YA Librarians

Sherry Handel
Young Adult Workshops

Sherry Handel, an experienced young adult publisher, editor and author of Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying, and Doing (Blue Jean Press) offers Young Adult Workshops at libraries across America. Sherry Handel brings eight years experience as an editor and publisher of teen writers, artists, and photographers. Workshops are 90 minutes in length. For booking information contact Sherry Handel.

Handel's Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying, and Doing is featured as a resource for young adult librarians in the book Library Materials and Services for Teen Girls (Greenwood Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians) by Katie O'Dell (Libraries Unlimited, 2002).







Young Adult Librarian Testimonials:

"So many young people dream of becoming published authors, yet most have no idea of how to go about making their dreams become a reality. Sherry Handel's presentation provided our young writers with the tools that they would need in order to begin their publishing journey. Sherry encouraged them, yet she was careful not to sell them pipe dreams. Realistically getting published takes hard work, patience, and a little luck; Sherry let them know that. Sherry also let them know that rejection does not equal failure."

-Katrina Pollitt, Youth Services Librarian, Joliet Public Library, Joliet, Ill.



Young Adult Workshops:

"Teens Get Published!"

Provides a general overview about the places where teens can submit their work for publication consideration, and how the submission process works. Teenagers learn how to submit their short stories, poetry, articles, manuscripts, personal essays and artwork to magazine, online and book publishers. They'll hear first-hand from an expert about the common mistakes teens often make when submitting their work. They'll better understand what editors are looking for and increase their chances of getting published!

"Teens Get Your Creative Writing Published"

More and more teens are writing poetry, short stories and fiction books, but they don't know how to go about getting their work in front of the right publishers. In this workshop teens will learn how to determine which publishers to approach, how to approach them, and what research they can do to increase their chances of having their work read and seriously considered. Examples of successfully published teen fiction writers will be shared to inspire and encourage aspiring teen writers!

"Teens Get Your Non-Fiction Writing Published"

Teens that love to write non-fiction articles and are planning on writing their own non-fiction books need to know know how to go about getting their work in front of the right publishers. In this workshop teens will learn how to determine which publishers to approach, how to approach them, and what research they can do to increase their chances of having their work read and seriously considered. Examples of successfully published teen non-fiction writers will be shared to inspire and encourage aspiring teen writers!

"Teens Create and Promote Your Own Zines"

Creative teens are attracted to the do it yourself trend of self-expression found in self-publishing their own mini-magazines, also know as 'Zines'. They'll learn what the steps are to create and publish their own zine. Examples of zinesters' zines will be shared with details on what makes each one successful. They'll learn how to publish via a photocopier and how to incorporate artwork, creative writings, poetry, journal entries and even to accept submissions from friends. A true zinester also needs to know how to promote their zine to attract subscribers and readers, which is covered in the "Market Your Zine" portion of the workshop.

"Create and Promote Your Own Web Site, or E-Zine"

Internet savvy teens are flocking to the web and testing the waters of publishing their writings and creative works online and in e-zines. This do it yourself trend of self-expression is growing tremendously. Teens can learn what the steps are to set-up their own web sites, find the right hosting company, publishing using FTP software and more. Examples of teen web sites and e-zines will be shared with details on what makes each one successful. They'll learn how to promote their site to attract readers and contributors. The importance of privacy issues will be discussed as it relates to email, PO Boxes and other means to protect the publisher.