If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query took them almost as long as drafting their book!
Some people have the talent of being able to summarize their book in a few sentences, but for those who don’t, I wanted to provide a resource where writers could learn what works, and what doesn’t, in a query. With that in mind, I’m pleased to share today’s successful query from Jessie Devine. This great query connected him with his agent, Kathleen Rushall.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie Kravitz just wants to make it through high school unscathed. It’s proving difficult with a non-binary gender identity and a target on his back. Laura, Cedarcrest High’s Queen Bitch, has had it out for him since she kissed him in junior high—and found out about his vagina later.
The only person who makes it better is Kenzie, Cedarcrest’s new girl with big dreams and lots of charisma. Kenzie and Jamie are fast friends. She helps him with his struggle to understand his identity, and he supports her through her trials with showbiz. They grow to trust each other to the death, and Jamie thinks he might be falling in love with her.
When Laura gives Kenzie the opportunity to audition for a TV show, Kenzie is willing to do anything. When a nude picture of Jamie surfaces on Facebook, signs point to her. As betrayals mount and secrets come out, Kenzie has to decide what’s important and Jamie has to decide who to trust, before they lose grip on their dreams and each other.
SOME KIND OF QUEER is a YA contemporary romance with LGBT themes. Complete at 54K words, it has the heartbreaking appeal of NAOMI & ELY’S NO KISS LIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
I wasn’t even going to query this book! One of my amazing CPs told me I had to, and I’m really glad I listened.
Jessie Devine writes YA fiction with dark plots and queer characters. He is also a martial arts instructor. He likes his coffee, his cats, and his literary agent, Kathleen Rushall. For more on Jessie, check out his website or follow him on Twitter (@Jessie_Devine).