Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bish Denham's Current Query

Back to queries today on The QQQE. It's what we do. In fact, it's going to be queries for the rest of the week here. So get ready, get pumped.

Anyway, today's is Bish Denham's. Before we go on, please visit her blog, and click that little follow button. I'll wait ...

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Today is just Bish's query letter. Feedback is being reserved for tomorrow. So please say hello, in the comments, but save your critique until Wednesday. Thanks!

The query:

Dear Agent,

From the moment he hatches, Marvin P. Tinkleberry knows he is destined for greatness. For one, he has a marvelous, well-groomed tail. For another he can puff out his throat pouch in the most spectacular way. Maybe the other lizards in his colony don’t take him seriously, but he knows the truth, it lives in the marrow of his bones, he’s going to be a hero.

When a feral cat threatens his home of Stone Wall in the Garden by the Sea, clearly there’s only one lizard for the job. Travelling Over the Hill to find and befriend a dog should be as easy as snapping up a sleeping moth. And as for help, he doesn’t need any! After all, if Marvin’s ancestor, Prince Leopold, could go it alone, so can he.

It doesn’t take long for Marvin to see that the world beyond Stone Wall is not the same as his pampered life back at the garden. A beautiful tail is not much help against deadly scorpions or navigating the fearful Sucker Cactus Forest. Nor are hungry mongooses and rats frightened by a pouch display. It becomes clear, if he’s to complete his mission, Marvin must deflate his ego, accept help, and make a plan. Along with El Grekko Gecko, the Great Iguana, and a lovely female named Leeza, Marvin sets out for the poisonous wasteland of The Dump where he must find the one key to befriending the fearsome dog and saving his colony from extinction: a Bone.

But it will cost him, and Marvin will have to decide if he is willing to pay.

A Lizard’s Tail is a fun MG adventure approximately 24,000 words in length. It is steeped with the exotic flora and fauna of the Caribbean. I am a fourth generation U. S. Virgin Islander and have had stories and articles published with Spider Magazine, Wee Ones, Blooming Tree Press, Fun For Kidz and My Friend. I also placed first in the Children’s Writer Fantasy/Folktale Contest put on by the Institute of Children’s Literature.

(Personalization bit here.) May I send A Lizard’s Tail for you to view?

Thank you for your consideration

Sincerely,
Bish Denham

That's it! Thank you very much for having the courage to share this with us, Bish. I'll provide my thoughts tomorrow.

24 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

OMG! This is so cool! I see so many geckos here in Greece and that's exactly what I call them! El Grekko Geckos! HAHAHA!!!

Sarah said...

What a neat query. I'll be back tomorrow with comments!

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Really good query. Off to look for a bone. Oh, wait... I mean breakfast.

Suzie F. said...

OMGosh this sound adorable, Bish!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing this Bish.

Jess said...

This sounds fantastic and fun!

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a fun story! :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Fun concept. I'll have to check in tomorrow.

Bish Denham said...

Thanks Matt! And thanks to everyone who has commented/will comment. I'll be back...

Renae said...

Sounds like a fun read!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Fun! You know, I read the entire thing, the first read through. (Sometimes I skip at first, and skim to the end, before reading in the entirety.) Clearly, I'm a fan of lizards :)

Talli Roland said...

LOVED the bit about the tail and the pouch!

Michael G-G said...

Wow! Nice query.

And great to have such a query fest at the QQQE!!

Bryce Daniels said...

Definately coming back tomorrow. Save me a seat!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good hook - most boys like lizards!

Sarah Pearson said...

*Waves at Bish*. See you tomorrow :)

Robyn Lucas said...

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

I'm totally PUMPED UP!!!

ali said...

Wow. It's going to be hard to have anything more to say tomorrow than today which is, well, WOW!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

This sounds like SUCH a fun read! Love it. :)

Talei said...

Really nice query, definitely appealing methinks! ;-)

Lynda R Young said...

This is wonderful! I love the character you've captured and the premise sounds great.

Vijaya said...

Nice job on the query. I can tell this is a well plotted book. Plus I'm a sucker for animal stories.

Old Kitty said...

I want to read the book now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take care
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