A New Book
February 22, 2011
So, I finished a manuscript today. I put the finishing touches on my first book for kids. It’s geared to middle readers (8 to 12 year-olds) and came in at a shade over 40,000 words. I started the book a couple of years ago, then put it away for a while because I wasn’t sure I had the voice quite right. But my daughters loved it and urged me to finish it. Last summer I took it out again, and worked on it for a while — got to about the halfway point. But I wasn’t sure where it was going, so I put it away again. And my daughters continued to bug me about it.
Finally, this month, I took it out, figured out the ending, and wrote the final hundred pages in about three weeks.
I’m going to put it away again, but just for a couple of weeks, just to put some distance between myself the most recent work. Then I’ll read it through, make a few revisions, and start looking for Beta readers. Know any kids on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, 3rd-6th graders, who might like to read a fantasy novel?