Hi! I would really appreciate some query help and will happily offer some in return. I'm working off the advice from a book written by Noah Lukerman and any suggestions or comments are welcome.
Dear <Insert Name>:
I am seeking representation for my 103k science fiction novel/romance, currently titled A Cold Sort of Joy.<Insert reference to agent’s requests>
When Malcolm Wycliffe walked into the hospital, he didn’t realize he was seeing the beginning of the end. Within a month, everyone he had ever known was dead of a plague that he was somehow immune to. His only direction comes from his dying mother, to find the family’s ancestral castle in southern England. When he and his band of survivors of the plague, that’s when the adventure, and the terror, really begins.
Ella Wycliffe, daughter of the Earl of Trelawney, is a rarity, someone who contracted the new disease and survived. Her father and sister are immune, and in the aftermath of the deadly plague they’re struggling to keep the family castle and farm running when Malcolm appears. She is leery of him at first, an unknown distant relative, but reluctantly accepts his help when she decides to head to Scotland and find her youngest sister. As they journey to Scotland, the dangers force Malcolm and Ella to work together. The dangers, their fellow survivors, some with good intentions and some bent on setting themselves up as warlords, a shadowy corporation seeking a cure, and previously mundane things like injuries and finding food, pile on and force them to lean on each other in ways they didn’t expect. With the world dying around them, is it possible they find themselves and each other?
I am a first time author and have recently completed the Your Novel Year program at the Virginia C. Piper Center at Arizona State University.