This query letter resulted in a contract with literary agent Sara Megibow from Nelson Literary Agency (she has since moved to KT Literary) and PHR’s Hydra imprint for Alis’s debut novel LIESMITH–named Best Books of 2014 by BOOKRIOT.
Dear Ms. Megibow,
I am currently seeking representation for my first novel, LIESMITH, a completed 90,000 word queer urban fantasy.
Sigmund Sussman is an intentionally unremarkable, 20-something geek working as a low-level IT office drone for the world’s biggest technology company. After a chance encounter with the CEO, Sigmund soon finds “unremarkable” replaced by angry Norse gods, ancient eschatological prophecies, and a too-smooth red-haired hipster going by the alias Lain Laufeyjarson. Lain is trouble, and Lain’s trouble is contagious. He’s also suspiciously willing to romance Sigmund over a night of Dungeons and Dragons.
When Lain’s trouble starts making house calls—in the form of large and violent Vikings—Sigmund finds everything in his life going to Hell, and not nearly as metaphorically as he would like. Soon, his family and friends are involved, and it’s up to Sigmund and everyone he knows, all four of them, to stop (or complete, or maybe just survive) the end of the world. If he’s lucky, Sigmund might even manage to save his city, some gods, and his love life while he’s at it.
LIESMITH is set in a fictional city in a contemporary, albeit mythologized, Australia. It was written out of a combination of a love for Norse mythology, particularly the little-known goddesses; my own experiences daydreaming in tech-industry desk jobs; and a desire to see greater representation of queer heroes of colour in the urban fantasy/paranormal genre. The novel is aimed at the New Adult market, and deals with common second-coming-of-age issues faced by 20-something Millennials, primarily identity and family, albeit dressed up in the fireballs and umlauts of the Viking sagas.
Sample pages or the full manuscript are available on request. The story is stand-alone, thought it sets up plot threads for at least one sequel.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.