Author Carter Neisz, 9, perfects signature for book-signing
Carter Neisz, 9, recently had to learn how to sign his name. He needed to know cursive writing so he could autograph books for The Magical Map, his first children's book.
"My book is about two twin brothers, Adam and Peter, who buy a map at a map store and they go on a long and magical adventure through all these different places," Neisz explained to CBC News an autograph session in his hometown, Prince Albert.
Neisz has been writing stories since he was in kindergarten, and The Magical Map is his first work in print.
"It feels awesome," he said, when asked what it is like to be a published author. "Super exciting."
It took a fair bit of cajoling to get his parents to agree to having the story self-published.
"We kept saying no," his mother Nicole Neisz told CBC News, but Carter was persistent. Finally, when he went online and found all the information needed for self-publishing, his parents were on board.
Neisz said she too is excited with the results.
"Extremely proud," she added. "He's an inspiration to our family and all the students and staff at our school. It just fills my heart with joy to see his love of learning."
While Carter's parents funded the initial print run of 100 books, he has agreed to pay them back from books sales.
Considering the book is already 80 per cent sold-out, everyone should do well — an achievement that would make any Canadian author proud.
"We're selling out so fast we might need to re-order," Carter noted.
"He's a big thinker," Nicole Neisz said of her son's ambitions. "He's a big dreamer, and he just throws his heart into anything that he does."
In addition to a book signing event, Neisz has also done a book talk, at his school.
He also took time to perfect a cursive signature.
"'Yeah, I got it looking good," he said. "It's in handwriting."
When asked what he hopes to do, in the future, Neisz said his dream job is to be a professional soccer player who writes on the side.
Curiously, that also sounds like the premise for novel.
With files from CBC's Ryan Pilon