Writing the Young Adult Novel

with Earl Sewell

Learn what it takes to become a young adult author!

Imagine receiving over 40 rejection letters for a book that you poured your blood, sweat, and tears into writing. What would make you persevere after receiving the fifth rejection? The twentieth? Or the fortieth?

Come hear native Chicagoan and young adult novelist extraordinaire Earl Sewell speak about his experiences in pursuit of fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a published author.

Mr. Sewell will give you insight into the industry, and the trademarks every young adult novel should possess.

Writing the Young Adult Novel

Saturday, May 24th, 11am-12:30pm

660 Manistee Ave

Calumet City

For more information, visit the event page on Eventbrite at https://ccplearlsewell.eventbrite.com.

About Earl Sewell

Earl Sewell was born in Chicago, and attended Columbia College where he studied creative writing. Later, Sewell pursued his dream of becoming a published author. However, after receiving over 40 rejection letters from New York publishing houses, he gave up on the idea and in 1990 entered corporate America.

Nine years passed before Sewell realized that he wasn’t living up to his full potential. His passion for writing was so overwhelming that he found it impossible to ignore his calling. He decided to take a leap of faith and start his own publishing company which he named Katie Books, after his late mother. He published his first novel in 1999 and sold several thousand copies of it locally. By 2001 he had a solid following and New York publishing houses were eager to purchase the rights to his work and distribute it nationally.

Sewell has written a total of seventeen novels over the past eleven years. His books have held steady positions on regional bestseller lists and have been featured in many publications, such as The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Upscale Magazine and Black Expressions Magazine.