Wednesday, July 18, 2012

on writing success - a successful query letter

Dear Ms. Kriss:

As you represent strong authors in the adult urban fantasy genre such as Vicki Pettersson
and Lilith Saintcrow, and your agency’s website also states an interest in Young Adult fiction,
I thought you might be interested in seeing my contemporary fantasy novel for older YA
readers, THE IRON WITCH.

Freak. That’s what they called seventeen-year-old Dona Underwood in high school after a
horrific fey attack that killed her father when she was just a child. Her injuries and subsequent rehabilitation resulted in magically enhanced strength, thanks to the iron tattoos branding
her hands and arms.

Now, after ten years of wishing for a normal life, she finally has to accept her role in the
centuries-old war against the darkest outcasts of Faerie. Aided by a gorgeous half-fey dropout
and a depressed biker-chick vampire, Dona must race to save her best friend’s life – even if it
means betraying one of the world’s greatest secrets and confronting the very thing that
destroyed her family.

Although I am from London in the United Kingdom, I think my writing will find a more
natural market in the United States. THE IRON WITCH is set in the imaginary city of
Ironbridge in Western Massachusetts, and I hope it will appeal to readers of Melissa Marr
and Holly Black. The novel is complete at 65,500 words and I have just begun work on
nother book set in the same world.

As per the current submission guidelines, I have pasted the first ten pages and a detailed
synopsis below, and would be delighted to send the full manuscript at your request.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.


Karen Mahoney

Via Writer's Digest

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