Kristal Shaff (Kristal on QT) has signed with agent Katie Menick of .
Hone your craft. Network with online critique groups, and be open to criticism. But even when you are open, be true to yourself as a writer and your voice. Don’t be too abrupt in finishing your book. Make your first 5 pages, and then first 3 chapters shine. They will be the most important.
Be patient. When you are ready to submit to agents, be patient. I flew off six queries that ended up having a spelling error on them. Go slowly with your submissions. Do 5 or so at a time, then wait for a response, filling in your empty slots as they trickle in. Turn your query over to the QT forum to rip to shreds. And only then, send it off. And if you don’t get good responses from your query, redo it. I truly believe that a good query letter (most of the time) needs lots of eyes to see it from many viewpoints. It is easy for YOU to understand your story, but others need to do so as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for that help.
Dear Ms. Menick,
My novel, THE EMISSARY, is a superhero story set in a medieval fantasy realm. The land is bestowed with six rare, superhuman abilities called Shay powers: Strength, Empathy, Precision, Healing, Perception, and Speed.
Nolan, a scribe, prepares for the Tournament of Awakening, an annual trial which brings forth dormant Shay powers. But when a deserter to the king's army is captured and senses Nolan's hidden power of Perception, his monotonous, yet secure, world comes undone. Knowing that all Shay users are required to join the king's elite army, Nolan fears that his traitorous actions will be exposed. But instead of proclaiming his secret, the prisoner befriends him, pleads for his help, and also enlightens him to the gradual disappearance of the land's beloved Shays. At first, they suspect the ageless and Shay empowered king is responsible. But when the first of six Shay stones is discovered, the real source is revealed. And the solution, which the stones bring to light, does not only restore their abilities, but transforms Nolan far beyond what any of them had imagined.
Completed at 120,000 words, I believe THE EMISSARY will appeal to readers of Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain, and Jim Butcher (specifically his Codex Alera series), as well as those who are fond of NBC's television show Heroes.
Thank you for your consideration. I have included the first 3 chapters, and hope I can share the remainder of the completed manuscript with you.