I started writing it ten years ago and tried desperately to get it published in the conventional way, or at least get an agent but it was so difficult. Most of the places I sent it to took around six months to reply and only wanted it in isolation, so I couldn't send it anywhere else. Then finally after months of waiting it would come back rejected. There is so much competition out there and it seems in Children's fiction, unless you are already very famous or destined to be the next J K Rowling, it will be very hard to get published in this way.
I did have many good comments though from major publishing houses which is rare as many only send a standard response, I think that is why I refused to give up as some of the comments were very encouraging.
The story is about a teenager who is trying to cope with the death of his identical twin brother, it shows his journey through bereavement, while trying to cope with being bullied at school, his only pleasure is Birdwatching. I will not say anymore, just in case you wish to download it and read it at the very reasonable price of £0.77 pence. (Well I had to get a plug in somewhere)
It will probably never be a best seller but at least I did something with it and now I can concentrate on other projects like the sequel and I want to do some more article writing. I got fresh inspiration for writing magazine articles just this week when one of my articles was published in the December issue of Dogs Monthly.
So, it may have taken ten years but at last 'Red Kite' has flown the nest and I can move on to other things.