Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rejection Letter

My first rejection email has arrived from an agent that I thought for sure would be interested based on the other authors they represent. I sent the query back in October. October! That is five months it took them to read my query and reject it. Agents must really be backed up.The agency didn't give any feedback of why they weren't interested.

 I'm glad to get my first rejection letter, it feels like a rite of passage as a true writer.

I have my next agent in mind I'm really interested in. At the Changing Hands writers conference I attended last month, I was inspired by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Terry's class. (if you want to read the blog click here--> It's a great time to be an author) They suggested going to your favorite books and those like your story and read the acknowledgement page as a great way to find an agent. I've had two series of books that I love and always reference my book as "like" stories. Lo and behold, I looked in the acknowledgment section for both and the same agent represents them. I'm excited to query him but my query has to be perfect to catch his attention. See previous blog for query always-in-pursuit-of-perfect-query. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Always in pursuit of the perfect query letter- how's this?

Demons and Angels live among us, most of the time undetected and unseen. For eighteen-year old Krystal Teigen being aware of those spiritual creatures is a common occurrence, until a dark force becomes terrifyingly tangible. 
Growing up in Normal, Illinois proves to be ironic as Krystal is anything but normal. She can't shake the ghostly feeling of someone looming around her. When her family falls on hard times, she moves with them to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Krystal bumps into Boyd McLaws and is reminded they were once caught kissing in the barn when they were children. Boyd seems more than eager to take up where they left off but catastrophes keep happening when they are together. Krystal realizes she is the one who has put Boyd at risk when a strange wind pushes him off a cliff during a hike. Trying to find help Krystal encounters Seth, he claims he’s her “guard” sent to help. While Boyd is laid up with a broken leg Krystal makes friends with a tattooed bad boy; hanging out with him gets her into trouble with the local police. The officers enlist her to act as an informant to gain evidence on the drugs coming into their town. She is hesitant to cooperate until she realizes her younger brother is being lured into the very group the police want her to infiltrate. When things turn deadly, Krystal learns why she matters to those beyond.