Thursday, July 23, 2009

Done! (Well, not quite)

I am a happy girl. I just finished writing my very first chapter book! I started writing it in March I think. I would get into the writing groove. Then I'd be pulled away by life. My goal was to have it done sometime this summer, so I could start revising the heck out of it when the kids get back to school. Actually the first three chapters have been critiqued by my wonderful writing group. The fabulous Cynthea Liu even gave some great pointers on the first two chapters when I participated in her Red Light, Green Light freetique in April. So at least that's a start in revisions.
I've had a crazy busy summer, and I hadn't written much I hate to say. Then I read Anita Laydon Miller's blog. She told us lazy in the summer writers to "Man up and write!" Okay, she didn't say those exact words. But her post did inspire me to get this thing done. And Yay! I did! (Thanks for the kick in the butt, Anita!)
So, I buckled down and wrote in the late evenings and when the kids were at the neighbors house playing. And I had fun doing it. I adore my main character, Stef. Love her, love her, love her! I would find myself smiling as I was writing. My working title is Rock n Roll Princesses Wear Black. And the music tangent is just a small reason why I love my book. Did I mention that my main character rocks?! The book is a chapter book somewhat similar to Junie B. Jones, but geared for third or fourth graders. I'm going to read it to my kids this weekend (well, my older two. My four year old son might only be interested if I turn Stef into a Transformer or Jedi). If my kids enjoy it, I can put in my query letters that my kids loved my book (I'm just seeing if you're paying attention, I know that's a no-no). I just really want to share it with them.
So, lots of revisions ahead of me, and then query time! I've submitted picture books and poetry to publishers with some good feedback on a few and even one "almost", but no publishing deals. So, I am going to try and find me an agent. I'm going to let this bad boy sit for a few weeks while I enjoy the summer with the kids. Then Operation Revision/Agent!

17 comments:

Solvang Sherrie said...

Awesome, Kelly! I know it feels great to finish that first draft. Congrats on buckling down and getting it done 8)

Ello said...

Congrats!!! That is awesome! Hey if you need a list of children's agents let me know. I have an excel spreadsheet with a whole bunch of them from when I did the search.

jama said...

Yay for you!! Congrats, and good luck with the revisions and agent search :)!

Tee Brown said...

I admire you for being productive in the summer--completing a draft no less.

Yaay, Kelly! Well done!

Sliding on the Edge said...

This is exciting,Kelly. Glad you decided to "man up." How do you do that, BTW? :D

Kelly H-Y said...

AWESOME, Kelly!!! Congrats ... what a fantastic feeling!

Kelly said...

Thanks so much, ladies!!

Monica said...

congrats, Kelly. Good work.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Well done! I'll be happy to read it to my third graders in the fall so that you can add their positive response to the query letter.

Kim Kasch said...

WAY cool!!! Congrats on completion.

Lazy Writer said...

Congrats on finishing your book! I've gotten almost no writing done this summer. You've inspired me to pull up my sleeves and get to work!

Christina Farley said...

This is so exciting! And what a daunting task it is to get to this point. I'm so impressed.

Rena said...

Congrats!!!

I wish you the best of luck with it. I've written one MG too, but haven't subbed it all that much. Good luck with those revisions.

Elliah A. Terry said...

Ooh! Congratulations. Summer's a hard time to write. Soon you'll be sending that baby OFF!

Anita said...

Oh, I want to know Stef!

nikki said...

Kel! I didn't know you were writing a chapter book! AWESOME! Can't wait to see it :) <3

Kiki Hamilton said...

Hi Kelly - CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your MG story! That is quite an accomplishment and I hope you celebrated with cake for breakfast.

Good luck with your agent search!