Tatum sent over OVER A HUNDRED queries for THE D’EVIL DIARIES! She was on the verge of giving up and moving onto the next story when a publisher and three agent extended offers. In the end she signed with Liz Bonsor from The Blair Partnership (JK Rowling’s agency!) and shortly afterwards had a two-book deal with the brilliant Orchard Books. THE D’EVIL DIARIES, Tatum Flynn’s debut novel, will be out from Orchard/Hachette on the 2nd April 2015, with a sequel, HELL’S BELLES, to follow January 2016.
Dear Ms Agent,
I am seeking representation for THE D’EVIL DIARIES, a 50,000-word MG fantasy.
Lucifer’s youngest son, Jinx, is a failure as a demon. All he wants is to make his dad proud, but he’s just terrible at being terrible. After getting into trouble once too often (how was he supposed to know Blackbeard had a soft spot for mermaids?), Jinx runs away from Pandemonium, the walled city he’s lived in all his life. Braving the unknown perils of Outer Hell armed only with his wits, some soggy ketchup sandwiches, and a vampire bat named Bruce, he runs into eleven-year-old Tommy, who’s ended up in Hell after accidentally feeding her nasty uncle to a circus lion.
When Tommy and Jinx overhear the vicious Morax plotting to steal Lucifer’s throne, they embark on an adventure through Hell to try to prevent the coup. To succeed, they’ll need to brave carnivorous carousel horses, deranged dead people, soul-sucking mirages and two-headed vultures. But if they fail, not only will Jinx and his family be left to rot in the dungeons, but Morax and his cohorts will make Earth a far more dangerous place to be human than it has ever been before.
I believe THE D’EVIL DIARIES would appeal to readers who enjoy the humour and scares of Derek Landy and the imaginative adventure of Rick Riordan. I am writing to you because xxxxx [ie they mentioned in an online interview they love funny MG fantasy etc]. I enclose the first xxx below [whatever they ask for in their submission guidelines, first five pages etc]. I am a member of SCBWI. Thank you for your time and consideration.
With best wishes,
Tatum Flynn lives by the sea in England with a cat called Friday and too many hats. She has a soft spot for the word ‘ramshackle’, and a vagabond past which involves piloting lifeboats in Venezuela, playing poker in Las Vegas, shooting rapids in the Grand Canyon and almost falling out of a plane over Scotland.