No matter how small, publishing success is addictive.

Quite Happy.

When I was 9 I had a poem published in the local newspaper. The poem  was rubbish, but the rest of being in print was brilliant. No longer was I just the  skinny girl in her sister’s hand-me-downs. I was the skinny girl in her sister’s hand-me-downs with A POEM IN THE PAPER. I was quite the celebrity at Brownies. Ah, the chest swelling thrill of being CHOSEN.

I guess that’s why most of us holding out for  main stream publishing success don’t choose to self-publish. It’s not the same if you choose yourself.

Of course, like any addiction, each new high needs to be bigger, stronger. Since the dry-mouthed, heart bumping moment when Sophie Hicks offered to represent me, my addiction has risen to new heights. My needs are in a whole new league –  I take the scraps of feedback from editors, devour them hungrily, but nothing short of a deal will truly satisfy my cravings.  And now Son has embarked on this same journey of Print Addiction.

I suppose I should be a good parent and point out the dangers of this hazardous path but, instead, I am flagrantly encouraging him.

I encouraged him to join the Grubtown Press Pack . I encouraged him to enter the news story competition. I encouraged his utterly bonkers ideas and I helped him with his utterly bonkers spelling. Then  Faber and Faber got in touch to say he’d won a Special Mention, a copy of the latest Grubtown book  SPLASH, CRASH AND LOADS OF CASH and his article printed in a real live copy of the Grubtown Daily Herald. (If you wish to read the insanity that is Son’s writing, it’s page 4, his pen name is Variety Warp. Reality Warp might have been more appropriate.)

Well, he’s gone off to school this morning, clutching his newspapers with a glow of pride.

It’s a slippery slope my Son, but I’ll hold your hand if you hold mine.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarwat says:

    Brilliant and congrats to your son! This is how it all begins and an excellent last line (brought a tear to my eye!).

  2. abandonata says:

    Fantastic! Well done him 🙂 And you!

  3. kokorako says:

    Wonderful tale you’ve shared – and how cool to have a vocation at such a young age.

  4. Nick Cross says:

    And is this responsible parenting?
    Actually I think it probably is – well done for encouraging him! I thought the story was vintage Evans – if lacking a little of the nuance of your work 🙂

    The other day, my ten-year-old daughter said she might like to be a writer or a teacher. I pointed out to her that a sizable percentage of children’s writers do both!

  5. Debra Morse says:

    Congrats to your son. It is a brilliant path, this writing thing. Bless you for encouraging him. That alone is priceless.

  6. Lucy Coats says:

    Most excellent use of the materials to hand and barmy as a pile of breadbricks. Well done, Son! He’ll be writing about the Chicken of Time next!

  7. Well done Kathy’s Son! One day may you be as mad as your mother!

  8. Jenny Woolf says:

    Well done Variety Warp!

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