I’m a researcher. I love doing research. I have to shut off my internet connection while I’m writing because if I don’t I might lose myself in researching some tidbit that has come up. It’s a sickness really. One of the ways I come up with story ideas is to surf wikipedia. I just go from article to article. I can start with NASA and end up with DARPA. Or puppies.
Anyway, so when I decided (prematurely) that I was ready to search for an agent, I put a lot of research into it. First I read up on how to query an agent. The following sites were indispensable:
It is our duty to inform you that your death is scheduled to occur on the early morning of October 17th, 2008.
Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Have a pleasant day.
All thirteen year-old Oliver Travers wanted to do when he woke up Thursday morning was squeeze in a little underwear gymnastics before school, until his mom called him downstairs to tell him he had received a Deathday Letter, which sort of ruined the mood.
Content to spend his last day of life at school (where the girls are), Oliver’s best friends Shane Grimsley and Veronica (Ronnie) Dittrich convince him to burn his books and ditch school to track down the source of his letter and find out why he’s been chosen to die.
In a world where only taxes, Deathday Letters, and teenage boy’s hormones are certainties, Oliver, Shane and Ronnie embark upon a bus ride that takes them from the post office, to a house filled with college-aged anti-Deathday Letter activists (and Dave Matthews fans), and nearly to prison. And as the end draws near Oliver learns that living is way tougher than dying…and that kissing is wetter than he’d expected.
THE DEATHDAY LETTER, a quirky YA novel, is complete at 60,000 words. This is my first novel, but my short fiction has previously appeared on the wall of Mrs. Miller’s third grade class (with two gold stars), and my non-fiction has previously appeared in XY Magazine.
I appreciate you taking the time to read my query and I look forward to hearing from you.