New Future Authors Book Demonstrates Océ Digital Book Publishing
Shivangi Narain, who is in eighth grade at Don Estridge Middle School in Boca Raton, also enjoyed the summer workshop and was thrilled to see her name in print. “It was really fun,” she said. “We put a lot of hard work into this book and learned how important it is to write and rewrite. When I went back to look at draft one of about five, I couldn’t believe it was the same piece.”
Spanish River High senior, Brianna Bachus, echoed the value of writing reviews. “I like having my work critiqued,” she said. “The teachers pushed us to be our best.” Brianna is currently working on her first novel and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University next year.
One Future Author participant drove all the way from South Carolina to be at the book signing. Christina Pacilli, a former eighth grader at Tradewinds Middle School, recently moved with her family to Erma, South Carolina. “This is such a wonderful program,” said her mom, Mary. “We are donating copies of the book to the school and public libraries in our new town.”
Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, who spoke at the book signing, said that it really does take a village to raise a child and that public-private partnerships like this one are invaluable. “Our most important people are our youth,” she said. “They are our future, and partnerships like this provide opportunities to help them grow.”
Sheryl Pattek, Vice President of Marketing Services for Océ North America Production Printing Systems division, said the program began as a way for the company give back to the community, help ignite a love of writing in students and increase the awareness of the impact digital printing is having on the publishing world.
“Digital printing now allows more authors to self publish and for books to be printed on demand in quantities as small as one,” she explained.