Patrick DiOrio (tarzan on QT) has signed with agent Helen Heller of Helen Heller Agency.
Then I decided to start up again, completed a crime novel and went looking for another agent. Got one and she submitted this book to a handful of publishers and then let it die a silent death. I worked on another in the meantime and sent it to her. She was excited with this one and sent it out to five publishers with various responses but no offers. Dorchester eventually made an offer but after discussing it with my agent, we felt this particular book deserved a bigger house so we passed. She sent it out to one more publisher and when they passed she seemed to lose interest.
In the meantime I was completing another crime novel. When it was ready I contacted her. Her response was that she wouldn't be representing any more of my books but that she still believed in the one she had and wanted to try a bit longer on selling it. I let it go for awhile and then made the decision that I should cut ties and move on as I wanted to get serious about getting published and I really thought my latest book was viable.
That's when I discovered/stumbled upon QueryTracker. Wow. Talk about a god-send! I immediately began using QueryTracker exclusively. I spent a year querying and got a number of agents requesting partials or fulls but in the end all passed. None had consistent critiques on why. Two offered to look at a re-write.
I wasn't letting the grass grow under my feet. I finished up this one and started querying. I got some immediate requests for partials and fulls. Sarah Heller, with the Helen Heller Literary Agency responded within a couple of days to my query for a full. I emailed it on a Friday. She called my home that Sunday but I missed the call. She called back Monday and we talked for nearly an hour. Bottom line is she liked my writing and my book and I liked her. I thought it over and got back with her and signed up.
Another thing I'd like to mention as I think it's worth noting: this is a Canadian agency. I had not queried Canadian agencies until now as I was under the impression most only worked with Canadians. Some do, but not this agency. In fact, most of their clients are U.S. authors. They have a 'recommended' listing on P&E and they are AAR members. My point is, don't ignore the Canadians if they cover your genre and don't specifically state they handle only Canadian writers.
Dear (Agent's Last Name):
A lone pilgrim to a mountaintop shrine stumbles upon a horrendous scene: a body crucified to a burning cross. The next morning the bullet-riddled bodies of Las Cruces Mayor Hugh Culberson and his wife are found burnt and smoldering in shallow graves outside of town. Then just as Sheriff Ethan Kane thinks matters can get no worse, the body of their lawyer son is found crumpled from an involuntary ten-story fall. Not since Pat Garrett’s storied pursuit of Billy the Kid, who fled the old jail after killing two deputies, has there been such bloody carnage.
Kane’s on a short leash–in two weeks he’s turning in his badge. He just lost the election and the new sheriff wants him gone yesterday. All of which has put him in a foul mood. He’s like one of the feral dogs that roam the desert: he’s not housebroken and you don’t want to corner him. The murders went down on his watch. And he’ll be damned if he’s just going to walk away.
Kane doggedly sets out in pursuit of the perps. But he may have bitten off more than he can chew. The deeper he digs, the more he stirs up. The murders stem from an intricate enterprise with a payout worth hundreds of millions; whose partners are as mean as junkyard dogs and ready to turn on anyone, including themselves, foolish enough to get in the way. When Kane gets too close the pack turns on him, culminating in a series of unexpected and ultimately tragic events–steeped in betrayal, money and murder. Where no one, including Kane, will escape unscathed
DESERT DOGS is an 89,000-word thriller that will entice those readers who enjoy the novels of Robert B. Parker (Jesse Stone), J.A. Jance (Brandon Walker), or C.J. Box (Joe Pickett).
My professional experience includes police reporter, The El Paso Times; Associate Editor, the Arizona Farmer/Ranchman magazine, Phoenix, AZ; Promotion/Public Service Director, KTSM-TV-AM/FM, El Paso, TX; Creative-Broadcast Director, copywriter, etc., at various advertising and public relations agencies in El Paso and Houston, TX. My essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s Texas Magazine. Short stories have been published in the literary magazine, The Kennesaw Review, and the genre magazines, Aphelion, and Dark Moon Rising.
A sample is pasted below. The full novel is ready for your request.