I'm on the hunt for some beta readers for my middle-grade fantasy fiction novel. I've been submitting to agents and am not getting any responses, so I'm hoping to get some fresh eyes on where I might be going wrong. I'm new to this process as this is the first work I've sent out, so I'm worried I'm somehow missing the mark.
My novel opens on 12-year-old Poppy, she is struggling with the move up to secondary school and the changes it has wrought on her and her friends. She is also filled with concern for her father; why has he stopped coming home? And why won't her mother talk about it?
Poppy faces more changes when she and her brother are sent to their grandparents' canal boat for the summer. There they meet the cloud people, a race of beings who live in the sky and control the weather and the elements. They introduce Poppy and her brother to a world of magic, friendship, adventure and knowledge.
But not all clouders are friendly. Some of them disapprove of humans, and some will do anything to keep her out of their world.
If anyone thinks that sounds worth a read please get in touch! I would love to find anyone willing to read the submission packet (query letter and 5,000 words), or the novel (complete at 60,000 words).
I am more than happy to read your work in exchange and offer what feedback I can.