I’ve just received a detailed agent letter, one full of suggestions as to how to re-work a piece that ends with an invitation to re-submit.
Usually when I get feedback, I can see what’s being asked of me. Not this time. Lots of the suggestions are really good, but I’m at a total loss as to how to proceed. I feel like I’ve been asked to go build a rocket out of, well, rocks.
I’ve got a fantastic critique group (Hi, Bonnie and Dayle), but we work through manuscripts slowly, as is typical in a group situation. I’d love to find another writer out there who does picture books, mid-grade, and a little YA. Even just mid-grade would be great, as I mainly see myself as a mid-grade writer. That said, this one’s YA.
Honestly, I’ll take any kind of reader. If you write for kids, you count. Anyone willing to exchange manuscripts? I’m talking long-term here.
The manuscript in question is a short one: 11,500 words, a YA historical novel-in-verse, MAY B., about a girl abandoned on the prairie. While fighting to survive, she must also come to terms with a learning disability.
I need fresh insight! And I’d love to read someone else’s work. Let me know what you think.