Query that Got Me My PUBLISHER
Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:28 PM
I would like to thank the members of this forum for providing me with feedback on the query letter I posted some months ago for my international adventure-thriller, THE PHOENIX CONSPIRACY. Over the past month, I have been in talks with DonnaInk Publications, an emerging publishing company just outside Washington, D.C. As of a couple of weeks ago, I am both agented and contracted through them. Check out the first press release here: http://www.prlog.org...hua-lisec.html. Details on the release date are coming soon!
Below is the query that landed the contract:
Greetings Ms. Agent,
I am seeking representation for my 156,204-word thriller novel THE PHOENIX CONSPIRACY. I have chosen to submit to you because of your interest in adult fiction projects.
Max Meyers can't make the grade. He can't get the girl. And he can't be the jock. The only thing going for him is his father's status as hotshot politician. But when Max finds his house engulfed in flames and his dad with a bullet hole in his head, the ruling of suicide sucks worse than the Calc exam he failed last week.
Suicide? No flippin’ way! No matter what the FBI says, popular Virginia senators like Max’s father don’t commit suicide. Not if he knew anything about his dad. Max believes the theft of his great-grandfather’s letters, sent from the carnage of World War II—and which had been safe in his dad's fireproof vault—might just be the clue he needs to prove it. And when an interview with a member of his great-grandfather’s old platoon ends in a sniper’s bullet, Max knows he’s right. Following the trail to Germany, Max stumbles upon a conspiracy years in the making. A conspiracy spawned in blood, ruled by death’s-head honor, and intended to resurrect the spiritual foundation of history’s most wicked empire. As Max forsakes the carelessness of campus life to man up, he becomes the number-one target of a powerful religious order that went into hiding during the final days of Nazi Germany. To keep the promise of justice made to his dead father, Max must prevent the conspirators from unleashing an unprecedented assault on two organizations he has never even heard of—the European Council and the Holy See.
Max’s adolescent character is designed to draw younger adults into his terribly wonderful adventure through a relatable perspective. Two and a half years as a public library assistant has given me firsthand experience with my audience, readers of both young adult and thriller novels.
I am a freelance writer and editor based in Dayton, Ohio. Highlights have included three ghostwritten nonfiction books for Civpoint Publishing and four literature study manuals for Bookrags, Inc. Thank you very much for your consideration!
Joshua C. Lisec
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:42 AM
I can definitely see why this got a publisher - what a story!
Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:36 PM
Oh, I saw this! Congratulations!
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” --Winston Churchill
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