Karen Brenner (kbbrenner on QT) has signed with agent Anna Trader of The Rights Factory.
But it is very discouraging to get the rejections. You do grow a thick skin and this process is an important learning curve.
Anna is a wonderful person to work with and I am so happy that she is representing me! I began querying for my first novel, "The Dancing Skeleton" in June. I sent out 150 queries and had several agents ask for more material. Five wanted to see the entire MS. This experience with querying for my first book gave me a much tougher skin and taught me how to write a pitch paragraph and a tag line. It was a painful but very important learning process. I couldn't have survived it without Query Tracker!
All That Remains is my 96,000 word, women’s literary novel that tells the story of the Quinn family: the enormously talented, wildly dramatic, funny and sometimes dangerous Quinns. The novel opens with the story of Birdsong Olivier, a mixed-race child growing up in the Jim Crow South, a little girl with an enormous gift. Her mother, Hattie Mae, cleans the house of the music teacher in Abbeville, Louisiana. Miss Elder recognizes Birdsong’s musical ability and works with the little girl to develop her crystal clear, soaring soprano voice. But neither Birdy’s mother nor her music teacher can prepare her for the day she meets Michael Quinn, the man for whom she must audition to win a scholarship to the Julliard Vocal Arts Program.
And nothing can prepare Michael Quinn for the stunning moment when he first sees Birdsong Olivier as she stands trembling before him, waiting for her chance of a life time. This gifted singer from Louisiana, this slip of a girl shakes Quinn to his core. It isn’t her powerful spinto soprano voice that overwhelms him, it is Birdsong’s uncanny resemblance to that girl with the red-gold hair in Derry, the laughing girl reaching out to the letter box to post her wedding invitations. The girl that he and his brothers in the IRA blasted to nothingness.
The lives of Michael Quinn and Birdsong Olivier are shaped and choreographed by the music inside of them, their destinies determined by the tragedies visited upon them. It is these terrible events from their past that forge the journeys each must take, together and apart. From the rape of innocence and the murder of youth a wellspring of discovery and grace flows through their lives.
I was raised in the South in a family of musicians and singers and loved writing this story about the power of music in the lives of a family spanning three generations. I have written many articles and stories that have been published both in the US and abroad. After the success of my first non-fiction book, You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello, I recently signed a contract with a publishing house in the UK for my second non-fiction book, A Day in the Life. Since 2005, I have been an on-air contributor for WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio reading my stories from life. I was awarded the Peter Lisgaor Prize from the Society of Professional Journalists for my story, “Driving with Frank Sinatra.”
Thank you very much for your consideration of this query