I realized something the other day that I intend to rectify…beginning right now. I don’t talk enough about my writing on this blog. Oh, I quite frequently talk about writing in general, but not about my own writing, or more specifically not about my book. A lot of my followers weren’t even aware I write mysteries. As I draw closer to dipping my toes in the query waters, I can see that I need to transition the content I post to a more brand-centric orientation. It’s yet another step toward becoming a serious writer, and although I might teeter and fumble along with way, it’s a direction I’d like to head in.
So, since I’m poised upon the querying precipice, mustering the courage to put myself out there for real, what better way to introduce all of you to my work but posting my query letter? But I’m going to take it a step further and ask for your help. What I’d like to have happen is that after you’ve read the letter, please post a comment that says either PARTIAL, FULL or REJECT. That’s right; you get to be the agent today. How strongly do you feel about the story? And yes, I’m aware that garnering a FULL directly from a query letter without submitting a partial first is not standard practice, but I’m just trying to gauge your level of interest. One of those three words is all I’m looking for, but if you’d like to offer constructive criticism in addition, I’m all ears (or eyes).
And remember…anything less than 100% honesty would be doing me a disservice. Is this a marketable project? You decide.
Dear Ms. Agent,
I am currently seeking representation for my Mystery/Thriller novel, Fallen Knight, which is complete at 103,000 words.
Dianne Williams, the fiercely independent manager of Greenville’s largest private detective agency, watches helplessly as one by one her staff succumbs to a suspicious illness. She is dealt yet another blow when she discovers her newest rookie investigator beaten and left for dead. Severely under-manned and with nowhere else to turn, Dianne seeks help from an unlikely source -- the Knights Who Say Ni.
Lee Hamilton is a middle-aged newlywed, but he is also one of six tight-knit college friends who refer to themselves as ‘The Knights Who Say Ni’. When he gets the call from Dianne informing him that one of the Knights lay in a coma, he drops everything to rally the rest of the gang. Their quest? Assist in the hunt for their friend’s assailant.
While Dianne struggles with her apprehension about involving the Knights, she and Lee probe for a motive to explain the attacks. Their investigation leads them to the doorstep of an impossible suspect, a dead high school student responsible for a Columbine-style shooting spree six months earlier. Even more mysterious is the warning the young attacker left written on his apparent suicide note; “I’m not finished yet”.
Overcoming efforts by local and federal authorities to hide the truth, the group stumbles across a broader scheme to release a deadly bio-terrorism attack. In over their heads and dodging baleful attempts to prevent them from identifying the elusive foe, the group must cling to their friendship, and Knighthood, to solve the mystery before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Specific agent customization here. I would be happy to send along the complete manuscript, upon your request. Thank you, Ms. Agent, for your time and consideration.