Watertown resident Jacky Lamenzo recently started her own publishing company, Lemon House Publishing.
“When I held my book in my hands for the first time, it was such an exhilarating and proud moment that my next thought was, how can I give this feeling to others?” And it was that very thought that inspired former elementary teacher and Watertown resident, Jacky Lamenzo, to start her own company, Lemon House Publishing. To date, Lemon House Publishing has helped over 150 students in the area write their own children’s books, leading to over 1,500 book sales on Amazon.
Starting a company amid the pandemic proved to be a challenge, but it was the very thing that inspired Lamenzo to seek out teaching in a unique way. She recognized not only did elementary kids need an outlet for creativity but also their teachers. Suddenly, LHP is not only an opportunity for the writer but also for the teacher.
“I want to provide a setting where teachers feel valued and their efforts in helping our students are driven by their passion,” said Lamenzo.
Before LHP was officially established in July 2020, Lamenzo created a self-publishing class for adults. While she continues to help adults publish their books, she realized her true passion de ella was working with kids — “the only thing better than having that empowering feeling [of publishing your own book] is having it at an earlier age — riding through life with that confidence boost of, ‘I can do hard things.’”
In this new world of uncertainty and constraint, Lamenzo became motivated to expand the reach of her students by opening virtual live classes to provide a much-needed safe space for writing their stories, confidence-building and giving back to the community. With the consent of the students’ parents, book sale profits are donated to a local nonprofit, Storytime Crafts, which made it possible to install a Little Free Library at Washington Beech Playground in Roslindale this past year.
The eight-week live classes are currently for second to fifth grade students. After receiving inquiries about creating classes for those who are in an older age group, Lamenzo took her virtual services a step further and developed a new self-paced resource for older kids with hectic schedules and busy adults.
This opportunity for growth allowed Lamenzo to hire a team of teachers and creatives who are devoted to showing kids that dreams don’t only come true in the books they are writing, but also when they believe in themselves and put in the work. With the writing and publishing of her second book, “Addy and the Anteater,” in December of 2021, Lamenzo inspired her students who have previously written and published a children’s book with LHP to come back and write their own sequel. Ali Alnasser, one of LHP’s two-time published authors, offers advice to other young writers, “Don’t be stressed about making a book, you can do anything in your story!”
“We want our students to know they always have a place with us here. Any child, regardless of their writing experience, is welcome to join our classes — we will meet them exactly where they’re at and become their personal cheerleader as they write, illustrate, publish and share their own story with the world,” said Lamenzo .
For information, visit http://lemonhousepublishing.com.