From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of an exceptional young lady named Annie Clark, who recently released “Write/Right Where I Am.”
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Google Annie Clark’s name and you will find that she is published author, a pianist, a basketball player and the recipient of national awards for her exquisite penmanship. Now consider that Annie’s accomplished all of this by the age of 11; and that she was born without hands and her story becomes truly exceptional.
Annie was adopted by Tom and Mary Ellen Clark of McKeesport, Pennsylvania when she was just 2 ½ years old; one of seven Chinese children – all with disabilities or special needs – the couple has brought into their home.
The exceptional story about the Clarks, whom their pediatrician refers to as “the nicest family on the planet,” was well known in the Pittsburgh area. After seven-year old Annie won the first of her national penmanship awards, media across the country including Good Morning America, People Magazine and The Glenn Beck Show took notice of this inspiring young lady. Her “I can do it,” attitude is the focus of her debut book released through WestBow earlier this spring.
Quoting Annie: “I wrote Write/Right Where I Am because I felt inspired to. I wanted to
tell people to persevere. It is very hard to keep persevering! Especially when you are frustrated! This book is about my experience and how I persevered through some challenges that I wanted to share with you. It took me two years to finish my book. My first two book signings were great because I got to meet new people and talk to my friends that went to my book signing. Also I loved the book signings because I had fun!”
Annie’s book, Write/Right Where I Am is available in paperback and e-book formats through the WestBow Press bookstore, Amazon and other major online book retailers. To learn more, visit Annie’s website www.writewhereiam.com.
WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation; as well as for space.