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Outlines and George River

It's Saturday morning and I've been catching up on comments and questions posted here this week. Tamar asked what is happening with the George River manuscript (that's a book I was busy with all summer, set in George River in Nunavik, Quebec). Here's the latest update: the first draft, due December 1, 2008 is written -- but I have it out now with an Inuit friend, whom I hope willhave comments for me some time in November. At that point, I'll do another rewrite before I submit it to my editor.

Now for Kim's question about having to submit an outline to a publisher. She wanted to know whether I am obliged to stick exactly to the outline. The answer is no, no, no!! The outline is more to give my editor a sense of where the manuscript is going. And here's the latest update on that project, which I'm currently calling Junkyard Dog -- the folks at Orca seem to like my outline since they want the manuscript for this winter... only that feels a little too soon for me as I expect to be busy with the rewrite of George River by January. So you see, being a YA writer is a bit like being a juggler -- and it feels like I have quite a few balls in the air lately!!!

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Guest - Kim on Monday, 20 October 2008 18:48

Sounds like writing will really keep you busy for the next little while! And when you're not writing, I suppose it's grading...
Oh, and thank goodness you're not obliged to exactly follow your outline!

Sounds like writing will really keep you busy for the next little while! And when you're not writing, I suppose it's grading... Oh, and thank goodness you're not obliged to exactly follow your outline! :D
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