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Re: Bullies Don't Have Armpits
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2006, 05:37:34 PM »
So, I submitted my second book to my publisher last week, and they have got the evals back.  I'm a bit discouraged.

I wrote my first book for adults, and it turned out the kids love it.  Elementary schools are the target audience.  So I wrote this second book keeping them in mind.  

The evals came back from the adults and they all love it.  They also sent it to a 10 year old kid who loved my first book.  He says it's not as funny.

So first I aimed for adults and the target ended up being kids.  Now I aim for kids, and the target ends up being adults.  

I can't seem to hit my audience.  I'm not sure what will happen, they will likely send it out to some other kids to get second opinions.  And I may have to 'funny it up' a bit.  Add a few fart jokes.
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Re: Bullies Don't Have Armpits
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2006, 05:18:23 PM »
Never mind...
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Re: Bullies Don't Have Armpits
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2006, 05:55:43 PM »
What? Did another kid read it and say it was funnier than the first book?

I do think that targeting one's work to an audience can be quite a conundrum. I think a lot of movie sequels and kids' movies suffer from it.
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Re: Bullies Don't Have Armpits
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2006, 12:37:15 PM »
No, the reviews came in and they were really good, at least from the adult perspective...  The kids gave it a 'good' (not an excellent), but the adult evals were much better than I thought, so I'm excited.  We'll see what happens.
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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2006, 01:02:50 PM »
You know, most segments of the publishing industry agree to buy the book and are almost done making it before they send it out for reviews.
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Re: Bullies Don't Have Armpits
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2006, 03:16:30 PM »
Welcome to the crazy world of Mormon literature. It's like dad left town for a while and forgot to lock up his publishing house.
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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2006, 04:16:21 PM »
Yeah, most places give you an advance, then the author writes the book, then it's sent out for a review.

In the LDS world, you write the book, they send it out for review, they publish it, and then if you are lucky they send you a few bucks.

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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2007, 01:41:05 AM »
Book pushed back to May, not April. 

And I lost my first scene.  :(  It was a right funny scene, too.  I'm going to take a page from the great House of Mustard (who may have taken it from Brandon), and post the scene to my blog one of these days.

They always cut out the best bits. 
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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2007, 01:36:34 AM »
Ha ha ha ha ha... Oh dear.

Hilarious. And I can totally see why.
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« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2007, 10:04:06 AM »
Yeah, but I guess people have different ideas of 'inappropriate'.   This is actually based on an experience my wife had (it wasn't her that heard wrong).  I told my boys the first chance I had.

Maybe I'm corrupting the poor little beggars.  :)
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