I read a pretty awesome post today by Susan Kay Quinn about self-publishing and it has renewed my hope in giving up on querying. Querying is beyond frustrating, agents with all the power telling us that we just aren't the one that they can take on in this economy. Rachelle Gardner revealed at her blog that most first-time authors don't even make enough to sell through the advance that they get on their book and it can be all that they make on the book. A self-published author can sometimes make more than that if the story is good enough. Everyone's experience is going to be different, but it can be done. You should really check out her post!
I've decided that I want to self-publish one of my novels. I'm looking for two or three critique partners to work on it with me. I will definitely return the favor. The one I'm looking for help with is "To Love Without Hope".
Here's the summary:
The faded image on the missing poster taped to the diner door, haunts every waking thought of Sophie Olson’s life. Jordan Michaels disappeared two months ago without a trace, and his body was never found.
Nineteen-year-old Sophie is not a stranger to pain; being raised by a neglecting father will do that. She believes that no one should know the truth of her life and is content to live a lie that everything is okay. Her life crumbles as she is snatched by a sinister and eerie man one April night. Her best friend Matt tries to protect her and is taken into the darkness with her. The basement shows no hope of escape and the chain on her wrist clinks on the stone floor; the depiction of a slave to a man named Everett. Sophie quickly finds herself face to face with the boy from the poster. Jordan is broken and beaten. She begins to believe the lies that Everett spews; there is no hope, only death to come. Despite it all, Sophie starts to fall in love with Jordan and Matt and it’s a deeper love than she could ever imagine. But it won’t save her.
Inspired by a true story, TO LOVE WITHOUT HOPE is a 52,000 word journey of broken faith in God and a love that that will break our hearts and heal them. This life-changing story tells the tale of unbearable pain, lost hope, and the fight to overcome, even if we can’t survive.
I have already done three drafts of the novel and I'm looking for input on characters, plot, and overall quality of the writing. Any little typos that can be caught would help too. Those things are tricky. I will send one chapter at a time and give you time to read, make notes, and send back. Please, pretty please! I will compensate you if necessary. :)
If you are interested, leave me a comment with your email address or send me an email at kristam[at]iastate.edu. I would be so very, very appreciative! You might even end up in the acknowledgements!! :)