Episode 50: Young, Fearless, and Prolific: Lessons from a 16-Year-Old Multi-Published Author

39m | Feb 6, 2024

If you need some inspiration to get your butt in the chair and write today, you’ve come to the right place.

This is for all of us who live on the procrastination train, and take daily rides on the excuse train, and are still putting off writing that book or that other project we got an idea for a decade ago.

My guest today is 16 years old, and she’s already written more than 26 books.

No, that wasn’t a typo.

Not only has she written 26 books, she’s figured out self-publishing, creates her own marketing plans, and even has a marketing budget. And in her spare time, she’s an anti-bullying advocate. Not too shabby for someone who literally can’t even vote yet, right?

Shanti Hershenson says that ever since she could hold a pencil, marker, or crayon, she was creating stories. They started from pictures, mere scribbles, and eventually, turned into captivating tales.

I often say I knew I would be a writer ever since I could hold a pen. But it took me until I was in my late twenties to write my first book! I am in awe—and I think you will be too.

Shanti and I talk about:

• How she taught herself to write

• How she approaches a book

• Her TikTok strategy that sells books

• What inspired her to start writing seriously so young

And so much more. Shanti is an absolute delight—I know you’re going to love her.

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