I did some querying at first but soon realized it's almost impossible for a self-published author to find a traditional publisher without an agent and likewise almost impossible to find an agent unless you have a track record of success. Thus, my plan is to build my author platform by self-publishing the four books of my beyond saga and promoting them through websites, social media, press releases, giveaways, etc. With the beyond saga complete, I plan to query again with the significant sales, readership, and proof to show my writing is worth agents' and publishers' time.
My books all go through the following structured process:
1) Brainstorm, outline, and write first rough draft
2) Refine characters/plot, self-edit, and polish second rough draft
3) Submit chapters to a critique group for feedback and apply to draft 3
4) Work with a professional editor to apply both developmental and line edits (drafts 4 and 5)*
4) Have proofreader revise the book, apply changes to draft 6
5) Have beta readers provide feedback and apply to draft 7
* Beyond Cloud Nine was edited by Rose Fox who now works for Publisher's Weekly
Honestly, selecting an Underground Reviewer was very difficult because none of the reviewers on the staff/team page state that they read science fiction/space opera/hard science fiction. Thus, I'm not sure I picked the right person, so I hope my book will still be considered by all reviewers before getting tossed if the selected reviewer isn't interested.
In the end, I chose Steve because his preference for Science-Fantasy is the closest thing to science fiction I could find in the reviewer profiles. Other potential reviewers might be Aimee (my book has an ethical dilemma that should make readers think), Anita (she's a book lover across all genres), Chantelle (my book has dystopian elements), Katie Rose (she lists classic SF as her #6 preference, and Booklife likens my book to an old-fashioned space opera), or Kim (my book has a complex female protagonist, although it isn't a mystery). There are also reviewers listed in the dropdown menu that aren't listed on the staff page. I checked out their websites but none stated that they write or read science fiction.
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis lives for pushing hundreds of gees in orbital combat, but she’d give it all up in a moment to become the first human to fly faster than light. When Brooke stumbles upon a conspiracy involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest levels of government, she finds their goals seductive but their methods abhorrent. With the moral core of human civilization hanging in the balance, she must risk her shot at history, her family, and her life to prevent the schemers from forcing their nefarious brand of salvation upon the solar system.
Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis dreams of becoming the first human to fly faster than light.