Student snags publishing nod

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Madelyn Sneckner, 17, of Woodland Park has just completed her first book, “Emerald,” the story of Cossette, 18, who was raised on a pirate ship. A fantasy novel set in 1752, the story has the heroine disguising herself as a princess in order to steal the most valuable emerald in the world. “The story has everything from romance to murder,” Sneckner said.

While the novel has been accepted by Austin Brothers Publishing Co. in Dallas, Texas, Sneckner is obligated to put up $2,500 to cover printing costs and marketing. Once published, however, Austin Brothers will release the book for sale through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. “I have to pay for getting the book noticed in other stores,” she said.

To fund the publishing requirements, Sneckner has started a fundraising website through kickstarter.com\Emerald. “I've set it up so you can read the first three chapters and can choose to sponsor the book,” she said

A novel for young adults, “Emerald,” is written in an old-English style.

Admittedly, being a published author is “dream come true,” but Sneckner has her sights on being a studio art teacher.

Sneckner is a soon-to-be senior at the Thomas MacLaren Charter School in Colorado Springs. She is the daughter of Rick and Kathryn Sneckner of Woodland Park.

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