Another Day, Another Query Letter

* This blog post was originally published last year on my main blog. If I could give past-me any advice it would have been to stop wasting so much time on the damn query letter. For shits and giggles, I've added an addendum to the original post and included the very final version of my query letter before throwing everything up in the air and going for self-publishing.

 My barista cousin still thinks its funny to draw dicks in foam. He's right, of course. Dicks are always funny. 

My barista cousin still thinks its funny to draw dicks in foam. He's right, of course. Dicks are always funny. 

 

Well, the holidays came and went, as did several kidney stones that required surgery and little blue pills that took all my troubles away. However, the little blue pills didn't really lend themselves to thoughtful creativity. Unless of course you consider drooling excessively or ranting about BBC's Sherlock while high off my tits a useful part of the writing process.

I'm back now and I've updated my Query again and I think this time I've really nailed it! I've seen people talking about comparable titles but I've never included them in my letter because I couldn't decide what to say. I've finally figure it out though so...here is the latest update.

“No one in my family is human, but who is these days? On day one, Tirigan and I are safe at home with our mother and father. On day two, my twin brother and I realize we have been lied to our entire lives and are now completely alone. In the span of one day, everything we know is ripped away from us. Tirigan and I are then forced to enter a world we didn’t even know existed, in some insane attempt to bring our family back together.

                Family. Deception. Power. Destruction.

                All of it begins on day one.”

                In The Akasha Series: Awakenings (95, 100 words), you’ll find three unique species, two vastly different worlds, and a set of twins that have to navigate an entirely new life with very little information to go on.

After discovering that their mother is not Anunnaki (the nearly immortal alien race that lives on Earth after humans are exterminated by an astrological event), Tirigan and his twin sister Charlie must confront what that revelation means for them. Calla, their mother, belongs to a powerful species that has the ability to control the elements of the Earth. The Téssera. They learn this after Calla is taken by an unknown group of people, and their father rips them away from their home in an attempt to protect the twins from being discovered. The world is broken into two halves and Charlie and Tirigan are now on the wrong side.

                In the hopes of finding their mother, the twins travel to Mitéra, Téssera territory, where their father cannot follow. The twins then seek out the help of their mother’s childhood friend, Kor, who not only accepts them as his own, but helps educate Charlie and Tirigan on the power their mother kept from them. They form new relationships with the members of Kor’s family, while desperately trying to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret. It is in this house, with this family, that Charlie and Tirigan begin to realize the extent of their mother’s deceit, and the scale of the power that they possess as half-Anunnaki, half- Téssera.

Written mainly from Charlie’s perspective, this story is broken into two timelines. Charlie, confident and witty, speaks of the present, while Tirigan, heedful and logical, occasionally informs the reader of the twin’s future. At the end of The Akasha: Awakenings Part II, their timelines coalesce, and their story continues.

This character- driven, Young Adult Fantasy novel is the result of my own desire to see more progressive and diverse characters in the Young Adult fantasy genre You'll find it similar to Ender's Game in his focus on internal struggles despite extraordinary circumstances, but the dialogue will remind you more of something you'd hear while eavesdropping on Joss Whedon and Sherlock Holmes argue over the best incarnation of Spiderman. The Akasha Series is a set of fantasy novels that could serve as a love letter to science. Running along side the socially progressive theme where LGBTQ representation is incidental and not a plot point, is the idea that the truthfulness of science can be just as fantastic as the fiction of fantasy.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

On My Knees But Not To Please

 

As always, hopefully I'll be back with good news soon!

**UPDATED 12/12/2017**

No one in Charlie Damuzi's family is human, but who is these days?

On day one, Charlie and her mute twin brother, Tirigan, are living happily with their parents. On day two, the twins discover they've been handed a lifetime of lies and are forced to flee the only home they've ever known. Day Three? The Damuzi twins are completely alone and now the most powerful creatures on Earth.

              Family. Deception. Power. Destruction.                           

              It all begins on day one.

              In Passage (95, 100 words), you’ll find three unique species, two vastly different worlds, and a set of twins that have to navigate an entirely new life with very little information to go on.

After discovering who they truly are, Charlie and Tirigan Damuzi must flee the safety of their father’s arm and journey across the world to save their mother and reunite their family. In order to succeed, they must education themselves on everything that their parents kept from them. With new and confusing powers at their disposal, Charlie and Tirigan travel on high alert, desperate to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret. On their journey, they befriend a family with secrets of their own. With a little help from these new friends, Charlie and Tirigan begin to realize the extent of their mother’s deceit and the true scale of the power they possess.

Written mainly from Charlie’s perspective, this story is broken into two timelines. Charlie, confident and witty, speaks of the present, while Tirigan, heedful and logical, occasionally informs the reader of the twin’s future. By reading from both perspectives, readers are offered not only more insight into the story but also more clarity in how Charlie and Tirigan view each other and themselves.

This character- driven, young-adult fantasy novel is the result of my own desire to see more progressive and diverse characters in the fantasy genre. As a former behavior therapist to autistic children, I’ve learned a great deal about the human mind and its endless possibilities. It is important to represent not only different races and sexualities, but different levels of social and emotional intelligence as well. I also wanted to write a fantasy novel that could serve as a love letter to science. Running alongside the socially progressive theme, is the idea that the truthfulness of science can be just as fantastic as the fiction of fantasy.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

This Bitch Right Here