Getting Published or Not

The kids and I are always telling stories. I tell stories to them. They tell stories to me. We tell stories together. A day doesn’t go by without some sort of fiction either being created or expanded on.

When they learned the concept of being published (thanks to Julie Compton Рmore details here), the oldest started asking if I could get his stories published. I explained that I was having a tough enough time getting my own stories published, and that I was going to wait on his for a bit.

Ever since then, the kids have been discussing exactly why their daddy doesn’t have a book published.

Last week, this all came to a wonderful climax. My oldest (the 7-year old) had given me a hand-written story, carefully printed out over both sides of a piece of paper. He stood and watched as I read.

“What about my story?” he asked. “Do you like it?”

“Yeah,” I said, handing him the paper back. “It was great. Absolutely fantastic!”

¬†“Huh,” his little brother said. “Why don’t you use his story then? I bet they’d publish it.”

“No,” the big guy said. “You can’t! You have to write your own story!”

“But why not?” the five year old asked.

“Stop!” I said before anyone got too upset. “I don’t need to use his story. I’ll write my own.”

“Are you sure?”

I forced myself to smile. “Yes. It wouldn’t be right to use someone else’s story. You have to write your own.”

“Yeah!” The seven-year old said sternly. “You have to write your own.” He turned to me. “But you could get it published for me, right?”

sigh.

1 thoughts on “Getting Published or Not

  1. Nana says:

    He told me a story at brunch yesterday…..

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