VPL Workshop: Friday Query Letters
This post is for my Vancouver Public Library workshop students! As discussed in class, below I've posted my query letter that I sent out to find an agent. Take a look and think of a project you'd like to write a query letter for as that's what we'll be doing Friday. Feel free to post/send questions in the meantime:
My name is Kristi Charish and I hope you’ll consider my standalone urban fantasy novel, ‘Owl and the Japanese Circus’ of 140,000 words, for representation. I noticed you are attending the Surrey International Writers Conference in Vancouver this October and that you represent Ian Hamilton, whose Ava Lee series I am a fan of. I think my manuscript will appeal to your tastes in commercial fiction and pop culture. Told in a first person narrative reminiscent of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, ‘Owl and the Japanese Circus’ is about an ‘Indiana Jane’ who navigates the hidden supernatural world. I believe it will appeal to fans of the urban fantasy and action/adventure genres looking for a unique and savvy female protagonist with a strong, tongue-in-cheek voice. I have a PhD in cell biology and a background in archaeology, both of which I draw upon for details in the story. Included are a brief synopsis and the first ten pages for your consideration.
Most people go through grad school and get a degree.
Alix Hiboux got screwed.
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix – better known now as Owl – has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a Red Dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead.