Natalie Bahm (lilnatty on QT) has signed with agent Sara Megibow of KT Literary.
In just a few pages I summarize the events of the book with bullets and then I put scenes that I want to add in yellow and highlight scenes that need to be deleted in red. This is so helpful because once the book is thousands of words long it's hard to decide where to put new things. This way I just have to look through three or four pages instead of two hundred.
Dear Ms. Megibow:
When eleven-year-old Ally discovers the neighborhood boys are digging a tunnel to an abandoned steel mill she is faced with a dilemma. Should she join them and help dig to the mysterious and seriously off-limits steel mill while spending time with the sixth grade heartthrob Paul, or should she tell her parents, end the boys’ fun, but save them from the accident that’s bound to happen?
Ally decides to join the boys in hopes her involvement can push them to make the tunnel safer. She initiates the building of supports and then helps dig for months (with many adventures on the way) before she and the boys finally break through to the steel mill.
But when two notorious bank robbers known as the Gauze Men find the tunnel and discover where it leads, they decide to use it to get to the perfect hideout- miles of industrial buildings surrounded by a fifteen foot fence, that no one has been inside for twenty years… no one but all the neighborhood boys and Ally. When Ally and Paul get trapped inside the mill with the Gauze Men, Ally must escape and get help.
UNDERGROUND is my first novel. It is written for a middle grade audience and is complete at about 33,000 words.
I’d be happy to send you sample pages or the complete manuscript if you are interested. Thank you for your time.