I just discovered this forum full of kindred spirits. Thank you for being generous with your thoughts and actions.
My interest is in inspiring the next generation to self-actualize on behalf of the environment. To that end, I've written a full-length novel that my daughter (14), her friends, and my adult reviewers all believe is ready for publication. While I wrote it for a YA (young-adult) audience, it seems to appeal to a wide age range.
I'm not interested in making money on this. I'm looking for a way to self-publish, and for a way to distribute the book effectively. I'm hoping to reach parents who see eco-fiction as an entertaining means to both educate and motivate their middle-school and older kids, not to mention themselves.
Is this the right place? If so, I'd be happy to post a link to a .pdf version of the book now, and hopefully a link to a more permanent location on the web after publication. If posting a link isn't appropriate, I could simply email it to anyone interested.
A bit about the book: The title is "Katie Vale: Feet First," the first in a series dealing with environmental themes in a humorous and accessible way. The eighth-grade protagonist, Katie, lives in a fictional city in northern San Diego county. Through a series of mysterious events, Katie and a few classmates find themselves walking to school--something you simply don't do in self-conscious Mission Verdosa--making them a target for ridicule by some, and suspicion by others. Along the way, they team up with a secretive group of mentors and eco-warriors, home-based in a bizarre, mystical old bookstore. Katie discovers that she has the power to change the world as she and her friends navigate small-town politics, corporate espionage, and a seething intercity basketball rivalry.
Please let me know if I'm pushing the boundaries of what is allowed on this forum, and whether another might be more appropriate.