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Making a project of publishing a first novel

Locals in search of summer reading need look no further than 18-year-old Micaela Luque’s coming-of-age novel, currently for sale on amazon.com. Luque self-published her first novel, “Who We Are,” as part of her senior project.

<p align="left">The book is just over 200 pages long, and it retails on amazon.com for $11.69, of which Luque receives around 40 percent. Copies are printed to order but are shipped the next day. Luque learned about Amazon’s independent publishing option from a classmate. Through this innovative free new service, anyone can upload their writing via a word document, upload a cover image and author biography, and photograph and have their work published, in print and available immediately.</p>

<p align="left">Luque has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She has taken classes with local writing instructor Kate Williams since she was a middle-school student at Sonoma Charter School. Williams, one of her earliest fans says, “Micaela is a very rare bird. In a pop-culture lousy with look-at-me grandstanders, Micaela keeps her head down and just follows through. Quietly. Doggedly. Her coming-of-age debut novel gives Salinger’s a run (swear to God!), told in stylish prose by an unforgettable narrator. She’s got the drive and potential to break big in a real way, and when she does, I predict she’ll stay sweet.”</p>

<p align="left">Next year, Luque is headed to Sonoma State University, where she plans on majoring in English.</p>

<p align="left">You can purchase and review Luque’s book at amazon.com, or mark your calendars to attend her book signing and reading at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St.</p>


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