Much like everyone here, I'm working hard towards becoming an author. I figured it was about time I start reaching out to my fellow travelers. My name is Ian and I'm working to write and self publish a trilogy of books starting November 2011. Self publishing for a -lot- of reasons and pushing to do it quickly for even more reasons... As I'm sure a lot of folks here are shy about describing their books, I'm going to attempt to crack that by being straight forward about what my story is about. I'm writing a young adult trilogy taking place in New England that spans across several genres. Romance, fantasy/sci-fi, inspirational, etc. All cliche taglines of course, so an actual description might be more appropriate: The first book centers around two characters. A seventeen year old girl, Sara, who is struggling to escape her family and their self-destructive ways. She's desperate to make her way in the world and become more than what her family has raised her to be. It's the summer before college and she's all ready to to run. Until, of course, she meets Gabriel. Gabriel's a seventeen year old guy who cannot find his place in the world. Raised by a loving family that he was not born into, he doesn't know who he is. To make matters worse, he's been having traumatic night terrors for months vividly showing him that the world will be coming to an end. And each time, he knows it's his fault. And now he's started having dreams about the quiet girl he met in the coffee shop. Every dream with her, he fails to save her life and when she dies, the world soon follows. That'd be GUARDIAN: RELICS OF PROVIDENCE. The first book in the Relics of Providence trilogy. www.relicsofprovidence.com My first draft (what I refer to as the skeleton draft) is wrapping up in the next few weeks. Then it's to three months of editing, rewriting, and hopefully getting some critique's/reviews from about a dozen people. While I have plenty of friends/family offering to do so, they don't have the capability of giving me unbiased, constructive input. So I'm shopping around to forums to see if I can find myself a few people who don't know me at all who would be willing to give a 300+ page novel a read come September/October so I can be sure to put out the very best come November! And, to be honest, I'd like to do some peer reviewing myself. Having finally come back to my dream career I had in high school, I'd like to help others work towards the same goal. So hello! I'm hoping to make a decent impact in these forums. And I'd love to hear from any folks who have interest in helping me out!