Stephanie Boman (sboman on QT) has signed with agent Alyssa Reuben of Paradigm Agency.
It's a YA paranormal story about first romance, finding personal strength and overcoming OCD tendencies, freaky wraiths wreaking havoc, and friendships that extend beyond the grave.
It was based on a gushy story I wrote in H.S. and is set in my hometown. The paranormal part came to me when I was trying to find a twist to make it more than a love story.
Honestly, my best writing comes when I go away for the weekend and write/sleep/eat whenever it feels right, and not based on the needs of my family. That's how I've written the big chunks of my books and finished revisions.
Oh, and always include a sample chapter in the body of the email. If the agent is interested they can read on, if not, they don't have to, and if they're irritated by it, then you probably wouldn't want to work with them anyway.
And subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace. It is important to see if the agent has even sold in your genre. This is what made the final decision for me. Alyssa has two sales to big houses since Jan, the others I was considering hadn't sold in my genre in over a year. To me that was very telling. I know another author who's agonizing over a book that has been on submission to editors for over seven months, but a quick check shows that her agent has never sold her genre before, nor is his firm known for working with that genre. Any agent is *not* better than no agent at all.
I am hoping you will be interested in my YA paranormal titled FADING, complete at 56,000 words.
What would you do if you had to choose between your best friend and your first love? What if your best friend was dead?
Sixteen-year-old Lovey doesn't know why Celeste has come back as a spirit after being hit and killed by a car, she's just happy to have her BFF again, in whatever form. But a door has been left open to the spirit world, allowing evil wraiths to enter and torment the living. Adding to her turmoil, new guy Troy Armstrong seems to be interested in Lovey, but the closer she gets to him, the more Celeste begins to fade.
Lovey, whose OCD has gotten worse since the accident, has to make a choice, but it will take a strength she's never known before to overcome her guilt and insecurity. Can Lovey sacrifice the one thing that's ever given her a feeling of self-worth in order to set things right?
FADING has been well received on the HarperTeen website for teen literature, "inkpop". I know the opinion of random people doesn't mean a lot at this point, but you may want to check out the enthusiasm of my readers here. Recently, I was one of the top five finalists in a Querytracker.net agent submission contest. I have had a short story and poems published in the American River Literary Review. I have included the first chapter in the body of this email. Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!