Scott Tracey (Legionsynch on QT) has signed with agent Colleen Lindsay of .
I started a draft of what became my first novel in high school, but I didn't seriously start writing until a little less than a year ago. In that time, I wrote two novels. The first one didn't go anywhere, but it taught me quite a bit about not only writing, but about the publishing business.
Since I work full time, and my job can call for some very creative hours, I just try my best to write when I can. I'll write first thing in the morning, mid afternoon, or after midnight if I have to. If I can sit in front of the computer for two hours, then I'm going to at least make the effort to get some words in. I've found that knowing I'm running out of time before work is a huge motivator in getting some writing done.
I also read a lot of blogs, of authors who were writing urban fantasy, and not only researched who their agents were, but their stories. There are a handful of agents out there that get a crazy amount of press from their authors. The authors think they're amazing, and aren't shy about sharing that. I knew I wanted that kind of agent – someone that I could really look back and think "man, they're amazing!"
If I didn't know enough about the agent, I didn't personalize the query.
Other than that, polish your manuscript. I made sure my first five pages were the strongest I could make them. I don't know if it worked or not, but whether it was the first 3, the first 5, or the first 50 pages, I tried to make sure I ended somewhere on a cliffhanger (so the agent would want more), or a really great line (so that would be the last thing they'd remember about my story).
I am seeking representation for my YA urban fantasy novel, WITCH EYES (90,000 words). [[Personal reason for querying here.]] The novel follows Braden, a seventeen-year-old navigating sexual identity in a tale of magic, manipulation, and mean girls.
Braden is the only guy he knows that wears his sunglasses at night. He sees the world as it truly is – a bright and alien encyclopedia full of memories, pain, and darkness. Though this vision makes him a formidable witch who can unravel spells with a glance, see through lies, and occasionally glimpse the past, it's a gift tempered with pain and powerful migraines that worsen the longer he gives into them.
Hoping for a fresh start, Braden is lured to Springfield but finds trouble instead. A supernatural feud involving rival witch families divides the town, and each side hopes to use him to achieve a final, vicious victory. As the battle lines are drawn, his new friends are on opposite sides of the conflict, the guy he's fallen for is becoming his enemy, and tensions in town are escalating. If Braden can avoid becoming a sacrificial pawn, he might learn why he was born with the witch eyes, how to stop the feud, and find the normal life he was looking for.
I believe that Braden's struggle will appeal to fans of Perry Moore's Hero, as well as fans of Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters series.
If you would like to consider WITCH EYES, I'll happily forward the manuscript to you at your request. An outline for a potential sequel is also available.