Have you ever heard about the accomplishments of Kurt Fearnly? He has won several gold medals, by participating in the Paralympics. He was born with sacral agenesis, a condition in which parts of the spine and sacrum fail to develop properly. When he competes in the Paralympics, he is given a classification of T54.
Kurt got lots of support, as he worked to overcome the barriers that were keeping him from becoming a wheelchair racer. He got support from his parents and his four brothers and sisters. He also enjoyed the backing of the 200 supporters in his hometown of Carcoar, a tiny community located in Australia. He now takes part in both long and middle distance races.
Kurt’s story is the sort of thing that the men and women at Enslow Publishing would like to share with others. Those publishing experts are currently seeking manuscripts for an imprint called Speeding Star. In order to be considered, each submitted manuscript should be written at a 4th grade reading level. If it is a work of nonfiction, then it should be on a topic that would be of interest to a boy between the ages of 8 and 18.
The company is not looking for long manuscripts. It intends to put 48, 64 or 98 pages behind the title on each cover. It will only look at manuscripts that are submitted on its online submission form. If you want to access that form, you must go to www.speedingstar.com/Manuscript_Uploand.aspx.
If you plan to submit a nonfiction manuscript, you do not have to place an entire manuscript on that form. You should write a query letter and submit that, along with your resume and a sample of your writing. If you would like, you can use a chapter from your proposed title as a sample of your writing.
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Maybe you know about some other amazing athletes, men or women who have learned to how to keep rolling without limits. Share your story with a young man who is trying to improve his reading skills. In that way, you will help him to remove an obstacle that is limiting his own ability to succeed.