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Author Visit at JSHS Library

On November 14th, Junior High students were able to listen and meet local author, Isabel Sterling explain the writinLocal published author, Isabel Starlingg process. Being a novelist as an occupation may not strike some of our students as a job that may be feasible for them to consider, but Isabel was able to share how a girl growing up in Groton, now is a published author with a major publishing company. 

Part of her presentation went over the seven year process that she went through to publish her first book. She explained, “it is often a winding road. I started this process in 2012. It really took some patience to see the whole process through. There are different stages of editing that take time as well. For example, first there is content editing, where something in the plot or story line can change. Next there is line by line editing that looks for grammatical errors. Just like when you write in school there is a process and multiple revisions. As this whole process went on, I still worked my day job which right now is at the Cortland Lesiban, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Center."

Librarian Jacob Abbuhl arranged the author visit. Jacob said, “I wanted to arrange this visit so students can see an actual author, learn about the writing process, and what goes into making a book. It is a great way to show kids how they can use writing to make something that many people will enjoy. I also think her connection to the Cortland LGBYQ Center is a great resource for our kids to know more about.” 

Student Ava Chevalier said, “I wanted to listen to the author speak because I like to write and read but never really thought that being an author would be a job option. It is really cool that she writes books for kids my age. I definitely want to read her book. The main characters are teenagers which I think is cool!”

Isabel Sterling’s book, These Witches Don’t Burn is now available at all major retailers. Her next book, This Covent Won’t Break will be coming in June 2020! Click here to visit her website. 



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