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I had noted all of the critiques that has been sent. I will try to follow all the advice that I have been given.

Thank you all and I hope to post my progress.

~Wimberly :)
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PrincessCarol Aug 31, 2012  Student Photographer
cool :)
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I would seriously consider re-writing the book first.

Consider the work you did as a 14 year old to be a first-draft. Revisit it, re-read it, and decide what to keep and what to drop.

I promise you that in its current form it is probably not ready for a professional editor. I have several friends and relatives in the writing industry, and in fact one of them is struggling with this same problem. She wrote a novel while in high school, and tried to get it edited. It simply wasn't ready. When she went to re-type it into the computer and actually re-read it, she realized that while the writing was very advanced for a 14-16 year old, the work itself was a long way from being finished.

She has been meticulously going through her early work now, sorting the ideas and re-writing the stories.

I know that you worked very hard and researched your Oz book, but I would seriously consider revisiting it and re-writing it from your current level of writing before seeking an editor.

I am paraphrasing David Eddings when I say that if you want to become a writer, first write everything. Write the things you love, the things you know, and write the best stuff that you can for several years.

Then burn that stack and start to "really" write.


A different thought is to find out who currently has the rights to publish Oz books, and collaborate with them. You may not be able to publish this as anything other than fan-fiction (and maybe not even that) depending upon who owns the rights to what. You may discover that there are new Oz books in the works and a writer may pay you handsomely for your draft to be developed into an actual Oz book.

I realize that this sounds harsh, and I'm really sorry. I just want you to be aware of how the writing industry works. I love the Oz series, too, even the books that were published after Baum was gone. I would love to see the series continue and I'm eager for new voices to speak about that world. I'm sure that as a fellow Oz fan you have been true to the stories and the Land of Oz, and that your ideas are good ones.

It's just that it is very unlikely that any 14 year old is writing the next big novel. Now that you're older, you have the power to take that draft and turn it into an amazing story. You won't be disloyal to your 14 year old self by doing so, you will be upgrading your early work into an amazing new story!
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PrincessCarol Aug 31, 2012  Student Photographer
cool
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totofan4ever Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you're not being harsh at all. Don't worry about it! :) I really needed the input and I know the story is far from perfect and far from being sent to a professional editor. I have just re-read most of the work, and I realize what I need to do to fix the problems that I see, but I would like other people's input are if there is a problem I have missed. Or if there is something that I need to change in regarding to the plot.

It's kinda funny, I have been meaning to re-write the story, but when I recently looked at it, I had absolutely no idea how to go about it. Which is why I turned to the Oz fans and writers on DeviantArt so maybe I can edit it without getting too overwhelmed.

Thank you so much for reading my dilemma and giving me advice. It really means a lot to me!

~Wimberly :)
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:icontkoverkamp:
I'm glad that you understand what I'm saying. :D

This is the "craft" of writing, you know: Taking your initial ideas and molding them into a narrative that is enjoyable.

Good luck! I would love to read your updates and progress reports.
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totofan4ever Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'll keep you guys posted!
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