It's been a while since I was last in the forum.
So my first novel got about 25 rejections and only 2 partial requests. I had the "luck" to discuss with an agent, who told me that it will be very hard to sell something resembling Game of Thrones, since everyone jumped on the hype train and the market is flooded with similar novels. I mean even erotica writers have turned to the medieval theme...go figure. What's worse, he told me that not making it stand-alone really hurts my chances.
So, I gave up on the first one, and I just finished writing my 2nd novel, a fun idea I had but for whatever reason I postponed turning it into a novel.
The genre is... Sci-Fi, I think. It's basically light Steampunk, set in the Victorian era in an alternate universe. Atmos is a city south of New York.
It doesn't focus heavily on its Steampunk genre, rather it uses it to promote the adventure of Popo and Olly as they seek to take down the villain.
Here is my first shot at the query. It's a bit crude and doesn't cover much, but I tried to summarize it as best as I could. Like always, I appreciate the help and I will critique back!
Inspector Popo never wanted to take a vacation — and he has just found the perfect excuse to go back to work: Olly, a nine-year-old vandal with amnesia and the unique gift to make people disappear.
Or so he thought.
When Olly mucks up an important arrest by dissipating the suspect along with Popo’s dreams of promotion, the two of them get stuck with each other whether they like it or not. As they look for the boy’s parents, they meet Jack, a failure of a reporter, who convinces them to assist him in the fight against the Red Baron — the infamous underground boss who seeks control of steam, the life-giving source for Atmos, and the one responsible for the death of Popo’s family.
Things get more complicated when Olly looks at a burned photo and remembers that two years ago he was standing outside Popo’s home, moments before it went up in flames. Baffled by this, Olly and Popo start digging deeper, hoping that more of Olly’s memory returns. Sellout policemen tip the Red Baron off, however, and he sends men after them.
If Popo and Olly want to save Atmos and succeed in bringing him down, they will have to put their trust on each other, on a smug butler with a sketchy background, and even on the notorious sky pirates.
But the Red Baron’s identity isn’t what they think, and Olly and Popo will have to decide if taking him down is worth shaking the core principles upon Atmos was built.
Olly and the Red Baron is a MG (With A appeal) Sci-Fi / Steampunk (will have to look for the proper genre) novel, complete at 60,000 words, that will appeal to fans of The Golden Compass and The Invention of Hugo Cabret / Castle in The Sky (Still looking for comps)
Thank you for the blablabla...