My name is Luisa and I am the author of Uraçu Falls (provisional title), an exciting 71,000-word Young Adult novel featuring supernatural powers, family secrets and a perilous journey at the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.
After completing my last draft over a year ago I was eager to seek the honest opinion of my target audience.
The feedback received from a small number of young readers aged between 9 and 14 (with whom I had no personal connections with and who were given the manuscript through friends), has been extremely encouraging and can be found at the end of this page.
One reader described my novel as a mix between ‘Harry Potter’ and the ‘Jungle Book’, although I would add a bit of ‘Indiana Jones’ to this mix.
This positive reception was very encouraging, however in order to gain the attention of professional agents and publishers, or even to think about self-publishing, every manuscript must be impeccably polished and with English being my second language I know that my novel may be improved with the help of a professional editor.
As a first-time writer with little money to spare, I would be extremely grateful for your help in funding the editing of my manuscript, a first important step on the path to publication.
I have now spoken to a professional editor who, after viewing the first three chapters of my manuscript, has quoted me £1,350 for a structural copy-editing of my manuscript (developmental, substantive and content editing).
She is a well-established editor who has helped many first-time YA writers achieve publication and whose work has been praised by award-winning authors and renowned publishers.
I really believe that with her help my manuscript will achieve its full potential and be made ready for publication.
Any donation, big or small, to help me cover this cost will be greatly appreciated.
As a thank you, I will mention each and every one of you in the acknowledgments section of my book once this is published. I will also keep you all updated on any relevant development, so that you too can feel a little pride in the event of my book becoming a success.
This is the story of how my book came about…
To me, books have always been a great source of comfort, refuge and adventure, especially during difficult times.
‘Uraçu Falls’ has been my way of coping with grief after a terrible loss.
When I lost my husband Gilbert to depression nearly six years ago I felt devastated.
Gilbert was a loving husband and a caring father to our two beautiful girls. He was a funny and intelligent man and a talented guitarist, however he also struggled with depression due to his upbringing in a highly dysfunctional family. Young Gilbert never quite received the love, support and encouragement a child needs to thrive and develop self-esteem: sadly, Gilbert could never see how wonderful a man he really was.
I had always wondered how different Gilbert’s life would have been if he had been adopted soon after birth, and after his death the numerous ‘what ifs’ in my head began to weave a story, an alternative reality in which a loving adoptive family had provided young Gilbert with love, trust and support.
Books let us travel safely through time and space and so allow us to defy reality, and in my book I wanted to give Hube (his nickname) a second chance, one where he could be happy and live a fun and adventurous life. Crucially, I wanted young Hube to know that he was cherished and that he could always count on the people he loved, no matter what.
Somehow, the Hube in my story became an adopted narcoleptic boy who discovers that his illness is actually the side effect of a supernatural power. In ‘Uraçu Falls’ (formerly ‘Hube and the mystical source of power’) Hube will also face a series of life-changing events leading him to a dangerous rescue mission on an imaginary mountain at the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.
Gilbert loved reading and was a fan of graphic novels and fantasy, so a story with him as the protagonist couldn’t possibly lack a few fantastical elements...
This book is about courage and resilience, but it also hopes to instil a sense of wonder and the desire to travel, even if only through its pages – after all, reading is for many the only way to explore the world.
As you can imagine, this book is very important to me and I would be eternally grateful to see my dream come true: a new life for my beloved Hube, and a new world of adventure for the next generation of young readers!
… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A few snippets from the feedback received (without giving the story away!)
‘Firstly thank you SO much for sending me your manuscript which I stayed up until 00:30 one night to finish feasting my imagination on the last 100 pages. […] My initial thoughts after reading even just the first dozen pages were WOW. I had no problem visualising everything I read. How long do I have to wait for a sequel? […] I also felt hooked and gripped the whole way through. It was the type of book that you don’t want to put down.’ - Ryan, age 12
‘[…] My favourite part of the story was when they got the amulets because it had lots of description about the meanings of the amulets […] and I wished I had my own. […] It was a really exciting story, and I learned about cool places that I would love to visit. […] The book was exciting and I felt like I was there with them.’ - Lyla, age 9
‘This book is the most intriguing book I’ve read in a long time. It has the adventure of The Jungle Book and the magic of Harry Potter. […] This is a book filled with friendship. I really do hope that L.T. Scott writes more books and if she does then I can’t wait to read them.’ - Ruby, age 10
‘I absolutely loved your novel! […] I thought the plot of the story was fantastic and really captivating, I loved the sense of adventure. I think every character had really complex, interesting set of traits that really made the story relatable. […] Overall, I think this novel is amazing and I think you should be extremely proud of creating such a great story. I feel really lucky to have been able to read it at this early stage. I loved this book so much and I think you should definitely get ready to write a sequel.’ - Seirian, age 14