Query Letter #25
Your Name: MarcyKate
Title: THE GHOST WRITER
Genre: YA Ghost Story
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
Seventeen-year-old Tessa James does her damnedest to ignore the implications of the letters appearing on her nightstand, but when the accidents begin there's no more ignoring the ghosts in the theatre next door.
Soon Tessa discovers the letters are pieces of a diary and the tale of Ava Dubois, a runaway millgirl turned rising starlet, begins to unravel. As Tessa is unwillingly drawn into Ava’s past, connections to the present become stark—and scary. Manchester’s Castle Theatre, her employer and once Ava's, is about to produce Hamlet, the very play canceled by Ava’s untimely death in 1935. A bizarre series of accidents plague the theatre staff, while the steady stream of letters and rumors of ghosts force Tessa into a dangerous game. She wants no part, but the spirits won’t leave her alone, nor will the suspicious detective investigating the accidents. With the body count piling up—in the past and present—Tessa must checkmate her ghosts and Ava's if she wants to live long enough to have a future.
I'm seeking representation for THE GHOST WRITER, a YA ghost story complete at 60,000 words. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Music from Hampshire College. As the former marketing director of a professional theatre, I have the skill-set to actively promote my work. That theatre and its longstanding legends of hauntings inspired my book.
Last spring you read GLOW, another project of mine, and I hope you’ll find THE GHOST WRITER to be more to your taste. I would be happy to supply sample chapters or a full manuscript upon request.
Thank you for your time and consideration.