Meredith Jaeger (Luckynumber3 on QT) has signed with agent Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.
I was inspired by my own engagement ring, which is an heirloom from 1903. It belonged to my husband's great-aunt, and I'm in love with it. I started imagining...what if there were a really fascinating story behind this ring? What was the life of the person who owned it like? I'm also the daughter of a Swiss immigrant, and my grandparents and great-grandparents came from Germany. The immigrant experience is part of the fabric of American history, and I wanted to show the lives of the working class. I've worked in San Francisco for ten years, and I'm enamored by the old brick buildings in Jackson Square that used to be saloons, warehouses and dance halls. There is so much more to the city than startups. It has an incredible past.
As for my other books, it took me six years of querying before landing my agent. I think I queried my first novel for two years and my second novel for one year. I won't tell you how many rejection letters I have!
Dear Jenny Bent,
Because you particularly enjoy women's fiction, I've been keeping an eye on your #MSWL tweets! Based on the two below, I think my novel, SARAH'S HEIRLOOM, will be a great fit for you.
#MSWL historical fiction (for adults) with a strong female lead and lots of plot
#MSWL high concept women’s fiction, with a strong plot, great pace and lots of emotion. Like THE LIFE LIST by@lnelsonspielman
SARAH'S HEIRLOOM is women's fiction and complete at 81,000 words, the past and present woven together in a plot-driven dual narrative.
San Francisco, 1876. German immigrant Hannelore Schaeffer hugs her best friend Margaret goodbye after a long day mending dresses at the tailor shop. But when Margaret doesn’t show up for work the next morning, Hanna fears the worst. Braving the squalor of the Red Light district and daring to enter the mansions of Nob Hill, Hanna stops at nothing to find her missing friend.
San Francisco, 2015. Spirit of the City associate editor Sarah Havensworth is hiding a painful secret from her past. Having married into San Francisco’s most prominent family, she plans to keep it hidden forever. When she’s assigned an article on San Francisco’s infamous Barbary Coast, Sarah discovers the disappearance of two seamstresses in 1876. The deeper Sarah digs, the more she suspects the Havensworths have secrets of their own. In the process, she finds that she and Hannelore might be linked in unexpected ways, and that her heirloom emerald engagement ring holds the key to the answers.
This book will appeal to fans of Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio, The House Girl by Tara Conklin, and fans of the BBC show The Paradise. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, and many of the places visited by the characters are real, including "The Saloon" San Francisco's oldest bar! I hold a BA in Modern Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference in 2012.
The full manuscript is available upon request. I have pasted the first ten pages into the body of this email. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you!