Sunday, April 01, 2007

Revision 2 is Under Way!

Revision 1 of my middle grade novel Black, White, and Shades of Gray is currently in the hands of Penguin Books Australia being considered. I have heard a smattering of comments from over there that the first person who read it (Our Australian exchange student Sam's mum) really really liked it. I found the second "really" to be encouraging. :)

The last I heard, my novel had been passed up to the associate publisher of children's literature there, and that once she was finished with it, it would be going to a senior editor.

I decided that while I am waiting for their yea or nay, that I would press on with my next planned revision. I hadn't wanted to begin the querying process until after revision2 was completed, but this opportunity presented itself, and I had to act on it.

My main goal in this revision is to polish and expand. I have written a program that counts the number of words as well as flags -ly and -ing words for me. I put this to good use last night and discovered that although I preach against overuse of -ly and -ing words, I had quite a lot to deal with.

My program also showed me a big imbalance in chapter lengths. I have some chapters over 2100 words, where others are just over 300.

Shortly before handing my manuscript to Sam to take home, I had broken up a couple chapters with the intention of expanding those areas. That accounts for some of the shorter chapters. So anyway, my task is to clean up the adverbs and gerunds, and flesh out the short chapters.




At April 02, 2007 5:15 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I envy you! I'm almost done with the first draft of my novel. Two chapters left to write...they'll be done by this week! That's my goal anyway.

I went from 13 planned chapters to 18. I found that keeping my chapters shorter was better. It kept a quicker pace, and is easier to read. So I try and keep all my chapters between 7-10 page. That has translated to more chapters, but I think a fast read. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. I'm going to be sending out queries soon for this novel. Hopefully I get some bites.

At April 03, 2007 2:36 PM, Blogger Kerrie said...

Hey Dave, has anyone ever pointed out that those are otters in your header?
Or maybe it's just be me, I have really bad eyesight.
Congratulations on your book's progress, with any good luck I'll have something good to read while I'm waiting for Jill's! ;-D

At April 03, 2007 2:39 PM, Blogger Kerrie said...

"it's just be me"? Where'd that come from?
I need to stop thinking while I type. Or start thinking maybe... this is why I don't write!
Aren't you glad I don't comment often? :-D

At April 08, 2007 8:37 AM, Blogger Dave said...


Um, no... nobody ever pointed that out. DOH!

Oh well, I was never much of a nature buff. I will most likely stick with them though, even though CheezOtter looks a little weird.


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