Write It Across a Kids’ Heart…
Beats Locking the Kids’ Hearts in a Dresser!
(Or Paying a Doctor $24,627.20 to Get Your Kid Out of Internet Addiction)
On the TV show, Once Upon A Time, the evil Queen (Mayor) has been ripping out the hearts of good storybook (Storybrooke) characters and either killing the hearts or locking them away in magic dressers to hold for later. It’s one of the most popular TV shows in the United States today.
Now, the new website “Emblazon” is promoting Tween books that are “Writing Stories on the Hearts of Children.” Some really wonderful authors want to write stories on the hearts of your children. Your Tweens, to be exact. Unlike the evil Queen and other evil characters in the TV show, Emblazon is harmless. Even loving. Here is what this once a month gathering is about:
Emblazon is a collection of authors–some indie, some traditionally published–who have each produced at least one children’s novel. Our audiences range from fifth grade to young adult, but we have a particular focus on ages 11 to 14. Some call them upper middle grade; others call them low young adult. They’re somewhere in the middle and can lean either way. We call them Tweens.
Me, I’ve been categorizing Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger in a completely new genre I’ve loosely named Young YA. My new genre encompasses any kid who gets a hold of a tablet or cell phone or laptop and downloads a book and reads it. I have found this age group to include ages 5 to 105. (Mary Baker, you see, is a book that was aimed at YA, includes four Tween-aged characters who overcome a difficult situation while having a blast of a magic adventure) and is attracting teens and adults for all kinds of reasons.
I’m joining the Emblazon authors, some of whom will be giving away free Tween books (yes, free), every fourth Wednesday for Tween the Weekend. Meanwhile, Mommies and Daddies, watch those kids and your tablet and cell phone! I was just reading The Telegraph article about a real and present problem of kiddies and Internet gaming addiction in the U.K. Toddler Internet gaming addiction. Something I never thought of 20 years ago.
Apparently something like half of parents in the U.K. allow their babies to play with cell phones and tablets, The Telegraph said. Dr. Richard Graham, who launched Great Britain’s first technology addiction program three years ago, said he believed there are many toddler Internet addicts. Parents in the U.K. who are concerned about this kid habit are paying up to £16,000 ($24,627.20 as of today) for a 28-day “digital detox” program designed by Dr Graham at the Capio Nightingale Hospital in London.
I see these troubled toddlers as future Tweens. Future readers of the Mary Baker books. By the time I finish the series, all these Internet addicted toddlers will be tweens. Will they still be buying ebooks? Or will Dr. Graham get them playing with toys instead? As Tweens, maybe they’ll be mowing the neighbor’s yard instead of reading my books. Where will all this end?
I say save your money, parents. Spend that $25,000 on our Tween books. It’s a much better investment. Magic fantasy adventures for young hearts and minds beat Internet reading detox treatments every time.