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#1 JNKhoury

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:50 PM

Exciting UPDATE on post #34!!!

I don't have an agent or publisher yet--I only started querying two days ago. But since then I've gotten six requests--one for a partial and five for fulls. No idea where it'll end up, but I'm keeping all appendages crossed! I was asked to post this by another member, so here it is:See Post #17 for update

Dear Agent:

Mankind has reached perfection—but she comes at a terrible cost.

Pia lives in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest, surrounded by glass walls and a team of brilliant scientists. She is the result of centuries of experimentation, selective breeding, and, most importantly, the influence of a rare flower whose nectar holds the key to immortality. If sipped from the flower itself, the nectar is deadly. But the scientists have discovered the one way it may be safely taken—*EDITED TO DELETE IMPORTANT PLOT SPOILERS*

It takes five generations for the scientific colony to absorb the immortality of the ambrosia flower into their genetic code, but finally Pia is born. Along with immortality, Pia has beauty, intelligence, and preternatural grace and agility. She is the pinnacle of human perfection, but she knows nothing of the *EDITED TO DELETE IMPORTANT PLOT SPOILERS*

Everything changes the day she turns seventeen, when Pia sneaks out of the compound and stumbles into the village of the Ai’oans. She begins to fall in love with the small, peaceful people—and a half-Ai’oan, half-Spanish boy named Eio. When Pia discovers that her existence is possible only because of the *EDITED TO DELETE IMPORTANT PLOT SPOILERS*, she must make a choice: live forever as a goddess among mortals, or make the ultimate sacrifice to set things right.

My young adult novel PERFECTLY PIA, complete at 80,000 words, is a blend of James Cameron’s Avatar and Ally Condie’s Matched, and will appeal to readers of both science fiction and the paranormal. May I send you a partial excerpt or the full manuscript?

I hold a B.A. in English and my work has appeared in the Epicentre and Timeless Voices. Thank you very much for your time and attention.

Sincerely,
Me

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:01 PM

Holy crap. This is awesome. I want to read this!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:19 PM

It's amazing, especially with mankind being feminine and the rainforest being Amazonian.

Congratulations.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:01 AM

Sounds interesting. Congratulations on the requests!

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:07 AM

TOTALLY CALLED IT.

*hem* sorry. Just had to. :laugh: So many good vibes hanging around AQC lately! Congrats - your day is near! My fake ESP senses it. :wink:

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:32 AM

Yeah... good one.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:27 PM

This sounds awesome! Good luck!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

Good luck! I loved your premise when I first read it. I think we'll be seeing more of you around the literary world...

#9 JNKhoury

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 12:47 AM

It's amazing, especially with mankind being feminine and the rainforest being Amazonian.

Congratulations.



hey now k-mont, I had this query on the crit forum for like a month. you should have spoken up earlier. :wink:
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:39 PM

Great job. Good luck!

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:22 PM

Is a little jealously in order? That is one heck of a well-crafted letter. You've earned those requests! I'll cross some appendages too for multiple offers. Best of luck!

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:51 AM

Great job. I hope your representation comes swiftly.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:31 AM

Whew.... !

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:25 PM

So, what happens? :wink:

You go girl, your story rocks. :cool:

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:20 AM

Congrats! You have a fantastic query there, and I'm crossing my fingers for you that those requests turn to offers :)
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:23 PM

Well you have an agent NOW.

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#17 JNKhoury

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 05:03 PM

Thanks Tansy! Forgot to update this thread.

Yes, it's official: Perfectly Pia and I are now represented by the fabulous Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I still can't believe this is happening.

I thought submitting to agents was hard. Submitting to editors (even if the agent does all the work) is ten times more nerve-wracking. As we speak, I'm nibbling three fingernails at once! :blink:

Total stats, in case anyone is curious:
Request rate: 50% (mostly fulls, one or two partials)
Of that 50%, half wanted to see revise and resubs, and two made offers.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 05:17 PM

Congrats!

Welcome to the "other side" -- before you have an agent you think getting one puts you at the top of the hill. After you have an agent the clouds lift and you see the peak you've climbed is the starter hill. But it has a GREAT view :)
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 05:19 PM

Can't wait to see it on shelves! :D

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:30 PM

Congrats! And keep us updated, because I wanna read it when it comes out! ;)




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