Are you dealing with query fear? Well, I don't blame you. Queries are just about the worst thing ever. Okay...maybe there are a few worse things in this world. But when it comes to the process of getting published, querying is no fun. If you're busy crafting your query for the Wilde's Fire Editor Judged Contest and feeling frustrated, or if you're hesitant to enter because of the query, I want to help.
Below I posted the query that got me a full request and ultimately got me a publishing deal with Curiosity Quills. I'm not saying that I'm a query genius, but it worked! :)
If you're new to querying, I suggest you check out this link - The Parts of a Good Query Letter. Susan Dennard is a query genius.
Finally, if your name is listed on the linky here, I'll be happy to look at your query and first 500 words before you post. Of course, you'll also get feedback from other entrants before you submit your final copy, but if you want another pair of eyes before you even post, email me at sharonebayliss (at) yahoo (dot) com. Please send your query by 5/22.
Dear Curiosity Quills Editor,
Eighteen-year-old Warren King has been protecting his brother, Isaac, from bullies ever since Isaac decided to wear a top hat to the third grade. So when Isaac is kidnapped, Warren heads out to bust some faces. But Warren didn’t expect the bully to be the King of the Texas Empire. Warren’s mother confesses that Warren and his brother are some of the last members of the Texas royal family. The new King is hunting down his relatives before the true heir decides to say, “Hey man, you’re in my seat.”
Warren must save his brother and avoid capture himself armed with nothing more than a fifteen year old Camry and MapQuest directions to Texas. He gets help from a spirited Texan named Lena who is first girl that ever made him want to do things like iron creases in his pants. She’s ready to help him take on the King, but since she’s an anti-monarchy activist dating the son of the President of the United States, he’s not sure if she’s going to kiss him or shoot him. Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now he must embark into a West that stayed wild and choose to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.
THE CHARGE is an 80,000 word New Adult science fiction adventure set on an alternate timeline where a dictator took over the Republic of Texas in 1836 and built his own empire in the West. It can stand alone, but I have outlined it to be the first book in a five part series.