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A New Book

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?

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beatrizwench
Feb. 23rd, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
How wonderful, David!
davidbcoe
Feb. 23rd, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, Beatriz. I'm excited about it.
arhyalon
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
40,000

I'm impressed! I wrote a kids book and it came to over 300 pages...even though I thought it was going to be short.

I'm so impressed with people who can write short things.
davidbcoe
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
See, and since I got my start writing 200,000 word fantasies, I feel like I'm cheating when I write something that short.

But thanks.
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