Two years of Insecure Writers Support Group! That's a long time in the blogosphere. Congrats, Alex Cavanaugh!
by Kim Van Sickler
Muleskinner is not my first novel. It's my third. It is an MG historical fiction mystery set on the 1840's Ohio Canal and featuring a guardian angel who assumes the form of boy's best friend--a dog. But it may be destined to languish on the hard drive of my computer. (Along with those first two novels I mentioned.) At least for now.
|Lucky, the guardian angel in Muleskinner, bears an uncanny resemblance to my own mutt. :-)|
Two agent letters below tell the story.
I’m sorry for taking so long with your manuscript, especially since I have decided to pass. While I think the manuscript is very readable and includes fantastic details of the time period, I thought the pacing was too slow for the intended readership. There are action passages early on but we don’t get to the central conflict early enough to sustain the Middle Grade reader, I think.
Of course, this is just one opinion and someone else might feel differently. I appreciate the opportunity to consider and wish you all the best of luck with Muleskinner.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to review your current project. As you know, this is a business based on personal taste and unfortunately, I didn’t love MULESKINNER the way I had hoped. While I found the premise to be intriguing, I was unable to connect with the writing and so this is a pass for me. Please do know that I wish you all the best with this and your future endeavors.
I'm shoulder deep in edits on my fourth manuscript right now. My gut tells me to get my WIP edited and out to beta readers before I revisit Muleskinner. And the delay will also give me time to see if any other agents I've queried will bite. And to see if Muleskinner made the agent cut in Brenda Drake's latest Pitch Madness competition.
Are you pressing on despite news you'd rather not hear? Or celebrating some good news?