My job is the best, not only because I get to sit around reading all day, but also because my clients work super hard and often get rewarded with agents and book deals, and it's simply exhilarating to share in their excitement.
Quite a few books have come out over the past 10 months (CRACKED by Eliza Crewe was the first, back in October), but THE AFTERMATH by Jen Alexander was the first book that went through the whole entire process with me.
And when Jen sent me an ARC this past spring, and I opened it, and I saw that she had dedicated the book to me--well, I definitely cried. And today, that book is out in the big, scary world.
Naturally, I want everyone to buy a copy so she can write a bazillion more so I can have the pleasure of reading her books forever.
Because August's Pitch Wars query promo went so well, I'm gonna do a similar thing for September (*in this case, September starts 8/25):
Buy THE AFTERMATH, send me a screenshot of proof, and receive 10% off a full manuscript critique OR a free one-pass query critique.
Here are two blog posts I've written before about Jen's fantastic writing: agent signing and book deal announcement.
Still on the fence about THE AFTERMATH? Here's the Goodreads description:
Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.
A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger
or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.
In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.
Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge sometimes with devastating consequences all just to live another day.
With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.
If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival and a life beyond the only world Claudia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.
Go forth, buy, read, enjoy, and send me your queries/manuscripts!
Happy book birthday, Jen!!!
(P.S. In a strange twist of fate, it's also my critique partner Jen Malone's book birthday for AT YOUR SERVICE! All Jens are awesome. Buy her book, too!)