Archive for November 2016

Treat yourself: free download of two wondrous new MG fantasies

Just in time for the holidays, two of my editing clients are staging a joint book launch on November 22nd.

It has been both my privilege and my pleasure to be a guide along the way for these two marvelous middle grade authors, and if you love magical fantasy and stories about worlds-within-worlds, you owe it to yourself and to any young readers in your life to download these books–and indeed, all the titles in both series.

chimney-thief-cover-final-copyEmma Warner-Reed is launching Book 2 in her Calendar House series about Welsh orphan Dotty Parsons in Dotty and the Chimney Thief. In this tale, Dotty has to track a missing friend, in the process uncovering new clues about herself, her late mother, and the world of magical chimney sweeps hidden inside her Great-Uncle Winchester’s labyrinthine old house in Yorkshire. A perilous new threat menaces them all—and Dotty cannot be sure who is friend and who is foe.
magora-3Marc Remus is launching Book 3 in his award-winning Magora series about young Holly O’Flanigan [who coincidentally is also an orphan] in The Bridge in the Fog. This series brings to vivid life the world of Magora—a place where art and magic are one in the same, and where voracious creatures called the Unfinished are both feared and persecuted. In this installment, Holly and her three best friends at Cliffony Academy of the Arts must tread a fine line between helping the Unfinished and potentially unleashing a nightmarish danger upon Magora.

Both series have proven popular on Amazon and I think if you download them, you will see why. And the downloads are free!


Get word count of books with this tool

How many words should your book manuscript contain? Is 100,000 words too long for a YA, or 20,000 words too short for a middle grade novel? This is a question that my editing clients often ask.

One way to answer this is to familiarize yourself with the word count of recently-published books that are aimed at the same age reader for whom you are writing. The ARFinder tool allows you to ferret out that information easily. Many thanks to Katie Davis at the Institute for Writers for sharing this site with me.

Do a search for the book you want to check, then click on the blue underlined title in the result that comes up. That will take you to a window where you will find the word count.

A note to those of you who write for adults: this site is maintained by the Accelerated  Reader program used in many US schools, so it may not contain many adult novels. But try it and see.

Note: I waxed on in more detail about word count over at my Spontaneous Combustion blog.