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QUITE THE QUERY: Vicki L. Weavil with CROWN OF ICE September 19, 2014

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QuiteTheQuery

 

 

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 writers 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 so 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 Vicki Weavil. This great query connected her with her agent, Jenn Mishler of Literary Counsel.

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Thyra Winther is the Snow Queen–and immortal–but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

 

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

 

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything—venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts—to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

 

Complete at 74,000 words, CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

 

 

 

Query Tidbit from Vicki:

 

While my query garnered many requests, I actually first attracted the attention of my agent, Jennifer Mishler from Literary Counsel, through a pitch contest.  My pitch was: As the Snow Queen she’s immortal. As a seventeen-year-old human, Thyra Winther has less than a year to live. Very succinct, and not delving into a lot of details of the plot, but it seemed to work! I think this shows the value of trying different avenues to reach agents and publishers.

 

 

 

Crown Of ICe

 

 

 

Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.


CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

 

Available now via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Indigo & Kobo.

 

 

 

VickiWRaised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vicki L. Weavil turned her early obsession with reading into a career as a librarian. She is represented by Jennifer Mishler at Literary Counsel, NYC. Her debut novel, CROWN OF ICE—a dark YA retelling of H. C. Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”—will be published by Month9Books on Sept. 9, 2014. An avid reader who appreciates good writing in all genres, Vicki has been known to read seven books in as many days. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend time watching films, listening to music, gardening, or traveling. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and three very spoiled cats.

For more on Vicki, check out her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr (author), Tumblr (Crown of Ice) or Pinterest.

 

 

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