I finally submitted my novel to my first publisher! Since it is a young adult novel, I first sent it to Flux, a publisher that deals with young adult. They accepted (and preferred) e-mail submissions, so I sent them a copy first. On their web site they said they would only contact people if they were interested in the submission for publication and if I don’t hear back from them within two months, I’ll keep going around submitting my novel to different publishers. Hardly anyone ever gets accepted on their first submission.
Here’s the final count: 210 pages with almost 49,000 words. And here’s the new book description that I wrote for it:
Fifty years ago a demon known as Liquidus was summoned to seek vengeance, but it was sealed away when it was going to far. Now the demon has been released for more sinister purposes. Too Close to the Ground follows the stories of a man with mechanical angel wings who now controls Liquidus, a vampire who wants to steal control of Liquidus, a mysterious family that’s trying to destroy the demon, and a teenager named Russell Phoenix who is connected to everyone as he gets dragged in a battle that will change his life. Times are getting dangerous in the small Oklahoman town. While attacks are being made against the Mayor’s life, Liquidus grows more powerful with each life it takes. Russell must hurry to save the lives of his friends and not crash into the ground while doing so.
I’ll let you know if I get accepted or rejected. Rejecting is a big deal. I mean, J.K. sent Harry Potter around and it got rejected a dozen times. I know submitting the novel isn’t as big news as actually having it published, but it’s still news I thought I’d share with you guys.