Here’s a way to inspire children to write: Let them sell their stories on eBay for a good cause.
According to the AJC, Malkolm Poyer is selling an original story on eBay for $10 per autographed copy to defray his family’s expenses in Atlanta related to his open heart surgery this week at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to insert a defibrillator.
I just checked eBay, and the 9-year-old author has sold 326 copies of “Luna.” That sum should make a decent dent in the family’s hotel and meal bills.
The AJC story says Malkolm was born with a condition that forced his heart to work much harder than normal to pump blood, thus limiting his physical exertion. So, he’s become an avid reader and writer.
Check out Malkolm’s eBay ad.
While his story is good, I give Malkolm even higher marks for his creativity in selling it on eBay. (I might suggest his idea to several unemployed writers I know.)