Publish a Book?

Question:
So, I write stories. I write stories, and then I write more. I’m only 13, and it feels like, I can’t do anything at this point.  But, writing is what I want to do, and I have problems sharing this. Usually when people ask, I say a cop. (That would be my 2nd choice if I cannot be an author) and, I saw that you published your first book when you were sixteen. That’s very young, but I don’t know if I can wait that long.  And the other day, we had to a project about a book the class read, and one of the choices was, create the next chapter. So, that’s what I did. I got it back, and I got an A and my teacher said she felt as if she was reading an actual novel. I got so excited, and so what I’m asking is, is it a remote possibility I could publish a book of mine? And if so, what company?
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Whoa, whoa, whoa!   I didn’t have a book published when I was sixteen. It was a short story, and it was published in a little church story paper.  You’re 13 and don’t know if you can wait until you’re 16 to publish a book?  I hate to tell you, but becoming an author means hours and hours and months and months and usually years before you have anything published.  It’s true that a few people publish books before they are twenty, but these have to be very good books, very planned out and revised, very polished.  You need patience as much as you need talent.  If you enjoy writing, by all means, keep at it, and enter every writing contest you possibly can to get feedback.  Concentrate on writing the very best story you can, the story that only you can write, and time and feedback will eventually tell you whether you should aim for a career in writing or enter another field.

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