"Been a fan of yours for a while but what made me so happy yesterday was when my 12 year old took Paranormalcy off my shelf...and is currently on page 226. I've never seen her read anything so quickly. Paranormalcy is all she's been talking about...the only other series she's loved this much is Percy Jackson. Everything else she stops reading after a few chapters. I've been waiting so long to find a book series that we both adore and can chat about :o) So...thank you :o)"
OH MY GOSH SHE IS THE CUTEST.
There is nothing--no awards, no distinctions, no reviews, no prestige--that makes me happier than knowing that young teens have fun reading my books, and that parents can share that reading experience with their kids. Moments like these are the absolute pinnacle of my career.
If you write for teens/pre-teens, if you wonder whether maybe you'd be taken more seriously if you wrote for adults, or maybe you'd make more money, or maybe you'd stop getting sympathy acne from all the angst you channel, please remember: IT IS WORTH IT. YOU WRITE FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEST AUDIENCE EVER.
Also I totally want her Pokemon shirt.