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 K. Kazul Wolf. This great query connected her with her agent, Samantha Wekstein of Writers House.
Ava is on the run for a crime punishable by death: killing a dragon.
As a human-dragon hybrid, Ava has never doubted the godlike dragons’ dominance. Her life has been sheltered beneath their stained-glass wings in the city in the sky — until she finds one devouring her father. Overcome with fear and panic, she lashes out and kills it.
Hunted, she flees to the human desert below the floating city. Yet she’s not alone. Though he doesn’t know the crime she’s running from, Vito, the dragon Ava serves, refuses to abandon her to the harsh world of humans. Paired to be her master and she his caretaker, their friendship has always meant more than titles.
The desert holds no sanctuary for them. The long-suffering ground dwellers are tired of having their water supply monopolized by the dragons above and want all dragon-kind dead — including Ava and Vito. Surrendering to the dragons isn’t an option with Vito by her side, and the rebellion has offered a tempting deal. They will keep Ava alive and hide her crime, but only if she reveals the weaknesses of dragon-kind and the secrets of her city. Ava must choose between her life and everything she once called home—including Vito, the closest thing to family she has left.
SUMMER THUNDER is an upper YA fantasy complete at 80,000 words.
I signed with an agent for this novel not once, but twice! The first was immediately after my first time in Pitch Wars, and my agent left me and the business not long after that. Another book, another round in Pitch Wars, over 200 queries later and an R&R later, I signed with my fabulous agent, Samantha Wekstein of Writers House. Persistence is key!
K. Kazul Wolf (aka Bacon) is a fantasy author, Pitch Wars and #TeenPit mentor, leegndrary typoer, chef of all trades, and a dragon that prefers capturing cats and dogs as opposed to princesses. You can find her at her website, and on Twitter @Kazul9.