A couple of years ago I jumped into the query trenches in search of a literary agent for a book called Holding Space. Although I didn’t succeed in finding an agent, out of the 48 queries sent, I received 7 requests for a full. A request for a full means the agent is enticed and wants to read the full manuscript. So that’s a 25% request rate, which is pretty darn good. 🙂
But it wasn’t being picked up, so last fall I sent the manuscript out for another look-see by a developmental editor. This resulted in substantive revisions, followed by another run past a couple of beta readers. It also received a new name – one I feel is more suited to the market:
The Light at the End of the World
On May 18 at 2130 Coordinated Universal Time, the human race mysteriously vanishes. In an instant, the world crashes to a stop. Everything lies where it fell. Across the deserted landscape of Canada, three women find themselves utterly alone, each fearing she may be humanity’s only survivor.
In Manitoba, Canadian Air Force veteran Kat Russo is searching the airwaves when she picks up a radio signal coming from a survivor at Seal Island Lighthouse, on the west coast of British Columbia. Buoyed by hope, she begins the long westward journey. When the horrors of her past converge with those of the present, these nightly broadcasts become Kat’s lifeline.
This isn’t the story of what happened; it’s the story of what happens next.
THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD is a work of literary post-apocalyptic fiction, complete at 82,000 words. A character-driven story of survival, family and the fundamental nature of love, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele, Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, and Rice Waubgeshigs’s Moon of the Crusted Snow.
As of mid-May I’m back in the query trenches with it because I believe in this story. I really do. Wish me luck!
New Works in Progress
I’m currently working on another piece of science fiction. The working title is The Face of Amore. It’s about a colony struggling to exist on another planet, but that’s all I’m going to say for now as I’m still in the blueprint & very early first-draft stage at the moment. But like everything I write, it will explore themes of survival, family, and the fundamental nature of love.