Wish I could take the credit for this, but a friend came to my rescue. I think I am going to quit worrying about this now and get back to writing.
Dear Perfect Agent,
Gentyl thinks this is no way to become an elite Horse Guard. Assigned to watch a senile wizard botch spells and blow things up, while the king is missing, his personal guard is dead, a civil war and the genocide of Gentyl’s people threaten? But the wizard may be less senile than he seems, and when the ambitious young woman’s sword begins to talk to her of magic and demons, Gentyl’s future begins to seem much more interesting–and more dangerous.
The Horse Guards have defended the Meryn people for hundreds of years, and never has their skill and honor been more needed. An assassin’s blade, an attractive healer who isn’t what he seems, and a lurking demon caller lie between Gentyl and her heart’s desire, but Meryn needs the Horse Guards, and the Horse Guards need Gentyl–whether they know it yet, or not.
I was a staff writer for Speedhorse Racing Report for seventeen years. During that time I wrote weekly stories about Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa racing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. I also wrote several stories about the history of various tracks and articles about equine health.
I’m seeking representation for my fantasy PALADIN’S PRIDE of 130,000 words. It is the first in a series.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I’m really impressed with your credentials on writing about horses. I don’t have great academic knowledge about horses, I just had them. I was raised on a farm in Ohio, and because conditions were so wet in the spring we had draft horses to slog thru the mud. Then of course I had a Shetland and a paint saddle horse. But I didn’t have a saddle. When I left the farm it took me a while to learn to ride with one.
I’m very curious about how my query will fly with EE and others. I’d love to be able to sell the book’s concept, then take the trip on horseback with my daughter, or better yet with both daughters. The 20 year-old is wrapped up in her boyfriend and probably wouldn’t want to go. But we know how things can change with boyfriends.
Gosh, I think every kid ought to have a pony, preferably a Paint one. Mine was named Bimbo.
Do you have the query up yet?
My editor at the magazine used to do a lot of freelance writing. Part of it was a series of stories about the wild horses. She packed in, followed the herds and wrote about them. People in Europe ate it up.
It would be an experience for the girls they would never forget and boyfriends come and go. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I hope it works out for you.
Very nice, Julie! I think it came out really well.
Are you going to give query shark or ee a go?
Merry, I wish I could take credit for that, but I can’t. However, it’s close enough just a bit of tweaking will have it perfect to the book, I think.
I’ve already posted it to both. We’ll see what happens. Query Shark doesn’t do fantasy so I don’t think I’m in any danger of her asking for pages or chapters.
The book won’t be ready to start submitting until later this summer or early fall. I want to take it through the workshop before I let it see the light of day.
Merry, I am still not getting links to work so I have a plea in to tech support so I can finish the meme.