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Query Letter Formatting

Submitted by EricWojo on October 8, 2011 - 2:39pm

Literary agent, Janet Reid, accepts unsolicited Query Letters through Query Shark for review and criticism.


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Hetch Litman from Somewhere in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest is reading The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O'Connor December 18, 2011 - 6:49pm

I was reading some of those and I was spittering laughter. Thanks

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SteveRoisum from La Crosse Wi is reading The Wind Through The Keyhole November 25, 2013 - 6:13pm

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Dear Agent:

“The end of my world walked toward me on four legs. I didn’t see him at first.”

So begins Dark Abbott. As bullied kid days go, his sucketh mightily. Fourteen-year-old Abbott Blankford is chased out of his home when all he wants to do is mourn his father. You see, Abbott talks to dogs. It’s a fresh talent that has drawn the attention of some seriously nasty monsters who call him the Adversary, and canine worshippers who think he’s the Chosen One.  Heck, there’s a prophecy involved too.

But, Abbott finds out that he has been set up. He’s an unwitting fraud who has to do some serious improvising if he wants to survive until dawn. Before morning, Abbott will have to face the ultimate villain and her nightmarish acolyte to save not just his family, but his bullies too, and possibly the world.  

This book is horror/humor.  64059 Words long.

Dark Abbott has the same kind of observational humor as the mega popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney, and supernatural themed novels such as The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
It’s Abbott’s voice that is all his own.  I know you’re a sucker for a boy POV. Here is one example, “I was the only nice person on that bus. Not nicest. There were no first, second, third place ribbons. I was the ONLY nice one. The rest were walking anuses with heartbeats.”
I worked in public radio for nearly twenty years, doing stories for NPR, as well as in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Dakota. I’ve won several awards.

Dark Abbott is, in a way, a love letter to my son. In case I leave this world, and him, sooner than I expected.  I would hope that my quiet encouragements, and gentle humor, would live on in his heart and mind.  I think you’ll enjoy the pages below.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Steve Roisum
1910 Madison Street
La Crosse, WI  54601       
608-793-1671                                  Cell:  608-317-6088