Teen girls get their own publishing imprint and web TV show
A new series of nonfiction books by and for teen girls is using web-video and social networking sites to reach readers – and new writers.
Louder Than Words TV debuts tonight at 8 with a live video-chat with editor Deborah Reber explaining how the new series came about, how the first three authors were chosen, and how other teens can apply to write their stories. You can watch the show live at KyteTV, among other places on the Internet.
Tuesday at 8, Marni Bates will answer live questions about her book, Marni, an account of how stress led her to trichotillomania – an irresistible impulse to pull out her own hair. The series continues each night this week, featuring Emily Smucker (Emily) on her struggles as a religious person with a chronic illness, and Chelsey Shannon (Chelsey), whose father was murdered a week before her 14th birthday.
The new nonfiction series of books is published by HCI Books, based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., a leading producer of health, self-help, addiction, spirituality and psychology books. It’s the company behind the ubiquitous Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Reber is the author of Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You, among other books for teens and young women, and host of the blog Smart Girls Know, which will also carry the live video-chat. The online TV show is another in the growing efforts by publishers to reach busy readers in creative electronic ways.
“The Louder Than Words online show is available for anyone to post in their blog or website,” says Reber, “which means, anyone can host the show and chat. So, the show will be carried on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, as well as on book reviewers’ blogs and magazine sites like Teen Voices.”
HCI’s Kim Weiss says Louder Than Words is meant to discover talented teen authors who aren’t celebrities but ordinary girls.
“The mission of Louder Than Words is to connect with teenagers on a deeply personal level by offering compelling real teens and real life experiences,” Weiss says.
Girls between 13 and 19 who are interested in writing and have a story to tell can submit a story or manuscript at Louder Than Words guidelines page.