Teen Career Panel Series/Being a Professional Author

Submitted by TeenHQ on Wed, 07/28/2021 - 8:00 AM

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it"
--Toni Morrison

Do you have notebooks, journal, diaries, or word documents devoted to telling your own stories or creating poetry? Many people do, but not many take it to the professional level because they've let others convince them that they will poor broke artists. Who wants to be poor and broke? Not many people. However, these descriptors are not synonymous with being an author. It's all about your approach and your plan. Meet soon to be published by Viking books author Erica Martin.


Memphis Tennessee

Erica Martin was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She enjoys making a difference in the world through political activism, reading, and writing.

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When she’s not reading and writing, you can find her editing, baking pies, or re-watching The Vampire Diaries for the millionth time.


Erica Martin

Her nonfiction poetry collection, And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems, is forthcoming from Viking Books for Young Readers February 1, 2022.


Hear Erica speak on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM. She will fill you on her journey to becoming a published author with an agent and a two-book deal, and her editing career. Follow the link provided for more information about attending the virtual event. Ages 12-18 welcome!

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