…well, I hope it does. I was inspired to (finally) get around to finishing off the revised manuscript for You’re a pest Betsy Thubslurp by a tweet from an agent stating that publishers in Bologna were on the look out for illustrated funny fiction for younger readers. The main changes were the addition of 3 new short stories. I know publishers hate short stories these days, but they’re expansions of the original story, extending the arc of Coco coming to terms with her new sister. I also added an extra chapter to the original story, expanding on just why Coco hates Hippopotamus so much.
The 3 extra stories are all based on real life events by the way – and the characters of Whee Whee Boy, Football Mad and Big Sweary are 100% real, believe it or not, although on reflection, the conservative British children’s publishing world will probably reject this book outright, just for the inclusion of a character called ‘Big Sweary’. So you’ll probably never get to read about them, anyway 🙁