So, agents. First of all, I read the SFWA page on agents
, which is great. So, I learned to watch out for shysters and that I needed a query. Ann Leckie's query
is a great one (and I enjoyed her trilogy as well!). Query Shark
is also a great resource.
Here's the query I came up with:
Genetically engineered to be the first human to fly, Beryl achieved worldwide fame at age seven. Now a teenager, she lives a quiet, isolated life with her family in a Milwaukee suburb.
Maggie is a journalist stuck in a dead-end job writing celebrity “Where are they now?” pieces, but she hungers to tell a real story at a time when reporting the truth can land you in prison.
When Maggie interviews Beryl for a fluff piece, Beryl’s world suddenly expands as she is introduced to other heavily modified teens. Beryl and Maggie decide to investigate rumors of The Home, a secret facility where children whose genetic modifications went wrong are kept hidden from the world at large. In the process, they uncover family secrets that pit Beryl against her parents and Maggie against a powerful corporation.
The strong female protagonists of The Flights of Beryl Pritchard (complete at 113,000 words) lead the reader through a near-future world suddenly much nearer due to recent scientific breakthroughs in genetic engineering. The book questions the definitions of family and humanity as it explores issues of reproductive rights, patenting of life, and the role of journalism in society.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
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