After attending a Writer's Digest University Webinar presented by agent Mary Kole on Middle Grade and Young Adult books, I discovered a few things about my book. It's definitely Middle Grade fiction, but at it's previous incarnation of 40,000 words (unfinished - I had outlined another 45,000 words worth of plot - I was under the mistaken impression that it needed to be 90,000 words) it was a bit, well, fat.
As a country, Americans are big on fat. This is the home of the ten pound hamburger, doughnuts, and the fried sandwich. Unfortunately, we don't feel the same way about our novels, where thin is on the rise. It's the only thing novels and models seem to have in common, well that, and the love of a good cover. So, what to do about the fat?
Taking a cue from the empty promises of countless politicians, I've opted to cut it. Unlike the politicians, I've already followed through.
I've read through it again and found a very natural stopping point I'd like to use to end it. I'm reviewing it and rereading it - adding a bit here and there, but frankly, I'm looking for readers. It could be you, or it could be your 8-12 year old children friends, or the class you teach. Just leave a comment with your email, and I'll send you a note.
Wishing you all the best,