I'm brand new to the forum and getting ready to start querying agents. I'm finding the query letter to be the hardest part of this process! Any suggestions or critiques are welcome.
I really look forward to contributing and getting to know other posters.
Sometimes we feel powerless. We can feel lost and hopeless in the face of trauma and violence. But, we must rise up and be the hero we need to be in order to find our way out.
Marissa Caldwell has a secret power - she can move things with her mind - but she doesn't feel powerful. The scars left by her estranged mother, Claire, have made it difficult for her to find and own her strength. One evening, however, she has no choice but to find her strength and use her abilities to save a crowd of people at the mall from a gunman. Though she did her best to conceal her identity by wrapping a scarf around her face - an act she later regrets once she's dubbed the "Scarfed Avenger" by the media - she is easily recognized by her mother from the security footage that has gone viral.
Claire contacts Marissa and offers to help bury the growing story but Marissa rebukes her. She soon realizes that Claire is willing to do anything to worm her way back into her daughter's life - things Marissa didn't think were possible. As a result, it doesn't take long for Marissa to lose her resolve around her mother. The exact reason for their estrangement is muddled to Marissa but she finds herself neglecting the very real fears that drove her away from Claire all those years ago. Much to the dismay of those closest to her, Marissa begins to repair the fractured relationship with her mother.
Something isn't right, though. The closer she gets to Claire, the more Marissa finds herself growing leery of the life that her mother has built for herself, including the superpowered friends that Claire now chooses to call her family. In order to piece her life back together, Marissa is forced to confront the dark terrors of her past and the superpowered enemies she's made in the present.
Thank you for your consideration. My completed 85,000 word fantasy manuscript, THE SCARFED AVENGER, is available upon your request. I have included __________ for your review. I look forward to hearing back from you.