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Chapter Books and House Cleaning

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on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 in StoryMagician

I told myself I would not clean the house (except for basic cleaning) until I finished the revision of my chapter book.  But I'm getting a little frightened of the growing dust balls!

The truth is I think I'm close to being finished.  But sometimes when you get close, you become frightened.  Is it good enough?  Will my agent like it?  Will an editor ever buy it?  If I never finish, I'll never know.  Might that be a better outcome?

But as I tell kids at my author visits: "It only takes one yes to be on the way to where you want to be."  I tell them about all the rejections, the "no's," I got for my first picture book story and how finally one editor said "yes" and I was on my way to a wonderful adventure.  I only need one "yes" for this chapter book and it will be another whole new chapter in my life.  :)

Besides, I'm planning to ask the kids to help.  I have a Skype visit with 3rd and 4th graders the end of this month.  They are the same age as my main character.  They may have the perfect insights to wrap this chapter book up.  I will be so happy.  And so will my house. 

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