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Some Non-News About My Next Book


This might be a little anti-climactic for you as a reader, but for me, as the writer, it’s a very good day. I have officially finished writing my next book. I’ll be sending it to my agent this weekend. There’s no guarantee that anyone will publish it, or that it’s good, but I have had the time of my life writing it, and that’s all I worry about when I’m working.

Soon, we’ll know what we’ve got.

Here’s what I can tell you (I’m not going to get into details until I sell it).

  • It’s taken nearly a year to write
  • It also took ten drafts and will probably take several more once/if I start working on it with an editor
  • There is a grotesquely fat baby in it
  • It’s fiction
  • It’s for young readers (and adults)
  • It’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing, by far

I’ve told a couple of people that I’ve finished another book and they usually say something like, “Wow! You’re a machine!”

Hardly. I wrote this book, must like The World’s Strongest Librarian, was written in 15-30 minutes a day. But I strung a lot of days together, and now I can move on to the next thing.

If you want to write, you will go so much further, if you simply make consistent writing a habit. Five minutes a day, two hours a day, whatever. Do it enough times and earn the great pleasure of writing THE END.



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  • Monika July 5, 2013, 1:12 pm

    I really really really hope it gets published! CONGRATS on finishing!

  • Anne July 5, 2013, 10:40 pm

    What ‘s the literary equivalent of “break a leg”? Well, I’m sure if this new book is written half as well as your first, it will be grabbed right away.

  • Nicki July 6, 2013, 4:59 am

    Congratulations on finishing!

  • Jennifer July 6, 2013, 8:23 am

    Yahoo! Congrats Josh! Wishing you all the success in the world! 😀

  • a July 6, 2013, 8:39 am

    Great advice!

  • Melody Tolson July 6, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Nothing replaces “bum in chair” as my writer-husband says. He gets up at 5am almost every morning to write before going to his full time job. Needless to say, he doesn’t have bushels of patience for people who want to write but “don’t have the time.” Slow and steady (and early) wins the race. Congratulations!

  • WD Schwalm July 8, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Do you remember the name of the hamburger place you loved in Denton. Was it Independent Hamburgers on the south side of the square?