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#1 RavenRum

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 08:33 PM

After years and years of being on this forum, I finally managed to get myself an agent. I signed John Jarrold, who reps John Gwynne, Ramsey Campbell and Melinda Snodgrass (of GRRM's Wild Cards fame). And this is the query letter I used to do it, and collect full requests from 12 other agents. I don't know how my bumbling two paragraphs managed to do it, but here am I. I learned so much from seeing successful queries, and hopefully this'll help others out, too. A way to pay it back, I guess.

 

Here goes:

 

 

Accused mass murderer Kira Vijov used to be a respected Rogueman, enforcing the law across the Intergalactic Sprawl. Now, stripped of his rank, he's just another exiled gun for hire and only his sister Ashby believes he didn't massacre all those people. Still a Rogueman at heart, all Kira remembers is waking up inside an impenetrable vault among blood and bodies, with the memory of a colossal ship in the sky.

 

When that same ship appears on the other side of the galaxy and people start to vanish, including his sister, the Sprawl comes to Kira for help. He agrees to hunt down the killers who destroyed his life and took Ashby. But the locals make their own rules on the edge of the galaxy, and Kira is going to need dangerous allies to survive. Even if it means getting his hands dirtier than a Rogueman ever should. As the mystery unfolds and his past with it, Kira starts to question his own innocence. He’ll have to decide between saving his sister and uncovering a terrible secret that’s been decades in the making. A secret he might just be part of.

 

THE ROGUE GALAXY is 104,000 words and is SEVEN meets LEVIATHAN WAKES with a dash of MASS EFFECT. My dozens of fiction publications have appeared in Nature (Macmillan), Abyss & Apex, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and my nonfiction in Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and Lightspeed’s PoC Destroy SF. I’m the fiction editor of Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa where I’ve worked with George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, Joe Lansdale, among others. I’ve lived on three continents and have a BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing.



#2 ejmccay

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:06 AM

Wow. Congrats!



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 04:06 PM

Sounds like an exciting story. Congratulations!



#4 RavenRum

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:23 PM

Thanks guys! Much appreciated. :)



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:02 AM

Congratulations!



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 11:44 AM

Very nice. And a good example of how having built a platform can help, too. I've not read your work, but I'd be impressed with the background.



#7 RavenRum

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:12 PM

Very nice. And a good example of how having built a platform can help, too. I've not read your work, but I'd be impressed with the background.

Thanks! I don't think my credits did much more than get agent's attention and show them I (hopefully) had some sort of experience, but the actual representation came from the manuscript. You definitely don't need to have short fiction credits to get an agent, although as you say, it can help.



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Posted 02 July 2017 - 10:16 PM

That's a damned fine query, even without the bio. Congrats!

#9 JeffJustWrites

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 11:33 PM

Agreed, and WOW look at that bio!  


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#10 RavenRum

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:32 PM

Thanks guys! Means a lot to me!







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