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#1 gckatz


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Posted 16 April 2015 - 01:43 PM

This is a good example of the importance of revising your query and pages if they aren't working. First round, 38 queries, 1 partial and 1 full. I revised my query and especially my first chapter. Second round, 40 queries, 11 fulls, 2 partials, and 2 eventual offers, for a success rate of 32%.


Eighteen-year-old tomboy Valya and the boy next door, Pasha, breathlessly follow the adventures of Soviet air navigator Marina Raskova. When World War II breaks out and Valya discovers that Raskova is getting airwomen into combat, she's first in line. Valya hopes to become a fighter pilot, but Raskova assigns her to the night bombers. Instead of a high-tech Yak-1, Valya ends up flying a wood and canvas biplane no faster than a car.


On the front, Valya braves anti-air guns, blinding searchlights, and deadly Luftwaffe night fighters, all under the command of an air force that still believes women are only suited for the home front. When Pasha, now a Red Army radio operator, finds himself trapped behind enemy lines, one small aircraft might be able to slip through. Valya sees her chance to rescue the boy who has begun to capture her heart—but in Stalin's Russia, defying orders could land both of them in front of a firing squad.


Valya's regiment, the 46th Guards, really existed. Its aviators so terrified the Wehrmacht that the German soldiers nicknamed them the “Night Witches,” yet the brave Soviet women and girls who served in World War II are little known in the West. My 84,000-word YA historical novel, AMONG THE RED STARS, highlights many of these real-life heroes. It is a semi-epistolary novel that will appeal to fans of FLYGIRL and CODE NAME VERITY. It was an alternate in Pitch Wars 2014 and was also featured in PitchMAS 2014.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


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Posted 16 April 2015 - 01:48 PM


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Posted 16 April 2015 - 05:20 PM

Congrats that's awesome!

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Posted 16 April 2015 - 09:19 PM

Bravo! Congrats on taking the next big step!

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 01:35 AM

I really want to read this novel! Pleasepleaseplease let me know when it's published.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 04:09 AM


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 07:09 PM

This is a good example of the importance of revising your query and pages if they aren't working. First round, 38 queries, 1 partial and 1 full. I revised my query and especially my first chapter. Second round, 40 queries, 11 fulls, 2 partials, and 2 eventual offers, for a success rate of 32%.




Just curious - did you query any of the same agents the second time around?

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Posted 31 August 2016 - 06:40 AM

This is so awesome. I'm obsessed with the Night Witches!

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