Madcap Library: a halt

I recently received some feedback from a publisher on the Madcap Library stories, and I wanted to put a bit of my reaction here.

I admit, it wasn’t nice feedback – actually, that’s unfair. It was very constructive, and it did have a lot of good points, but it was quite hard to read. The jist is that I need to work on my plots; I need simpler storylines; there are too many characters; the Library’s quite hard to understand; and none of the stories are really suitable for conversion to a picture book or for younger readers – all of which is quite true. Once I’d got past my automatic angry defence of my writing, I was able to admit that the feedback was right – and write a very nice thank-you letter to the lady who took time to give me her thoughts!

However, the problem is that I’ve known all of the above for a little while, and simply haven’t had the time – or brainspace – to rewrite. I was also recently given some ideas on Sloth stories by the wonderful Sir Sam, and although they all spark something, I just haven’t been able to get the words out. It’s as if there’s a block in my head preventing anything from being translated onto the page.

So, essentially, I’m taking a break from Madcap Library. I want – and need! – to rewrite old stories and write new stories. For the moment, there’s so much going on that, for a variety of reasons, I simply can’t do that. It’s frustrating as I want to spend time on it, but I think I need to formally shelve it for the sake of my sanity until – well, likely Christmas, I suspect.

I’ll still continue with other work; I’ve got to work out what I want to write for Nano 2014 (probably Heights & Horizons) and I also still have Desert Sands going round in my head. But the Sloth on rollerblades has temporarily been halted.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.