Sara Raasch

Sara Raasch

March 13, 2015
SaraRaaschThis query letter resulted in a contract with Mackenzie Brady from New Leaf Literary. While the book Sara queried for got shelved, she’s not too sad about that. In her own words, “SNOW LIKE ASHES ended up being a much better debut” and won her a publishing contract with Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. And with a jacket cover like that, how can you go wrong? Seriously awesome.
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Photographer Sophie McKay isn’t your average Jewish teenager: she can see ghosts. And not just the ghosts of her family’s dark and murderous past – real souls trapped in eternal loops of death. So when she gets an internship with a paranormal documentary crew trotting through Philly’s most haunted places, Sophie knows she’s going to come face-to-face with perilous entities. But the ghost she doesn’t expect to be confronted by – the ghost of her family’s history – rears its ugly head in the form of a sexy-creepy Italian stalker. Nero Lagorio has his own supernatural agenda that puts Sophie at the center of his lust for revenge. Between warding off love triangles, diabolical seven-year-olds, and killer undeads, Sophie is forced to confront her family’s dark past – while Nero fights to make sure she doesn’t have a future.
SHUTTER, SHUDDER is a YA paranormal complete at 57,000 words. It’s told in tandem between Sophie and Nero: Sophie using her snark to add a colorful splash alongside Nero’s dark uncertainty. A big part of Sophie’s color is her Judaism (from her “Yiddish-isms” to her ultra-orthodox grandparents), the one area of her life in which she is entirely confident. Due to your interest in YA, I think you would be a perfect fit for SHUTTER, SHUDDER.
I recently parted ways on good terms with my former agent for a different YA novel and am eager to re-enter the publishing world. Chronicles of my writing journey can be found at seesarawrite.blogspot.com. This is a multiple submission. I look forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely,
Sara Raasch
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