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The book has been read by about 10 people with varying skill sets- self-proclaimed “literary gurus” and down the list to your mom (my mom, actually). Each has provided feedback and notes- even correcting grammar and spelling with a goddamned red pen. I’m probably in my 4th or 5th rewrite and I feel the current version is pretty clean- however, I’m looking for a true set of professional eyes to tighten things up and help it “sparkle like a unicorn.”
I’d like to pursue traditional publishing should I find an agent who sees promise, but I’m prepared to self-publish if necessary. The book is non-traditional in many ways, which I already understand limits its “commercial viability.” My primary goal / concern is to create the best possible version for the reader that we can- if that happens to align with the industry status quo, sweet. If not, we still made an amazing book and I get to exercise my middle finger!
I deal with criticism well- believe it or not, I’ve experienced rejection. I’d love for you to tell me that the book is a pile of steamy unworkable crap, as long as you truly mean it from the bottom of your heart. However, that doesn’t mean that the project needs a jaded windbag pointing out flaws- believe me, I know there are flaws (remember, I wrote them?)- but rather, it needs optimistic solutions on ways to dazzle the reader. In short, make me look like a genius. I’m serious. That’s not too much to ask, is it???
Here’s the garbage writeup I’ve been using to describe the book- remember that thing I wrote about dazzley unicorns a moment ago? Well, this is not that. Don’t judge a book by its pre-marketing synopsis…
Let’s do this.
Two Gods, sisters, go to trial for the murder and unsanctioned resurrection of a mortal—the verdict condemning mankind for eternity.
In the beginning there was love. The Goddess of Life in an elated romance with a beloved mortal. Her sister killed him. Their combined actions ripped a hole in destiny and plagued mankind with an age of unprecedented corruption, brutal wars, and religious absolution. After failed diplomacy, the King of the Gods is left with no choice but take the persona of a modern mortal—the famed genetic scientist Dr. Hork—and live among the people trying to save humanity before they ultimately destroy themselves and everything The Gods have worked tirelessly to protect.
THE FINAL BOOK: GODS tells the story of mankind, how it has arrived at this current juncture, and what is needed to ensure its future. The narrative is set in modern day but is rooted in history, pulling from cultures and mythology across the world and throughout time. The divine romance tugs at the heartstrings and is unraveled over a series of love letters laden across a millennia— a lost Goddess’s beautiful and heartfelt words contrasting the savagery committed by mortals.
This 154,000-word upmarket novel is woven in a way to appeal to fans of science fiction, historical fiction, and mythology while at the same time dealing with complex psychological, societal, and ethical issues that reflect our world today. Its diverse character selection, nontraditional structure, and provocative undertones make THE FINAL BOOK: GODS a refreshing and compulsive read that may appeal to those interested in the early works of Sam Bourne or a mature version of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.
I’ve attached the first three chapters for your perusing.