Trying to be Unique

After completing AWESOME SAUCE and refining it over the course of the past two years, I often worried about being fresh and original. Who would want to publish my story if the same one was already out there? For that reason I have kept active looking at new releases each month and searching for past gems.

I felt good not seeing anyone like my main character and the problems he faces for himself and family. About a month ago I saw a blurb somewhere about an upcoming debut book with a storyline of a 10-year-old girl hoping her father was still alive. Uh-oh, this could be trouble as my story is about an 11-year-old boy with questions about his never before seen father.

With the release yesterday of A SMIDGEN OF SKY by Dianna Dorisi Winget I could find out first hand if my story bared any resemblance. Thankfully, very little. A SMIDGEN OF SKY tells the tale of Piper whose mother is remarrying after her husband disappeared in a private plane crash four years prior. Piper is the narrator and the writing is passionate and real as she deals with a new potential stepsister and dad. Set in the South, the story flows beautifully dealing with family issues, loss of a love one, and internet safety. This book deserves to be read and I wish Dianna the best of luck with her new novel.

While learning about the author online I found many interesting facets in her quest to get published. The most important thing is she kept revising and trying to get representation before everything fell into place. Important words for any potential author who may be frustrated by the time it takes to get noticed. Read the Story of the Sale; or  here’s A great interview; and you can be first on your block to buy a copy. Oh, and don’t forget Dianna’s web site with a chapter excerpt and many more goodies.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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2 Responses to Trying to be Unique

  1. Hi Greg
    Thanks so much for the kind words! I wish you the best of success with Awesome Sauce. Thats’s quite a title 🙂

    • gpattridge says:

      Thanks Dianna. Much like your original title, I’m not sure if it will stick but time will tell. Again, best of luck and I am looking forward to your next published work.

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