R.V.C. is the code name I've given to a children's book manuscript born right here on Rants and Raves. Originally, I wrote it as a poem. I had planned to expand the it into a full-blown manuscript, then enter it into last year's New Voices competition. But I didn't make the deadline — oh well. I recently finished expanding it, and have shared it with two critique groups. The general consensus:
What they said works: It's a feel-good, day-in-the-life story that puts a smile on the faces of those who've read it.
What they said needs work: It's indulgent with nostalgia. "Children aren't nostalgic, adults are" was one person's comments.
My thoughts: I wanted to write a feel-good story, that would appeal to children, but put a smile on the faces of adults, too. I mean, Disney does it all the time, why not? Not dissin' my feedback; I'm going to consider all the advice. But for now, the story needs to sit awhile. And not because the it needs more simmering, but because of my illustration demands are all hitting at once.
Besides that, now that I have a couple of manuscripts written, I'm really not sure what to do next. Wait for that editor to call, whose been reading my blog surreptitiously, and is dying to read what I've written? Yeah, right.