I reviewed Adrian McKinty's Deviant on my Surrounded by Books Reviews blog today. You can read the review here.
Next Wednesday, I'll be traveling to Richmond for the James River Writers Conference. I'll also see Wicked on next Wednesday evening. I can't believe it's about a week away. I am pitching The Phoenix Prophetess there and I've been working on my query letter. Here's where I need your help. You see I've only written one query letter before for Virtuoso, but since I stopped working on it, I didn't get a chance to try it out. So I need help. If you have a few moments, please read my query—it's just the basic part of it since I'm good with the extra stuff—and comment if you wish. I will be attending a query letter workshop next Thursday too, but I want my query to be the best I can make it before then. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you! [I did already tweak it a bit.]
Seventeen-year-old Yssa is the sixth Phoenix Prophetess in 2500 years, but she would do anything—except perhaps watch her city burn or her best friend die—to be herself.
On the day of Yssa's birth and death, the god Apenth chooses her as the Phoenix Prophetess. Prophetic visions, a phoenix-shaped birthmark, and becoming the advisor to the Queen of Amora on her eighteenth birthday may sound like great perks, but it's a real pain. She spends her days reading dry, dusty scrolls while attempting to catch the eye of some of the younger priests, if she can get the ferryman's son Liam to leave her alone for two grains of sand. Then, there are the visions.
When she foretells her parents' murder, she races against time and across an ocean certain she can stop the future. But she's too late and has had enough. If she can't change the future, then she wants no part of being the Phoenix Prophetess. She flees with Liam and vows never to return to Amora or utter another prophecy. Yet when she sees Amora in flames, she must make a choice to ignore the future or embrace being the Prophetess again. The city will burn if she doesn't warn them. She must find a way to change Fate.
Thanks for reading it. I'm still in the editing/polishing stages of the novel, but it should be all pretty by the time I go to the conference.
So what are you working on right now? Have you written query letters before? Do you like to write them or find them to be a pain?