We did write the book ...... it happened like this .... Many of you know of (some participate in) National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which happens every year in November. One of those wild-hare! ideas that started in San Francisco some years ago and is now a world-wide phenomenon. The idea is to start from scratch on Nov. 1, try to write every day, and knock out 50,000 words by the end of the month .. that is sort of the lower bound for pages in a novel.
In 2006 a bunch of us got together and agreed to give it a go. BL and I decided each to write about our time with rabbits and then maybe piece it together into a book. (This was at the Peak of Marley and Me and Disapproving Rabbits was on the way.) We spent about 2 hours almost every morning at it, and each finished our 50,000 words by end of November!
Then was spent a long time condensing and combining and we sent a draft (like the picture) to several friends and acquaintances who could give us critiques. A good friend and talented artist drew black and white renderings of all our bunns for the book chapters - that is Zoey on the cover! While waiting for feedback, we crafted many query letters to about 20 or so literary agents and publishing houses .. scoured up from the I-net and from a friend who attended a San Francisco Writer's Conference.
At about the time that the last, reasonably nice, and very helpful, critique responses came in, so did the last of the 20 or so rejection notices! This whole process took about a year.
We decided to stop, take a break, regroup, and consider how to re craft the book and maybe sometime try again. It sits in the big box, awaiting that new muse!
In the meantime, we did do NaNoWriMo again in 2007, but this time for fun with no expectations. BL did a nice book about her immigrant father and I did an OK rendition of my early life. Both received extremely limited distribution to interested family members with expected results!
We bagged 2008, but several of us are sort of thinking ahead to 2009 and by gosh fame may strike yet!
Our experience and situation is what prompted me to ask Bunny Girl to elaborate more on her writing and publishing method and her response is intriguing. We'll see where we go next!
Thanks .... in the meantime, back to slavery ...