This query letter resulted in a contract with literary agent Patricia Nelson from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Kathryn queried her on 11/12/14; she requested a partial the same day; full on 11/19, emailed to talk on 11/30, and offered on 12/2. This was Kathryn’s second
round of queries (after some key revisions). Twenty-eight agents were queried with 12 partial/full requests. Awesome work! THE MAINFRAME KILLS AT MIDNIGHT is not yet under contract with a publisher.
I’m querying THE MAINFRAME KILLS AT MIDNIGHT, a 94,000-word, alternating-POV cyber YA, which has not been on submission.
The only thing keeping Lucy from dominating cyber-mainframe design is leukemia, the last cancer the world still has to beat. When she’s accepted into a clinical trial in Baltimore combining medicine and virtual reality, the future looks hopeful. And falling for literature-obsessed fellow patient, Felix? Definitely a bonus. But soon after, Lucy discovers the trials’ disastrous history and witnesses cerebral glitches in the other patients that kills them instantly. Now the virtual reality promised to cure her leukemia might disconnect her from her own mind at any second. Unless Lucy can find a way to stop it first.
Six months after the trials end—and a failed suicide attempt he barely remembers—a bitter, heartbroken Felix is admitted to an asylum in Boston. When he hears his ex-girlfriend Lucy has fled to Venice to join a cult that will permanently upload their consciousnesses to a mainframe, he has to stop her from essentially killing herself, and he only has 72 hours to do it. But the closer Felix gets to finding Lucy—and discovering her motives for going through with the upload—the more he realizes the only way to stop Lucy is to risk his life by following her into a mainframe the entire world is trying to shut down.