Determination gets youngster’s book published

Jodi Schellenberg
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Carter Neisz is starting a new adventure, but it is quite a bit different from the journey the characters in his book take.

On Thursday, Carter did a book signing at W.F.A. Turgeon Community School in Prince Albert during his lunch hour for his newly published book The Magical Map.

The idea for the story first started when Carter was working on a school project and the idea “just kind of popped it my head.”  

“It is about two twin brothers,” Carter said. “They buy a map at a map store and they go on an adventure through all these different places.” 

He originally wrote it in a notebook and did some small illustrations himself.

“He thought of writing the story himself, though about getting it published himself, did the research for publishing all by himself -- it was a very self-initiated project,” Carter’s mother Nicole said. “We just supported the idea and then it came together.”

Nicole said Carter continually talked about publishing it, so instead of discouraging him, she told him to research getting it published himself.

“I wanted it published, so we went on the Internet on the computer,” Carter said. “We found some publishers who emailed us. Then we had to type it out and send it to them.”

The publishers wrote back to Carter, telling him what could be improved and some edits to consider.

“We added things and took out things, then we emailed it to them and they said, ‘OK we will send you a proof,’” Carter said “So they sent it in the mail. We read it over and found four mistakes. So they fixed those and then so they sent us another proof in email.”

Once the Neiszes approved it, they decided to order some copies for Carter to sell.

“We ordered 100, so we have sold 60 and we may have to reorder because there are still quite a few people interested in buying,” Nicole said. “It is very exciting. We are very proud of him, extremely proud.”

Carter enjoys coming up with stories and has written two sequels to The Magical Map already, as well as a 90-page story about the well-known literary character Harry Potter.

“He has been writing for a long time -- writing little books and stuff,” Nicole said. “This one, it is a good book and a good story.”

Carter was also excited to see both teachers and classmates buying his book during the noon hour.

Anyone interested in Carter’s book can check out his Facebook page or his website at  

Organizations: W.F.A. Turgeon Community School

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