Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Query Letters

I've been diligently rewriting my query letter simply in the quest to fulfill a dream of taking the series into a new level and trying to grab the attention of a larger publishing company.

I know every author reading this blog is looking, praying, and hoping to land that wonderful contract in which you receive $100,000 bucks, outrageous media coverage, and a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Well, most of those authors on the best seller list have been through the chaotic uncertainty of creating a query letter.

In my quest to include the right things in my letter. I realized that there are many people who differ on what exactly should be included in a query letter. Therefore, I've taken the plunge and decided to post my query letter in the hopes to help others, glean something from my mistakes from the followers, and find those brutally honest readers as they tear my query letter apart.

So Here Goes!

Dear Agent,

Linda Balle, a self-conscious teenage cheerleader, must find the courage to get her life back after a tumultuous relationship with Victor Balentez results in her date rape and the death of her best friend, Lucas Castaneda. Following a lengthy, heart-breaking trial full of lies and shame, Linda runs from her friends, her family and her life to finish high school in a town far away from her pain.

Five years later, after years of plastic surgery and seclusion, Linda is summoned back to the small Texas town. In court, she has the opportunity to overcome her shame and tell the truth—to make sure the very person who dominated her high school years and tore her life apart stays in prison.

She must make the decision to continue to run from her fears or to face her demons.

Standing patiently in the side lines, Jack Santiago, an often over-looked friend, weaves an intricate web of love Linda can’t seem to avoid—but will Victor be able to let Linda live a life without him?

GETTING ME BACK, a 102,000 word young adult novel, is written as a first-person point of view narrative with excerpts from Linda’s diary.

This is the second installment of The ME Series, but each novel can stand alone even though the characters intertwine.

The Bully in ME, released in May 2010, tackles bullying, death and suicides. The Truth About ME, a novel regarding self-confidence and shattered home life issues is set to release August 2011. Drawing on my own life experience and working as a teacher in middle school have given me a rare insight into the issue surrounding our youth today and the ability to write in language relevant to today’s youth.  

I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time.

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