Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jessica Hill's Current Query

All right, readers: happy Thursday! Let's get to work. You probably don't know Jessica Hill. I didn't when Hannah introduced me to her, but I've been reading her blog for a week now, and she's pretty cool. Head on over to follow her, and come right back for her query.

The letter:

Dear Agent,

After seventeen-year-old Dessa Sanford dies, her spirit becomes stuck on earth and she must free herself before her soul is dragged to hell.

Dessa never expected to be dead at seventeen, much less surrounded by the dismissive living. She can’t interact with them, can’t tell them they’re wrong about her death—it wasn’t an accident and she most certainly didn’t kill herself. Searching for someone who cares, she keeps visiting the boy she can’t forget.

Garrett Cooper is the only one who believes there’s more to Dessa’s death. He saw something the day she died and didn’t act on it. Now he’s haunted by the guilt—and Dessa.

With the help of a guide, Dessa must let go of her old life if she’s to free herself from the grip earth has on her spirit. But she’s too busy following Garrett, who vows to uncover the truth about her death. The longer Dessa stays among the living, the more likely it is the Reapers of the Night will find her and force her soul to hell where she’ll be tortured by the devil for all eternity.

Complete at 61,000 words, CRASHING DOWN is a young adult paranormal that I believe readers of HEREAFTER and NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN will enjoy for similar elements and romance. I would be happy to forward the complete manuscript at your request.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hill

That's it.

Please thank Jessica for sharing her query with us, but save your feedback for tomorrow. Thanks!

15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Jessica!

Heather Kelly said...

Cool query! Thanks for putting it out there for us. :) Looking forward to the critique.

farawayeyes said...

Hey Jessica. Thanks for being so brave and sharing, so we all can learn. See ya tomorrow.

mshatch said...

Ooh, interesting premise! I'll be back tomorrow to see what Matt has to say...

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Looks good to me, so I will be curious what Matt has to say!

Kittie Howard said...

Hi, Jessica! Thanks for stepping forward and helping us all. (What I read looks really good!)

Jessica Hill said...

hi guys! so great to meet some new people. looking forward to what everyone has to say tomorrow. :)

LuAnn Braley said...

Jessica (and Matt), thanks so much for helping me to learn another facet of the writing business!

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

61K is really short! Can't wait to see how Matt grades this tomorrow.

Christina Lee said...

Hi Jessica!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Hi Jess, wise of you to let Matt look at your query.

Lexa Cain said...

Cool query! Waiting for the critique. :-)

Mel Chesley said...

Nice! Thanks, Jessica. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Elise Fallson said...

Very interesting, Jessica! Can't wait to see what Matthew says, will be back tomorrow. (:

Pabkins said...

That's the first query letter I've ever ready - looks good.