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why is is so hard for teens to really publish a book?

Ianluv104 posted this thread...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

i think that adults dont think that teens are as good as them at writing, and they will barly give us a chance. what do u think?

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ApolloSilver replied...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Well, my experience with "adults" is thus: They know we are teens. 'teens' means older than 12, younger than 20. Now if you were to follow an adults logic that means we're old enough to babysit little brothers and sisters, but too young to be taken seriously about anything. And, I mean no offence to anyone when i say this but, if anyone were to look at Teens objectivly, they'd see a whole bunch of dumb kids that have made a serious mistake or two. Who hasnt?

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a_bunch_of_nuns replied...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I've heard that teens don't get as much of a chance at publishing because they don't think we'll stick with it. Writing a book means contracts, rewrites, etc., and apparently most adults think we would have enough stamina and drive to accomplish all these things and stay true to them. What they DON'T realize is that if us teens spend enough time writing a book, and took enough time to send it to agents/publishers, it means that YES, we want the thing to actually publish.

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LoudDreamer replied...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Well, the thing is, some of the really good teen writers(I inclued myself in that), like many other creative people, tend to be tempermental and unusual. Unlike adults, less than a quarter of us(I do not inclued myself in that) are developed enough in our maturity to able to deal with troubles and setbacks that come with writing and publishing, and publishers are not willing to go through them all and find the ones that are.
I am a brilliant writer, but I have something called "the curse of the novelist." Everytime I get to chapter five(sometimes it is when I finnish it, others when I start the chapter) my story dissapears. Gone. Vanishes. I have lost 22 book intros that way, it happens every single time without fail(don't you dare say back up copies, every single one had AT LEAST two back up copies). But that number would be smaller if, instead of pouting, screaming, running around like crazy searching for it, then giveing up and doing nothing for a month, then starting a new book, I had simply buckled down and re-wrote it using my notes. Not all of us can handle it, and they don't wanna look for ones that can.

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Will-Ed-Roe-III replied...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

loud dreamer lol this is why I write my books in en medias res. No need to worry about the first five chapters...I started in the middle of the book XD

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Cameandgonesmarty replied...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 12:18 am

well i think that not only do they think we're not good enough, maybe they think we're not MATURE enough :( which i think is wrong. Also i think the problem is also partly us. I know for myself that i have written a book but idk whether i want to publish it yet just cause i don't wanna get judged on it. I don't care really if people like it or not it's more that i don't want people to assume that i have been through what my characters have been through and thats why i'm writing about it. people don't understand that teens can get random ideas that are GOOD just like adults

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pulledheartstring replied...
Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:42 am

Well.. I'm a teen. I want to write a book someday. I just have to keep on writing. I find it difficult to stick to one plot.

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Jubilex replied...
Mar. 22, 2013 at 4:11 am

Experience? It is hard to write a book. Lots of time, effort. Appointments, deadlines. You'd have to be reliable, which can be hard with conflicting commitments (school takes up a lot of time).
And if you could fulfill those criteria, if you could take all the time needed, and be reliable, and committed, and take the words of your editors and publishers on board and handle all the pressure that comes with that, the publisher still would have to think that the book is good enough to sell.
Look at all the young people who think that writers don't intentionally include huge amounts of symbolism, foreshadowing, imagery, etc, into their novels. Maybe they don't always intend what your English teacher thinks, and it will probably vary from author to author, but there is often a very large amount of intent that goes into the way things are worded in novels. That's what writers do. I'm not suggesting that all teens are like this, because I doubt it, but it is something that tends to be common due to a lack of education and experience.
Teens are high risk and publishers are a business. They are trying to sell books. A high risk author is much less likely to pay off for them than a lower risk one. There are a lot of good teen writers out there, so it makes things hard, but when you get older, and have some more experience, and have written more, not only will you be less of a risk to the publisher, but you'll also be a better writer.

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Signed_DK replied...
Mar. 28, 2013 at 4:06 am

LIke Jubilex mentioned, publishing companies will expect a HUGE amount of literary devices, symbolism being the biggest one.
I don't want to be a huge pain in the ... *couhg*... but we as teens don't realize the figuritive size of symbolism. I am one of the highest scouring english/lit students at my school and until very recently I had absolutely no idea on the immense size of it.
I was awoken to it when I was going to write an essay on the Sybolism of an Apple. I thought it would be easy. Yeah.... right. 
Even before I looked anything up on the internet I had found problems with my topic. Apples, i firts thought of food, then snow white, then almost immideately encountered the problem. When thinking of Snow white I thought of how the queen was jealous of snow's beauty, so in turn, shw created a beautiful apple that turned out to be poisonous. That lead me into the whole underliying theme about how beauty can be dangerous and to always proceed with caution. That lead me into a whole other topic that lead me into another topic which I won't go on as to save my fingers from falling off.
The point is that we don't really understand the most misunderstood ploy that inhabits the use of possibly the most important literary device known to the history of man. Heck, as far as I know, most best-selling authors don't understand how it works either, but they know enough more than we do to actually be able to use it effectively.
That is an unmistakable reason that most publishing companies will not take teenage writers.

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QueenAnne replied...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I would guess probably a mixture of:
-Thinking we don't have the experience.
-We can't possibly be good enough writers at this age.
-We're not mature enough for the responsibility.
-We won't stick with it.
-Because of things like school, we won't have the time to finish it/ finish it well.

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