Queries That Hooked An Agent
As we fret our way through the query trenches, sending out our souls to the people who hold our dreams in their hands, we always wonder whether our queries are as awesome as we come to believe they are. And we must believe this otherwise we wouldn’t be sending them out.
We spend months (longer most likely) biting our nails and repeatedly ripping our perfect query to shreds. We enter competitions to critique them, we post them on forums in the hope someone out there has the magic wand that can turn our grain of sand into the pearl an agent is looking for.
Time and time they come back as a form rejection and we dive back into the query to see where we have gone wrong. Until that fateful day when someone sheds a ray of light in your direction and asks to see more of your story.
I am putting together a series of these pearls of the query world. Queries which have made some writers’ dreams come true. The dream of obtaining representation. Each post will show the query that got the writer a request and ultimately an offer of representation. The post will also include a paragraph by the agent on why the query worked for them. Finally I’ll be putting up a short bio about the author and agent with links to their websites/blogs.
Michelle Hauck rep’d by Sarah Negovetich is our first successful query to be posted for you to view. This query is for her novel PYGMY HAZARDS. Her blog is a fantastic resource for writers and also runs amazing contests. It should be on every writer’s must visit list. Her query that hooked an agent can be seen here.
Peggy Wheeler Eddleman, rep’d by Sara Crowe has graciously agreed to contribute her query for SKY JUMPERS (Due to be published by Random House September 24, 2013). I should have it ready for you by 14/15 Oct.
I hope you will find this series as enjoyable and educational as I will. 🙂