Last summer I started shopping around SUCKER PUNCHING MAGIC, one of my favorite stories about a mild-mannered troll and a girl with a hot mess of magic. I thought I’d written a young adult (YA) tale, but nine out of ten agents, editors, judges and concerned readers told me, “Your manuscript sounds more like a middle grade (MG) yarn.”
I wondered–could they be right?
So I decided to research young adult and middle grade stories and test the validity of the feedback I’d received and you know what? I agreed with my well-meaning readers.
I’ve spent this fall rewriting SUCKER PUNCHING MAGIC to make it even more so a middle grade novel and I like it better.
Thank you friends for giving me the constructive criticism I needed to hear.