For me, one of the most important and enjoyable elements of the editing process is having kids read and critique an early draft of a manuscript.
This is Lainey – one of my favorite readers – discussing the upcoming Kyle Evans book (number 2 in the trilogy). Feedback from Lainey, and others (Sofia, Leo, Samantha, Kaden, Nicole and more!), improves every book I write.
I am thrilled to announce that the first draft of the new Kyle Evans book (the second book in the trilogy) is complete. All being well, this book should be ready for release by Thanksgiving 2016. In case this seems like a long time, here’s what has to happen between now and then:
For the text
- A first round of editing
- Early readers review the manuscript
- A second round of editing based on feedback from the early readers
- A third round of editing by an independent editor
- A final round of editing by me
- Production of a proof copy of the book
- Final approval of the book
For the illustrations
- Selecting which scenes might be illustrated (in conjunction with James Chapman – my brother and the book illustrator)
- Producing early sketches of 15-20 scenes
- Narrowing sketches down to 8-10 final scenes
- Producing and digitizing final illustrations
- Developing a cover concept for the book
- Producing an early version of the cover artwork
- Producing and digitizing the final cover
I have a sudden feeling that I better get started!
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking to several 5th grade classes at Cider Mill School in Connecticut. It was a great experience – the kids were smart, funny and engaged. Next up, Midlebrook School 6th graders in May!
Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe is now available worldwide in paperback and for the Kindle!
Illustrated by the very talented James Chapman, Kyle Evans is the first book in a quirky adventure trilogy for 8-12 year-olds (3rd – 6th grade in the US).
You can find Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe at your local bookstore (in the US), or at any online retailer, including:
Kyle Evans lives in a small, comfortable house in the town of Moorefield. He lives with his mom and pet cat – Bootles – and nothing exciting ever happens to him. This is exactly how Kyle likes it because he does not enjoy surprises.
Unfortunately for Kyle, everything changes when his mom is swallowed by a giant hole that appears in his bedroom. Before the day is over, Kyle learns a number of very alarming lessons, such as the difference between Search Droids and Battle Droids, the meaning of Protocol Zero, and the fact that his cat is not actually a cat.
Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe will be available in just one month (and one day!). I can’t wait to share Bootles, Kyle and Sofia with the world, but until then, here’s a sneak peak of the cover (illustrated by the talented James Chapman).
I am delighted to announce that my first ever book signing will take place in Wilton, CT on December 6th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the Toy Chest in Wilton Town Center.
I will be signing copies of Flicker and answering questions about the book, other projects that I am currently working on and anything else that might interest you or your kids (within reason!).
I hope to see you there!