People frequently ask me why I keep going. I mean I already have more #1 bestsellers than any other person ever has.
So why do I keep writing books? Why do I bother doing a blog about how important it is for us to get our kids reading? Why do I speak to parents, teachers, booksellers and librarians around the country? Why am I working at setting up a website to help parents find the right books for their kids?
This piece of email I just received from Sharon C. explains a big part of it:
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! We bought our 13-year-old son "School's Out Forever" for Christmas. Since then we have all been hooked! "Final Warning" is the 1st book I have EVER pre-ordered! Our son is now getting an "A" in reading (from a "D"). You gave a tease in your interview about a Book 5! We fought over the other books and were upset when we thought it was over. We can't wait for the movie! Please don't stop writing these kinds of books for young (and not so young) adults.
Your biggest fans,
Troy, Sharon & Cody C.
Seriously, Sharon—thank you. And please realize that this excitement you’re feeling about books and reading is not just a short-term thing. It’s a life-changer.
Anyhow—back to the question of why I keep going—it’s from comments like this that I’m able to hope to spread this excitement even further.
So many people have no idea about what reading books is all about and I really think we have a chance to get things going here.
I’ll have more to say about this website I’m working on soon. And hopefully you can help me shape it.
Well, please keep reading and writing.
Also posted on James' Parenting Blog