Denise Pattiz Bogard (dpbogard on QT) has signed with agent Holly Root of Root Literary.
According to www.querytracker.net, you have a special interest in literary and women's fiction. I also see that you are "looking for up-market commercial and literary fiction with a strong emotional core." With that in mind, I hope that you will consider my literary fiction manuscript, AFTER ELISE.
AFTER ELISE opens with a middle-aged woman whose car skids in the rain and she kills a twenty-year-old hitchhiker, Elise. The novel traces the impact of this accident on the lives of the driver, her family and the mother of the victim. It is told in alternating point of view chapters from the driver and three family members as they undergo the widening ripple of conflict that pre-dates, and is exacerbated by, the skid that changes all of their lives. Further complicating the situation, the driver and the victim knew each other from before, when Elise served as an occasional babysitter for the driver’s children. Ultimately, this novel is a mother-daughter story, tracing three such relationships: the driver and her mother, the driver and her teen daughter, the victim and her mother. While the story line is at times quite sorrowful, sparks of humor are woven throughout.
My novel adviser David Carkeet (author of the New York Times Notable Book ERROR OF OUR WAYS and former head of our MFA program) wrote this about AFTER ELISE: "I think the book is hugely promising. You've got an original idea, a solid story, interesting complications, and many scenes that work very, very well. It's a fast, engaging read."
I have sent the manuscript to two other agents, both of whom were referrals from an original agent, who wrote of AFTER ELISE: "You have crafted a very solid novel here." Prior to his own reading, the agent said he "got an absolute rave response to your manuscript from one of my most trusted readers."
I have informed the two agents they do not have an exclusive submission, and I await their response to my manuscript.
By way of background, I am founder and coordinator of the St. Louis Writers Workshop (http://www.stlww.com) and have been writing professionally for 30 years. I've published fiction and non-fiction, in Oklahoma Review, Lady's Circle, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, P-D Magazine, an essay in the forthcoming anthology, "Are We Feeling Better Yet?" and most recently, Teacher Magazine. I teach writing in St. Louis, Missouri. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (‘03), and am the recipient of a number of writing and professional development awards. Before turning to teaching and creative writing, I was a founding partner of the public relations agency, Bogard & Finkel Communications, for 20 years. I am currently at work on my second novel.
Thank you for your consideration. If interested, I would be pleased to send my manuscript (or any portion) to you.