Author Interview – Louis Sachar

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HOLES remains one of my favorite books, and I’m definitely not alone: HOLES won not only the Newbery Medal, but also the National Book Award, along with over a dozen others. But HOLES is far from Louis Sachar‘s only masterpiece: he has written over twenty other books for kids and teens. Most recently, I read THE CARDTURNER, a book which contains the strong emotional heart I’ve come to expect from his work.


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I’m so thrilled to have had the chance to ask Louis Sachar a couple of questions about writing and publishing. Be sure to check out all the ways to follow his new works below!


1. What is some of the best advice you’ve received about writing and publishing? 

Send your work to more than one publisher at a time. It can take more than six months sometime for a publisher to respond, and most of the time, if you are an unpublished author, the answer will be negative. That can get discouraging. I sent my first manuscript out to ten publishers at once, so even when it was rejected, I still had hope.


2. What is some of the worst advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?

“It’s nearly impossible to get published and you won’t be able to make a living at it.” I think it’s important to follow your dreams, but you have to be prepared for a lot of rejection.


3. What is something that surprised you about your career path?

I now hear from teachers and other adults who grew up reading my books and share them with their students and children. I guess it makes sense, but it still came as a surprise. It made me realize I was getting old.


4. What is one book–fiction or nonfiction–that you would recommend writers pick up?

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishaguro. I reccomend to everyone, writer or not.


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