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 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 Stina Lindenblatt. This great query connected her with her agent, Marisa Corvisiero.
Amber’s tragedy was splashed across the front page news. Marcus’s happened behind closed doors. And he intends to keep it that way. . . .
As a college freshman, Amber Scott’s main focus should be on her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. With nightmares and flashbacks wearing her down, Amber is in danger of failing pre-calculus math. If she does, she can say goodbye to the money funding her college education and any hope of the life she’d dreamed of before her stalker ruined it all.
Gorgeous engineering student, Marcus Reid, with his long list of sexual conquests, is exactly the kind of guy she doesn’t need. His brilliant mathematical mind, however, is her only chance of passing the class.
Despite her protests, the exasperating playboy breathes a spark of life back into her empty existence and Amber finds herself daring to want more. But as the dark secrets of their past tragedies unfold, the question becomes, how can two broken people, who can’t manage to fix themselves, ever hope to fix each other?
I hate querying. There, I said it. I have a query buddy (which I highly recommend having) and each time we queried a book (there had been a few before Tell Me When), we planned to query ONE HUNDRED agents before moving on. I never got that far. I would get bored and forget to send out more queries. In the end, I’d stop around fifty and by then have a new project to query. With Tell Me When, there weren’t a lot of agents looking for New Adult novels at the time, so I got lucky that it didn’t take me fifty queries to end up with representation. But either way, I wouldn’t have survived without my query buddy.
Stina Lindenblatt writes New Adult and adult contemporary romances. Her novels include Tell Me When and Let Me Know (Carina Press, Harlequin), Heat It Up (coming from Diversion Books), and This One Moment (coming from Loveswept, Random House). She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki, where she cleaned bathrooms and saunas in a recreation center. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and had the opportunity to work with elite athletes. In addition to creating stories, she loves photography and currently lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and three kids.