October 24, 2007

IT'S A FIRST!

My publisher, Random House, has created a promotion to showcase new voices in fiction. I’m delighted that my book has been included in IT’S A FIRST!

And I’m excited that today I completed my middle grade novel. I’ve plodded along steadily for three months, gritting my teeth through the muddled middle, waiting to be swept away by my quirky characters and their story.

And then it happened. This week, I averaged thirty-two-feverishly written pages a day.

This is where most of the magic happened.


There are plenty of revisions ahead – miles to go -- but right now I’m celebrating the fact that I completed another novel.

And I’ll leave you with this quote by Horace Mann (1796-1859): “A house without books is like a room without windows.”

12 comments:

Christina said...

32 PAGES A DAY!!!!! You are amazing!!! Congrats on all your hard work.. so glad it's paying off.

Nicole Neal said...

That's fabulous! I'm proud to know you!

Linda said...

Yipeee! You Rock!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read the new one.

Anonymous said...

32 pages a day, WOW!!! thats what I have to say. Congrats on finishing. and Congrats on being on Its a First. very coooool!!!!!!!!!! Selwyn :-)))
(your #1 fan) and always will be...

David LaRochelle said...

Congratulations on all your good news, Donna! You are an inspiration!

Linda said...

Folks, just wait until you hear what's on those 32 pages a day! At a critique meeting I heard a chapter, and it's terrific--heart wrenching and hilarious at the same time! Donna you're an amazing writer.

Wild About Words said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful comments.
You guys rock!
Donna

Mary Hershey said...

Oh, Donna! What great news all around. The RH page looks FABULOUS. Wheeee!

And, big congrats on finishing your new mg novel!

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Mary Hershey

Wiphil said...

32 pages a day. I hate you.

Sandra said...

The excerpt from 12-/34 was terrific. I'm happy they featured it in their "new voices" promotion. And writing 32 pages is inspiring; I know your second book will be a winner too.

Steve Gephart said...

Donna, Congratulations on the feature on your book by Random House. You are a great writer and Random House is smart to recognize that. Good luck with your new book as well...must be satisfying to finish another one so quickly.

You're the one who rocks!