2017 Year of the Book | Second Quarter Progress Report

I pledged 2017 as the Year of the Book. my year to sell a book manuscript. I’m a bit late with this second quarter report, so I’ll extend my coverage to the end of August.

Poetry: My chapbook manuscript, Chicken Fat, will be published in October by Finishing Line Press.  Heartfelt thanks to those of you who purchased pre-sales copies.

Creative Nonfiction: I postponed an online class from Creative Nonfiction magazine  that I had initially signed up for this fall. I want to be able to place all six essays I wrote during last spring’s courses. Two have found homes so far.

Novels in Verse: The first 30 pages of my Holocaust work in progress was workshopped at the Tent: Jewish Children’s Literature program at the National Yiddish Book Center in August. It’s now with my agent. At the brilliant suggestion of Carolyn Yoder at her August retreat at Highlights, I rewrote my YA biography as a novel in verse. Am I now the poet of tragedy? We also settled on a topic for another novel in verse, related to both America and the Holocaust. I’m applying to a residency to work on that next summer.

Picture Books: I still have a few in progress, but I’m focusing on the novels in verse right now.

Other projects: While reading a Holocaust survival story, I got some ideas for revising a YA historical novella I wrote a couple of years ago during Camp Nanowrimo. I discussed a few projects with the PJ Library staff; those are still in ideation phase. And, I am thinking about a couple of academic articles for peer-reviewed journals.

Question 4U: How is your Year of the Book coming along? Please share!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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1 Response to 2017 Year of the Book | Second Quarter Progress Report

  1. You always inspire me, Barbara. I’m glad you are having such great forward momentum and success.

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