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Your Kids Can Be Published Authors

Last Monday, I wanted to write a blog post about a great children’s store I stumbled upon, but I caught the stomach flu. Drafting the blog in my head was as far as I got–I didn’t have the energy to open my laptop, let alone type. This week I’m back at 100%, and I’m ready to talk about Scribble Press. Check it out: you bring your kids to the store–a fully equipped art studio–where they write and/or draw their own story. With printing and bookbinding on-site, your child leaves with a real book.

Oh, my. I would have LOVED something like this as a kid. I remember drafting my first book in grade school. I scrawled it in pencil on one of my dad’s yellow legal pads. I’ve since misplaced it, but I recall the story. I titled it “That Dumb Old Piece of Hair” and it was about a woman who had a strand of hair that stuck up out of place. She tried all different ways to fix it (wearing a hat, taping it down, etc.), but nothing worked. In the end, she accepted her flaw and even grew to embrace it. On each page, I drew stick figures of her failed hair-taming adventures.

Scribble Press was founded by two moms. In addition making books, ($15 and up), your kids can participate in workshops, parties, and classes. So far Scribble press has locations in Los Angeles and New York, but you can order an Author’s Toolkit ($28.95) online and make a book from home. I couldn’t tell from its website if they use paper with recycled content and/or paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or Sustainable Forest Initiative. Greening the industry is one direction I hope more book publishers will embrace, regardless of whether the books are published by adults or tiny tots.

Do your kids like to write books? What stories do they tell?

About Jenny Rough

Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com

Comments (10)

thanks so much for the great review, Jenny! And for the reminder that we should put information about our paper. Our main paper stock - used in 80% of our books - is FSC-certified and has a high percentage of post-consumer stock (Mohawk is the brand we use). All of our stores recycle. we are also launching digital books this week - so you can share books you make digitally rather than making multiple copies. I'm going to write up a complete report on our paper usage for our website - thanks for bringing this to our attention and for visiting Scribble Press!
Anna, Thanks for the info - so glad to hear about the FSC-certified paper.
I love this idea! (And I'm still laughing over "That Dumb Old Piece of Hair.") Thanks for sharing, Jenny!
Laura, I'm glad someone appreciates my story! :)
Do they offer services for folks like me who are not children (at least not chronologically) and can't manage to sell their manuscripts to publishing houses? ;-). My kids got something similar in a kit from their aunt and were so excited that they would be published before me! I love that there's a place to do it in person! We need one in Seattle.
Kari, When I first saw the store I thought it was some sort of adult writing community place. Then I walked inside and saw all the little chairs. Too funny about your kids being excited about being published first.
I really liked your article.Much thanks again. Awesome.
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WAY back when, the studios had to dissolve their vertical monopolies: they owned production studios, distribution companies and theater chains. They divested themselves of the theater chains, and largely kept the rest.
I think you should bring That Dumb Old Piece of Hair back. Pitch it around. Sounds like a gem!
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