Best-selling author, Sarah Mlynowski, visited Pullen Elementary on Tuesday, March 7th. Third and fourth graders, who love reading her Whatever After series and her Upside-Down Magic series, were enthralled as she talked to them about her childhood, her early writing experiences and the process of writing and publishing a book.
After an introduction by third grader, Ava H., Ms. Mlynowski quizzed the students about the fairy tales her stories are based on. When she was in elementary school, her favorite book was "This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall." She was thirlled when Mr. Korman came to visit her when she was their age. Then she told the students she first started writing back when she was in third grade. Her mother typed up the story for her and sent it to Random House. It was her first rejection letter. Ms. Mlynowski told the students she just kept writing. She majored in English Literature in college, worked at a book store and then got a job with a publishing house.
The students also learned about how collaboration works when writing a book (Ms. Mlynowski writes with two other authors on one series). She led the students through the process of thinking about an ordinary event and then putting a twist on it. She reminded them that when brainstorming there aren't any wrong answers. Ms. Mlynowski told them she outlines her story, writes her rough draft, edits it and writes some more. She emphasized that sometimes you have to keep writing it over and over to get it right. Students also asked about the publishing process so she explained how publishers buy a book from an another and explained advances and royalty payments. Following a Q & A with students, she signed books and took pictures with students.
Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times best-selling author of the Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, and the Upside Down Magic series, which she is co-writing with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in the kingdom of Manhattan with her very own prince charming and their fairy-tale-loving daughters.