Last year, while courting an agent, I started writing a piece of “middle grade” fiction with certain specifications. It had to be about 10,000 words long, and aimed for grades 3-5.
If you know my work, you know that I try to write multigenerationally — which is to say that I want something that everyone will enjoy reading.
Unfortunately, I misheard the agent. He wanted 20,000 words. And he didn’t want a “buddy” piece. He wanted something that focused on a single hero.
I set that project aside and tried to fulfill that wish (more about it later).
The good news is that I recently revisited this project, and I’ve decided that it’s a lot of fun. (When you’re cracking yourself up as you read, you know you’ve got something at least halfway decent.) It’s a sequel/parallel book to It Ate My Sister with many of the same characters, and some new ones.
Now I know that this book is not going to be for everybody. In particular, it’s somewhat politically incorrect—There’s a gun on the cover! Yes, yes, it’s a water gun, but let’s be honest, guns are not something that we ought to be encouraging children to play with.
Except if we’re really really honest, water guns are a freaking blast! If they brought water guns to Iraq and had an epic stink bomb fight with them, then maybe we wouldn’t be in our current mess. Ok, ok, so I won’t get too political in reverse.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m on draft four, and trying to figure out how to get the book into the hands of readers who will enjoy it.
If you have ideas, let me know.