This query letter resulted in a contract with Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literaryand Skyscape for her debut novel GATES OF THREAD AND STONE. Lori wrote about her query experience on the Writer’s Digest Blog.
Dear Ms. Townsend,
A few weeks ago, [name redacted] sent you some pages from my YA cyberpunk fantasyGATES OF THREAD AND STONE, and I was thrilled to hear you were interested in taking a look. I’m honored to have [name redacted]’s referral, and I hope you’ll enjoy the story.People are disappearing in the city of Ninurta. Like the rest of the citizens, seventeen-year-old Kai pretends not to notice. With her own survival to worry about, she doesn’t have much concern to spare. But when her brother vanishes, Kai will do whatever it takes to find him, including using the ability she promised her brother to keep secret—Kai can see and manipulate the threads of time.
With the help of an annoying and distracting friend—distracting because he’s beautiful, and annoying because he knows it—Kai discovers a secret war between Ninurta’s governor and a rebel named the Black Rider. The Rider has been kidnapping Ninurtans and transforming them into cybernetically enhanced soldiers called Golems.
Kai sets out to find the Rider and discovers a shocking secret: the Rider is actually the Harbinger of Famine. And Kai? Not as human as she thought. Now, Kai will have to face down the Harbinger and uncover the link between herself and the secret war before her brother gets sent for dehumanization.
Equal parts sci fi and fantasy, HARBINGER is complete at 75,000 words.
I included the first chapter below. Thank you so much for your interest, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you.