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#1 EricaManfred

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 06:23 PM

With the help of AQC member Trickster71 at www.refugeforwriters.com--who drafted a dynamite query letter for me--I got  3 offers of representation and am going with my #1 choice, a top agent.

 

Here's the query that got a lot of requests for partials and fulls.

 

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It's 1978 and overworked, underpaid New York Juvenile Authority caseworker Norma Katzman wants to lose fifty pounds and find a pair of pants that aren’t stretch polyester.

 

 Oh, and solve a murder.

 

When Norma learns the most promising foster child on her caseload overdosed on heroin, she doesn't buy it. The police don't bother to investigate the death of a black girl in Harlem even though she was no drug addict, but college-bound with a bright future. Determined to discover the truth, Norma teams up with Ella Gaines, the dead girl's take-no-prisoners foster mother.

 

While Norma scours the rubble strewn streets of the South Bronx for clues and pay phones that work,  Ella uses her connections to rattle every chain in the Juvenile Authority bureaucracy.  Even Ella's other two foster children get involved: one, surly with violent tendencies, the other, a foul-mouthed spitfire.

 

When Norma and her crew uncover evidence proving the girl's death was the result of foul play, they ramp up their efforts to find the killer.  If they don't get justice for the dead girl, it will show every foster kid in the agency that their lives are meaningless.  And even a rack of her favorite ribs won’t help Norma swallow that.

 

GET OFF MY CASE;  A NORMA KATZMAN MURDER MYSTERY at 90,000 words is a cozy with series potential. 

 

 I’m a freelance writer, author of three books published by Random House, Globe Pequot Press and Berkley.  My articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Village Voice, and many other magazines and websitesThis is my second novel.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

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Thank you Tracy

 



#2 Angie Sandro

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:27 AM

Congrats! :)

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#3 trickster71

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:30 AM

Thank you, Erica.  It was also because you have a stellar MS that you landed an agent.  I am so happy for you.  I wish you the best of luck as you continue your publishing career. :)


Want a more in-depth critique/edit of your query, synopsis, or MS?

Contact me at:  refugeforwriters.com

 


#4 JacobH44

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:42 AM

Yay! Congrats!


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 08:29 AM

Congrats, that's wonderful news!



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    In between I became a "hybrid" as part of a group of six authors involved in a high concept novel-in-six-parts called "A Day of Fire" which released in November of 2014. The book, "A Day of Fire," tells the story of the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii in a way you've never read it before.

Posted 19 November 2014 - 01:14 PM

Congratulations! And welcome to the other side, lol. 


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#7 VonAngel

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 10:48 AM

Congratulations!


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#8 missysue

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 01:01 PM

AWESOME! Congrats. It's easy to see why you got snapped up!


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#9 qzcoach

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:49 AM

Congrats.  Great query letter!



#10 Constantine Singer

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 06:38 PM

That's great news and a great query -- I can't wait until your book comes out!



#11 LucidDreamer

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 07:47 PM

Congratulations!



#12 MV2

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 08:59 AM

Your QL is inspirational! Thank you... I needed another look at success as I work to create something like it that punches the reader in the the gut and grabs their attention. Congratulations.



#13 CFrances

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 01:11 PM

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to read the book!



#14 whikerms

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 01:30 PM

Congrats! That sounds like a great book.



#15 EliQuinn

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 07:32 AM

Congratulations! 

 

An outstanding query letter, has me totally stoke for you (and more of your book i think!). Well done :D


If you have the time, I would love your opinion on my query and or synopsis:

 

Synopsis > http://agentquerycon...sy/#entry268693

 

Query > http://agentquerycon...ntasy/?p=267170


#16 kljacks

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 09:47 AM

Congrats!!



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Posted 09 October 2015 - 01:48 PM

Congrats! Great Letter and I'm sure a great read! 


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