New Year’s Day plus 52 days

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My New Year’s Resolution this year was to do something, anything, to advance my writing career, every day.  Are you wondering how I’m doing?  I’m doing great!

I finished writing the first draft of my third book for the 9 to 13 year old age group.  I’ve joined two writers’ organizations, and I’ve written a letter to a publisher.

The book I’m writing now has the working title of Mayne Island Ghosts.  I know, the title isn’t very strong.  Any suggestions?  It follows Magda’s Mayne Island Mystery and Mayne Island Aliens, two books I’ve self-published and marketed quite successfully.

The writers’ groups I’ve joined are the Federation of BC Writers and the Victoria Writers’ Society.  I hope that membership in these two groups will help me grow as a writer and allow me to be published, if that’s what decide I want.

My letter to the publisher is waiting on my computer.  I don’t know whether to submit the fresh, new book, a chapter or two plus an outline, or to submit one of the two that I’ve already published.  I have been encouraged by a fellow writer to send my work to his publisher, after he spoke to her about it.  I want to follow up this encouragement while it is still fresh in the mind of said publisher.  What would you do?  Would you send a ripe chapter or one that’s still green?

I am waiting to hear your comments.  Please give me your advice on these questions.  Thank you.

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