It's Friday, everyone...woo-hoo!
I want to give a special welcome to some new readers who may find their way over to my blog from the guest post I did on Matt Rush's blog today.
Matt has a great blog that I encourage all of you to check out. He focuses on the query process (ugh...the nightmares of querying still haunt me. It's such a wild ride!). He shares his own experience with querying and features a signed agent's query letter each Friday. Today it is my letter...yay!
You can go over to his blog to read my letter, but I wanted to share the wonderful response I got from Lina Sion (my super agent at Global Literary Management) offering representation. Nothing is better than an e-mail like the following:
I finished reading CANARY and I was very impressed with the writing as well as the juxtaposition of the Blog with the narrative. I found the character of Kate very well developed, you can feel the angst that is so characteristic of teenagers. The plot is executed quite well and is totally believable notwithstanding the edgy aspect of it.
I would love to speak with you and see if we can work together.
Let me know when is a good time to call you.
Seriously, how great is that? Needless to say, I was beside myself!
Now my book is on submission (fingers crossed) and I can't wait until I get an e-mail telling me that my book has sold.
You can check out my query on Matt's blog, but I wanted to make a comment about what I didn't include...the hook. I feel like the hook is one of the most important elements of a query, but after getting feedback from an agent (see Matt's post), I combined my information and it still seemed to work. It was a crazy gamble, but it worked out in the end. However, I would advise you to use a hook. Get that agent's attention. Don't be like me!
Here's my original hook:
Kate is propelled into the world of privilege when her dad becomes coach of one of the state’s top high school basketball teams, but when a player violates her trust, she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
What about you? What is your hook?
I'm offering to critique 10 queries and draw two winners for a 30 page manuscript critique. I'm not an expert, but I am a high school English teacher and MFA student so I do have lots of experience offering advice.
1) You must be a follower
2) If you'd like the chance to have me look at your query letter or manuscript, post your hook in the comment section by midnight Wednesday (April 21).
3) You can have an extra chance at being drawn each time you tweet, blog or Facebook this contest (just post which you did in the comment section)
I'll draw ten winners randomly for query critiques and two winners for the 30 page manuscript critique.
Now go enjoy Friday!