Friday, May 31, 2013

Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe

A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.

A good author friend of mine Trisha wrote this book, and being a history major with a fetish in historical and mythological elements I just HAD to pick this book up to read. The story is dripping with Egyptian elements. It's a refreshing take compared to all of the young adult books written about Greek mythology. What really brings the reader into the book is the world building the author did, it's so unique you find yourself mesmerized. I don't mind Greek mythology books, but some of them need a different story line. Seeing as to how the book is self-published it's written very well, just a few grammatical errors, but I'm not that picky so I enjoyed every second of the book. If you are looking for a mythology book with a refreshing take then this is the book you need to get your hands on.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Big "Thanks, but no thanks"

So as you've been following on my blog, I've been attempting to go the traditional route of getting published.

I spent two months revising, editing, and showed chapters to my critique partner. We went through together through the document making several changes to make the story as unique and interesting as possible. I read spent about two weeks working out the query letter, and followed the submission guidelines. 
I sent out about 200 query letters to agents, at least 100 of them had represented my favorite authors, represented projects similar to mine, or some were with some the top agencies. Can you guess the responses.

Yep, big old fat rejections.

Some sent an instant rejection within three hours. The top agent assistants responded with a "not what I'm looking for."One agent I also really wanted to work with told me that my story was interesting, and unique, but didn't think publishing could take on that book. I thought that was a really nice response.

I also had queried a one publisher that only takes unsolicited queries for two months, they were one I had wanted to work with as well, and got a rejection from them as well.

I'm starting to wonder what I should do with this book. I already finished drafting the second book since it's a planned series, and started working on the final book, I've been thinking of self-publishing it. It's such a unique story, and it would be a waste for it to just be sitting on my flash drive for a long time. If I self publish it, I can have all three of the books released in one year, as opposed to waiting for two years to see it available to readers. I'll probably have to investigate more on the self publishing before I decide to do anything.