MarcyKate sent out more than 300 query letters over almost a four year period for three different books that didn’t get picked up. Then she found magic with MONSTROUS, getting 18 partial/full requests and three agent offers from only 26 queries. It comes as no surprise that her query is just as brilliant as the premise for her book. She is represented by Suzie Townsend from New Leaf Literary & Media. Her next book, RAVENOUS, comes out in winter of 2016 by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Most people remember their first crush, first kiss, and first day of school. Kymera remembers none of that. But she will never forget her first breath.
When Father recreates her from the parts of her broken body, the wings of a raven, the tail of serpent, and a cat’s razor-sharp vision, he gives her life without memories or pain.
But not without a mission.
Kymera knows who murdered her. A wizard in the city of Bryre who is sacrificing the girls of the countryside one by one. He is monstrous and now Father has created a monster to stop him.
Kymera sneaks into Bryre each night, rescuing the captive girls and doing her best to avoid the city’s human inhabitants. Then one night she meets Ren, the king’s page boy, and her resolve weakens. Her nightly missions take on a dual purpose—save the other girls and steal a few moments with the boy who has yet to see her without her cloak.
As she lingers each night, Kymera begins to overhear things: a snide remark about Father, rumors of a hideous beast, and whisperings of a black market dealing solely in live, human goods. Ever since that first breath, she’s known exactly who she is, but now she is forced to ask who is the real monster here—the wizard, her father, or worse, herself?
MONSTROUS, a YA fantasy complete at 85,000 words, is Frankenstein meets the Brothers Grimm told from the viewpoint of the monster as a teenage girl. I believe it will appeal to fans of Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Graceling. I have a MS in Arts Administration from Boston University and as the former marketing director of a professional theatre, I can actively promote my work. My futuristic YA short story “Connected” was recently published in the Spring Fevers Anthology by Elephant’s Bookshelf Press.
Fun fact: MarcyKate wrote and queried Monstrous as a young adult novel but Harper Collins bought it as middle grade (and they were totally right!)
Suzie Townsend recently wrote about her query letter – read what she had to say.