March 13, 2015
This 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.
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!