That’s the story.
I want to thank everyone who followed along and offered support. I’ve been working on this thing for literally years, and was terrified what the reaction might be. Y’all had such kind things to say here, on Facebook, and in person, and that means more to me than you’ll ever know.
A lovely person is editing this thing and pointing out where I got my tenses wrong (oof), when targets are confusing (eek) and places where things just don’t make sense (ugh). (Side note: Lovely person said, “Please don’t hate me.” I said, “Oh, no, I don’t hate you. But the person who’s making all of these purple edits in the margins is a total dick.”)
Um, looking at his edits so far… I’m truly sorry you had to read it in this state.
When the edits are done, I’ll revise again and then begin the query process with the goal of getting it published. It’s a long shot, but weirder things have happened.
I may need to take this down when I start querying. So if you know someone who might enjoy this story in its amateur state, please send them this way soon. More readers might even help my publishing chances. I don’t know how this stuff works; I just wrote a story. What happens after that is magic as far as I’m concerned.
Oh, and if you’re an agent, a publisher, or know someone like that: Hi.
Anyway. Thanks again for being here and helping me get this out there. My appreciation is deep. I’m totally making hand hearts for you right now.
Until we meet again, happy landings.