Because I'm elbow deep in polishing the WIP, and literally, vomit from the hubby and kids, I thought I'd share my former query letter--even though I've placed this project on a well-dusted spot on my best shelf.
It's always nice to know what a successful query letter looks like. And this little puppy worked wonders:
Dear Fabulous Agent that I worship so much:
The storms come like clockwork. Every day, the dark cloud descends upon the town, erasing the memories of every person. Except Clara.
After Clara's Dad mysteriously disappears, the Diviners, captive souls who feed off memories, come for her. She flees to Khalom where she hopes to find safety, along with Cael, the shadow warrior who fights for the city's protection. But because she's an outsider, and has been exposed to the Diviners, she's regarded with suspicion. Forced to live the Noble life, Clara faces going to school with peers who want her dead.
Throughout this, a unique power stirs inside of her. The power to kill. And it grows until she's not sure if she can control it. Outside the gates, Clara knows she's being watched. Yet, curious about Cael, she is drawn to the perimeter, caught by his dark and deadly presence. When the Diviners break through the city's defense and students begin to turn up brain dead, Clara must find a way to stop the attacks before the city--and her mind--is wiped clean.
I know there are loads of sites that have amazing tips on how to write a great query, and you've probably all read them twice, but if I were to offer advice? Get advice. Call on your friends. I know I owe huge thanks to Jeyn Roberts, aka "The Query Queen" where you can find her fabulous book, Dark Inside, here on amazon. Heh, I can slip in small plugs here and there, right? If you haven't read it, please do. It'll keep you up at night. In a freak-you-out-I'll-never-sleep-again sort of way.
Where are you in the query process? If you've already landed an agent, what was your query experience like? If not, are you nervous to dive in? Or are you in the middle of it now and enjoying the ride?
Red. Head. Out. :D