Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dear Dream Agent

I love adventure stories with an offbeat, independent female protagonist who has good common sense. I love imaginative new worlds and world-changing events. I also love magic, monsters, fae (like the Tuatha De Danann from Celtic lore), ghosts, witches and innate special abilities. I love J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Frances Hardinge, and Neil Gaiman. I love nearly every kind of tea, and I'm beginning to think there isn't an asian country out there whose food I won't eat!

I can't wait to meet you. I hope that when I query you it will be love at first sight. I hope that you will love my story and its illustrations as much as I do. I hope that you will see how hard I worked to reach out to you, to get my novel in the best shape. I hope that you will understand my insanity and my perfectionism - because I rewrite my query every time I send it out, which I think is just a little bit crazy. I always think I can make it better. Always. I hope that tells you something about me. ... Perhaps that I should have my word-processing privileges revoked.

I hope my query is exactly what you're looking for. I know you won't turn me away if it isn't perfect. It's the story you're interested in. You're looking for one that's magical and shadowy, one that's interesting and a little mysterious. One that makes you chuckle a little in places. One that's set in a long-past time period with gaslight ambiance. One with a curious, odd-looking female protagonist who has a penchant for invisible men in blue jackets. 

You believe, like I do, that illustrations aren't just for graphic novels and children's books. When I show you mine, you'll love them. You'll promise to help me find a publisher who believes in both my talents - writing and illustration. You'll have me sign a contract for a series - which I've already begun to write. We'll land a wonderful deal with a big publisher, and we'll live happily ever after.

At least, that's what I hope will happen. Until then, I'll keep querying, praying, and looking for you. Because I know you're out there, and I know you're looking for me too.


  1. I sent out a query last night and was sent the form rejection letter this morning. That's some turn-around time! I sent two more out today. I hope you get that request you want, cause I want one too! :)

  2. I hope you find him or here and that you live happily ever after writing and illustrating into realms currently unknown.


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