. If you'd like to make an aspiring author's 13th birthday extra special, be sure to order a copy of your own.
P.S. -- I have no financial interest in this. It's just my way of helping spread the word for a great service (Blurb) as well as an up-and-coming author.