What’s that? What book has got you so excited, you ask?
Um. Well, my own. Just finished reading my single-spaced, double-sided printout (save those trees) of my young-adult, contemporary fantasy novel set in Dubuque, Iowa, entitled A Sudden Outbreak of Magic. I scribbled all over the pages, crossed out sentences, added notes in the margins, even drew a picture or two.
No, no Post-Its were harmed in the reading of this manuscript.
Well, not that many of ’em.
I was happy to note that as I hit the middle of the book, instead of getting caught up in that classic middle-of-the-book crud that many books have, I felt like my book just started to pick up speed.
I’m glad I spent all that time reworking that section especially — it’s a lot of fun. I’ve got stuff exploding and flying off into space, sonic booms, river hijinks, gamblers losing their cookies… What else could you want from a book?
Oh, and there’s a dragon, too. In Dubuque!
And best of all, my protagonist Kelley really came alive in this read-through, and I made all sorts of notes and tweaks that will really make her shine. Because when it all comes down to brass tacks and stuff like that, it’s all about her voice.
And now, after I bang out a cover letter and a synopsis… I’m thinking sequels.