Project Mid-Point…So How Are These Student Authors Doing?

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cal1In this blog, I am sharing how I am mentoring a group of high school science students to write and publish a book about their science research experiences by April 2015 with the goal of selling 500 copies by the end of the school year.

My students and I started this project in early June 2014, and we plan to publish our books in April 2015. That means we are at the mid-point of the project right now. We just had a monthly meeting to go over our progress. So where are the student authors, compared to our planned schedule? They are on track, though we took a couple weeks more for the first stage of editing and revising. They are coordinating with beta readers right now, and they are marketing their book ideas, primarily by blogging.

As a teacher, I am trying to balance my learning objectives and schedule with their creative ideas and personal timetables. While a project like this could take years, I decided to plan it so we could complete it in one school year. Nevertheless, the students have each gone a separate direction with their ideas, so matching up their schedules has been all the more difficult. Some have progressed in their writing ahead of the rest, while others have progressed more in marketing. On top of all this, they are busy with other activities.

Our next big milestone will be to complete the beta reader process and prepare the manuscripts for a copy editor. The students plan to do fund raisers to pay for the copy editing fees. We will probably get this done during December or January. After that, our books will be ready to publish, so we can work full-time on marketing before, during and after our publication release date in April 2015.

So are we on track? Yes. Are we exactly on the schedule I planned out last spring? No. Is every student on the same schedule? No. Do I expect them all to publish by April 2015? Yes. Would I recommend this project to other teachers? Yes – it is one of the most interesting experiences I have every had!

Next week, my post will go over what makes a good author blog.

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