Query Letter #23
Rak M Nay & Sangay Glass
Title: Arcanom: The Forgetful Future
Genre: Y/A Fantasy Novel and Manga Series
Dear Ms. LaPolla
Sorry, but I have to quote your blog post because it had me in stitches, and it perfectly reflects the moment when kids realize they’re reaching adulthood. You said, "If 16 is supposed to be this great and wonderful age, and I don't feel any different, then what the hell is 17 going to feel like?" Caught in the middle of a very grown up war, the high school students of Arcanom feel the same because they’re wedged between being eligible to fight while still being treated like kids.
In Arcanom: The Forgetful Future, a Y/A modern time travel fantasy, 138,000 words that will appeal to older readers of His Dark Materials and Harry Potter...
The future seems bleak when Allix dreams a classmate must die by her hand to prevent a bloody conflict between sorcerers and the ordinary people of Earth, but it’s only a dream, right?
Perhaps, let’s start at the beginning.
Allix has great expectations after she’s taken from her Ukraine homeland on the Black Sea and sent to Arcanom’s military academy to become a warrior sorceress. However, her childish fantasies about magical realms and casting spells soon dissolve into a grim reality. Magic is hard work, boys are still goofy, fairies fart, and young mages are dying in a multiple world political war over Earth’s fate.
Allix knows things won’t get better. She’s been to the future and seen what it’s like, according to what the people in her dreams keep telling her. By the time she discovers the deceptive true purpose of her dreams, the window of opportunity is closing. She finds herself forced to choose between killing a classmate to save millions or taking a risk to save everyone.
The future will never be the same once Allix and her new friends unite to change destiny before it changes them forever.
As a writer, I use my experiences as a psychiatric nurse and a mom with two learning disabled (LD) teenagers to address really tough issues for teens and help parents and caregivers teach LD kids social and life skills in my two web series, Teen Angst: Truce and Colorful Minds. I’ve published several inspirational true stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Haurah Magazine.
My co-writer and genius behind the Arcanom series is Brazilian Y/A author and comic book creator, Rak M Nay. He and I are also developing a manga series for Y/A and M/G reluctant readers and colorful kids based on the Arcanom characters, called, Arcanom Quests.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for your time. Have a Great Day!