I've added a "Free Stuff" section to the sidebar, including a free story in PDF format (a piece that was published in Morpheus Tales #1 last summer), an audio story (more to come), and my website (yeah, I have one of those too...what a geek). All I hear about lately is "give stuff away" so I am. Listen to this wonderful story from NPR about the future of publishing. In my opinion, it doesn't sound like a time to protect content.
So the contest: I'm begging for feedback on my query for The House Eaters. If you need more information, I can forward a synopsis if you email me at aaron_polson(at)hotmail.com. The rules: post a constructive comment (positive, negative, helpful) between now and Sunday, and I will draw a winner from the lot. Said winner will receive a copy of either Monstrous or The Black Garden (winner's pick). I will even sign the book, although that is likely to lessen its value.
Here is the query (at least the hook bit; I'm still working out the bio):
I am seeking representation for my young adult dark fantasy, The House Eaters, a novel blending coming of age trials with Native American mythology and a non-traditional haunted house narrative.
When high school senior Nick Gillingham’s mother loses her job in Kansas City, his family moves to a small town—his father’s hometown—to save money. A new house and a new school are the least of Nick’s problems. On his first day in the neighborhood, he discovers The House, a ruined mansion tucked inside a crevice carved from the surrounding hillside.
It’s not bad enough that Nick begins to hear disembodied voices after the discovery; the local football team decides he is their new tackling dummy, the queen of the school tries to manipulate him for her own selfish purposes, and his parents’ marriage begins to disintegrate. Could something in the ruined house cause all these problems? Does his elderly neighbor know what lurks under the hills surrounding Broughton’s Hollow?