Monday, January 25, 2010

Teens + Reading + Writing = inkpop from HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers officially launched online today inkpop, which has the distinction of being the first interactive writing platform for teens backed by a major U.S. publisher. inkpop, created by HarperTeen to attract young readers and writers, combines community publishing, user-generated content, and social networking to connect rising stars in teen literature with talent-spotting readers and publishing professionals.

“What sets inkpop apart from other writing communities is the Editorial Board,” says Kat Musallam, an inkpop user. “Other communities only have that writer-reader interaction, but to have a panel evaluate your work is something that we writers—especially those who aren’t so familiar with the publishing world—can only dream of.”

Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled and the Printz-Honor book, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things says, “I would have loved to have a community like inkpop when I was a teenager. I desperately wanted to connect with people who liked reading and writing, to compare notes on a character or maybe even not feel so alone with all my words and thoughts. So as an author, it was a huge treat to be able to chat with my teen readers during an inkpop forum event. The inkpoppers came out in droves, with major enthusiasm and loads of questions.”

Please check out inkpop and have your students join this online digital community exclusively for teen readers and writers.

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