I have a Young Adult novel I slaved over for the better part of a year. I took it to the New York Fiction Pitch last April and had two editors (one from a big six house) and two agents ask for the full manuscript. Not just a treatment or a synopsis, mind you, but the whole shebang.
And it turns out that I have a great book that they really enjoyed reading, but they're looking for a quirky teen story with a sarcastic guy or girl with LGBT issues, an eating disorder, suicidal tendencies or a terminal disease.
That's not my book. My girl is wicked smart and incredibly resourceful, her guy is sarcastic, but compassionate, and this is a Sci/Fi fantasy without any vampires, werewolves, angels, demons or dystopian societies.
In other words, it's something new. And I guess they're not looking for that.
But maybe you guys are. Or your young adult/teen kids are. So I'm putting it out there and I'm asking for your help.
Swoon Reads is running a YA novel contest and I just entered the book. For the next six months, my book will be up on their site, free of charge for all of you to read. You have to create an account to read it (with the bare minimum of personal info), but other than the email they send to confirm your email address, you won't get spammed, I promise. Once you create an account, you can read, and here's the big, important part: I need you to leave me feedback and VOTE!!!!
The books with the highest votes (and the contest runs quarterly, so I'll be up for 2 runs) gets a full publishing contract for both ebook and paperback through Macmillan Publishing. And that would be awesome.
So Readers, help a sister out, would you? Read my book. Leave your honest feedback, and vote for me!
Help me get this done, Readers. I know I can always count on you!!