I am trying something new. And scary. And also exciting!
Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan publishing under Feiwel and Friends, is a crowd-sourced publishing site. That means it relies on readers to help find manuscripts to publish.
I've read some wonderful books that have come about as a result of Swoon Reads. Which is why over the weekend, I decided to just "go for it" and put one of my unpublished YA manuscripts up on the site for people to read. I have a couple of other manuscripts that are out on submission right now, but this one isn't on sub currently.
So, if you'd like to read it, you CAN! All you have to do is create an account on the site, then you can download the app if you want so you can read on your phone or an iPad or whatever. You don't even have to read the whole thing if you don't want - you can still rate and review after reading some of it. And any good ratings would help me a lot!!
What's the book about, you ask? It's an interweaving tale of four teenagers during a summer of loss, love, healing, and sweet things.
Ingrid, Penelope, Lance, and Jewel are teens, each of them dreading the summer at Sunriver Resort that looms, long and lonely, ahead of them. For Ingrid, this is the first summer at the family vacation home without her younger sister, Olivia, who died six months ago from brain cancer. Penelope has moved to Sunriver with her family, and wants to lose herself in work and songwriting, as she tries to deal with her best friend dating the guy of her dreams back in Texas. Lance’s dad thought a change of scenery would do Lance and him some good, after Lance’s mom left them, but without his gamer friends and video games, he isn’t sure he’ll even survive the summer. Before she left for Sunriver with her large family, Jewel endured a break-up leaving her heart-broken. When each of the teens gets a job at Goody’s fountain shop, it’s serving up sweet treats that brings them together, but it’s the mutual understanding of loss that makes them friends. What starts out as the worst summer ever for these four lonely teens becomes the whoopie pie of all summers – memorable, satisfying, and oh, so sweet.
It's very much a summer book, which is why I decided to submit it now. Hopefully some readers will find it and read it before the sunny season is a distant memory.
Here's a photo collage I made to give folks a feel for the story.
Okay, that's all from me for now. Happy summer!