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Last Updated: Thursday February 10 2005 08:27 GMT

My novel has been published!

Emma and her book, Dragon Tamers

Ever dreamed of being a best-selling author?

Thirteen-year-old Emma could well be on the way to being just that as she has just had her first novel published.

It's proving a popular read too - 50,000 copies have already been printed!

Here Emma tells us how it happened and also gives some advice to budding young writers.

"I've been interested in writing since I was about nine years old.

In January 2004 I started writing a book with the aim of trying to get it published.

I found it very easy to write, the story all came together as I was writing it, I didn't have to think too hard about it.

Whole book

After I'd finished, I did some research on book publishers, using the internet and the phone book.

In the end I sent a few chapters of the book just to one publisher.

And they contacted me saying that they wanted to read the whole book.

The cover of Emma's book, Dragon Tamers
The cover of Emma's book, Dragon Tamers
I was over the moon, it was very exciting.

Proof-reading

After the publisher had read it he told me that they would like to publish the book. I couldn't believe it. I was so amazed.

But first it had to be proof-read. So my whole family read my book looking for spelling errors.

I've now had 1,000 copies printed and the publisher is going to print a further 50,000.

My book is called Dragon Tamers and it's about a girl called Carol who starts playing a computer game called Dragon Tamers. She suddenly finds herself in the game and she has to try and find a way out.

I like computer games and I know a lot of children my age also do; so I thought this would be a good theme for the book.

All my friends are really excited for me. And they enjoyed the book too!

Notebook

I'm always writing in my spare time and my advice to any writer would be to always have a notebook and pen handy just in case an idea comes to you and you need to write it down straight away.

Keep a notebook handy for ideas
Keep a notebook handy for ideas
My other advice would be to never give up, even if it takes a while to find the right publisher, you will find someone who likes it.

Sequel

My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling and Philip Pullman. I think they're really imaginative writers. And that's the style that I like to write in too.

I'd definitely like to be an author as my profession when I'm older.

In fact I'm already half way through writing my next book, the sequel to Dragon Tamers."

Emma, 13, Inverness

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