I have signed with Lauren Abramo of DGLM. :)
I went through so many different versions of my query, but the one that Lauren saw was this:
Fifteen-year-old gamer Kat has panic attacks. Her counselor tells her to count her breaths, but for some reason "one Mississippi… two did I lock the door… three Granddad is dying…" doesn’t always work. What does work is keeping her life structured and solitary and virtual.
Skateboarder Meg might be craptastic at schoolwork, and her “blame the ADHD” hyperactivity might have scared away even her stepdad of seven years, but when she kisses boys, they swoon. So at least she’s got that going for her. And if kissing isn't enough to keep a guy around, maybe sex is. Meg’s not afraid to try it. She’s not afraid of anything, except maybe being alone.
Both girls are on a collision course with disaster when fate or God or maybe Her Majesty the Queen intervenes by making them lab partners on a year-long science project. Separately they are each a mess, but together they just might be able to battle their demons...if they don't kill each other first.
IF YOU CAN'T FLY (69,000 words) is a contemporary YA story of friendship, disability, sex and video games that will appeal to fans of the unique voice in Jandy Nelson's I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and the characters' struggles with mental health and disability in Cammie McGovern's SAY WHAT YOU WILL. The story alternates between Meg's and Kat's POV.
For those who like to know the stats:
This is the second book I queried. I queried the first one (adult commercial fiction) around three years ago. I sent 47 queries and got 6 partial requests. That was the first book I ever wrote, and in retrospect, it was crap. I'm glad nothing happened with it.
For this one, querying took four months. I sent 46 queries and received 7 requests (3 partials and 4 fulls). I received an R&R, an offer, and the potential of a second offer that I ended up turning down before it went anywhere because I knew I wanted to sign with Lauren and I didn't want to waste that second agent's time.
The offer came at a time when I had convinced myself that nothing was going to happen with this book and I needed to buckle down and get the next one finished so I could start querying it. If you had told me that in a week, I'd have an agent, I would not have believed you. So those of you who are querying right now, try not to let the rejections get you down (easier said than done, I know). You never know what wonderfulness might be right around the corner! :)