Query Letter #31
Genre: Upper Middle Grade – Contemporary
Dear Sarah LaPolla,
When 14-year-old artist Inky Kahn picks the new girl, Amanda, as his secret muse, he never imagines his drawings will be used by a creepy game developer to lure his classmate to danger.
Thanks so much for offering your time to allow us to pitch. I’m looking for representation for MEGALAND, a 50,000 word high-tech YA thriller set in the under-parented, high-expectation world of a Manhattan international prep school.
Inky’s cyber-geek friend, Rungs, turns him on to a computer game in development, thinking it’ll help Inky get over his father’s death and be a way to showcase his art. But when the new girl cuts her hair to mimic one of the drawings and starts talking about an upcoming date as if Inky was the developer, Inky and Rungs do some cyber-sleuthing and discover that Amanda has made a date with a convicted child molester.
But they’re smart kids, too smart to be duped, especially when Inky thought the game developer was his friend, or at least someone he could open up to when they chatted. Equipped with spy gear from Rungs’ intelligence-officer father and a provocative drawing by Inky, they try to trap the creep before he can put his hands on their friend.
My essays and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Boston Herald, Sojourner, The New York Press, bettyconfidential.com, Yahoo Shine and other publications. My professional background in media marketing and I’m currently an interactive content manager. I would actively use my contacts and experience to market this book.
Thanks so much for your consideration.