Mike Grosso (privatepook on QT) has signed with agent Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Take a lot of time writing your query. Write it multiple times, and then write it again. Get excited about writing it, so the agent reading it will share your enthusiasm. You've worked hard on your book – make sure it's represented as well as it deserves.
And finally, because I’m dying to use a music metaphor, think of reading and writing like practicing the guitar – you only get better if you keep at it and don't give up at the first sign of turbulence.
Dear (NAME OF AGENT):
I am seeking representation for I AM DRUMS, a 44,000 word middle grade novel that would appeal to fans of Jerry Spinelli and Rebecca Stead.
While other kids dream about cars, ponies, and fashion, all eleven-year-old Samantha Morris dreams about is playing the drums. And it’s hard to make your dreams come true when your parents don’t think music will ever pay the bills, and the kids at school think a girl that carries drumsticks and beats on dictionaries is totally weird.
Sam’s dreams are crushed when the middle school she’s set to attend cuts their music program, dooming her to a full day of regular classes. Her only hope to accomplish her dream is to find a private music teacher and pay for lessons herself, but that's not so easy in a bad economy where dreams of becoming a “professional musician” are a bad joke.
I currently teach fifth grade and have worked in the past as a freelance writer and talk radio producer in Chicago.
In accordance with your submission guidelines, I have included (ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS THE AGENT SPECIFICALLY ASKS FOR). Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.