I am excited to share that Danny in a Newfangled World has completed its mini-makeover. I think everyone will appreciate its subtle changes. The back cover now offers a mini-biography of its author (that’s me), and the social media logos, Facebook and Twitter, are gone. After some careful thought, I decided they didn’t belong on the cover of a kids’ book. Heck, I don’t let my kids join facebook, so I don’t want kids or parents to believe that I’m encouraging kids to join the social network. However, kids and/or their parents are still welcome to become fans on the book’s facebook page, where I post regular updates about the book, its sequel, and book signings. The more, the merrier!
The margins have also expanded to make the reading a bit easier on young eyes. As a result, the final page count has gone up from 105 to 120. Lastly, the illustrations will appear sharper in the newest edition. Having just spoken to my printer, my next big print run will use 100% recycled paper. I’m very pumped about that!
It hasn’t been easy, but my pledge to write one chapter every day (excluding weekends) has been going well this week. I am now on Chapter 7, and by the end of tomorrow… should be done Chapter 8. The downside to such a schedule is that my first draft will be a bit rougher than I’m used to. The upside is that I will have the entire first draft complete by mid-February, at which time I can concentrate on major re-writes and smoothing out some of the sticky plot issues I am encountering along the way.
The second book is turning out to be one fantastic cyber-story, so kids have much to look forward to! Still haven’t thought of a title, though. That’s always a tough call. Hoping to get that ‘eureka’ moment in a few more chapters.