Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Middle Grade Verse Novel Manuscript is Out in the World!

Recently something exciting and a little bit scary happened. I finally decided to send my finished middle grade verse novel manuscript to my agent! This project hasn't been mentioned on my blog much, but I did share an excerpt from the first draft in April of 2015.

I started this project in late 2014, and it progressed slowly, a little bit at a time over the next two years. But much of the past year has been dedicated to revisions. And more revisions. You know the drill.

When I finally had the manuscript as polished as it could be, I hesitated. I procrastinated. I alternated between hope and doubt.

Finally, I tested the waters. I let my agent in on the details of the project. It wasn't just a verse novel, you see. It would have visual elements--illustrations that appear as doodles and art journal pages. Would she understand what I was trying to do?

I explained my vision in an email and anxiously hit send.

She responded that she loved the idea, she couldn't wait to read it, and she helped me figure out the best way to format it.

After another read-through, a few little tweaks, and formatting the first 50 pages with my main character's doodles included, I sent it off!

A short time later, as in that same afternoon, my agent called me. She had read through the entire novel in one sitting and had loved it! But better than that, she really got what I was trying to accomplish with the art worked into the story!

So now, my beloved MG verse novel manuscript is in my lovely agent's hands.

And I am full of hope!


  1. Woo hoo! That's something to celebrate! I can't wait until the published version is out in the world, too. (I'd fight for an ARC of that. :)

    1. Thank you, Faith! I'm really hoping this will be the one. I've written four verse novel manuscripts!


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