Query Letter - YA Fantasy
Hello, I've got a query letter to offer up. I'll be submitting in the UK market - I'm not sure if that significantly changes what needs to go into the query letter. Any help or criticism would be most welcomed.
I am seeking representation for my young adult fantasy novel BELLADONNA which is complete at 52,000 words. I have enclosed the first three chapters and a synopsis. I have approached you regarding representation because [REASONS].
One hot August day, a fractious young lady named Hazel escapes from her governess, raids an apple orchard, kisses a boy, and breaks a witch's window. The witch curses Hazel into servitude until she speaks her Name.
Soon, Hazel is fetching water, scrubbing floors, and utterly ruining her fine hands. As she works, the witch tells tales of her otherworldly father, of the mortal man she loved and lost, of witch hunts and fairy revels. Hazel learns to see the witch not as a fiend, but perhaps as the mother she never had. When Hazel discovers her father is dying and the witch does not let her go to him, Hazel runs away to Faerie, desperate to learn the witch’s Name. Instead, she falls into the clutches of the Fairy Queen – the witch’s vengeful half-sister.
I am a member of SCBWI British Isles, as well as the Oxford writing group Group 2012, organised in part by Blackwell’s Oxford. I discuss my writing and academic experiences on my personal blog.
I would be thrilled if you would consider BELLADONNA for representation, and a few other agents are considering simultaneously. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.