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My Writing Life: Middle Grade Novel Almost Finished; Search For Second Agent to Commence

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As I wrote about before, my agent is Sorche Fairbank of Fairbank Literary.  Sorche and I are working together on three nonfiction writing projects right now, and she is shopping around two proposals, which is very exciting.  One of our projects was just sent out to publishing houses, and it would awesome to share some good news in the coming months.

As cool as all that is, I am on to Big Challenge No. 2: Finding a second literary agent.  See, Sorche doesn’t handle kids stuff, and I am starting to write my first fiction since penning a bunch of plays back in the day.  I just finished my first middle grade novel (ages 8-12), which is a boy-centric adventure/multicultural book, and I am very close to polishing this last draft.  (And, let me just say, I tip my hat to all you novel writers out there.  I mean – newspaper articles, magazine articles, plays, book proposals – nothing comes close to novels.  They’re exhausting and so time-consuming.)  Sorche has encouraged me to find a rep for my juvenile stuff and I will be on the hunt here pretty soon.  Kinda scary prospect!

I’ve joined SCBWI, gone to some local meetings, seen that guys in the group are a myth – all that stuff.  Now it’s on to see if my fiction does or does not suck.  We shall see.  Wish me luck.   

The most recent MG book I
read was
Wanting Mor, a
multicultural book about an
abandoned Afghani girl. Very good.

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5 Responses to My Writing Life: Middle Grade Novel Almost Finished; Search For Second Agent to Commence

  1. The first one is very nice.. I like it very much..

  2. ugg boots says:

    thx guy! and good luck to you all!

  3. Susan Quinn says:

    I’m very curious to see how your search for an agent goes. I’m also writing a MG SF novel, although not yet polished, so not quite ready to agent hunt. But soon, very soon. At least I keep telling myself that.

    Good luck!

  4. Betsy Ashton says:

    Be sure and post your winning query letter. I’m curious to see if you follow your own advice in pitching fiction.

    Keep us informed of your rejections and acceptances. Many of my writing buddies blog about their successes, near misses, and downright rejections all the time.

    I’m curious to see how you make out, since you know nearly every agent in the business.

    Good luck.

  5. Teresa Rhyne says:

    Good Luck!
    And yes, the lack of men is one of the reasons Chris likes the SCBWI!

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