Barbara Gordon reports that she has been offered representation after submitting the following query, put together after reading minions' critique and comments on (Face Lift 579) on this blog.
Fairy tales leave much unspoken. Would a mistreated orphan be beautiful and meek, or scrawny and stubborn? Those heroines wandering the forest, how did they survive? Did they know they were heroines, or did they doubt, and wonder if they would live to see a happy ending?
In THE WILLOW KNOT, a 105,000 word fantasy based on the Grimm tale "Brother and Sister" and set in the late 1700s German Small States, plain, hard-headed Mylla tries to protect her impulsive brother Tyl. It isn't easy, when their unloving aunt uses them as servants and taunts them with their father's execution for treason. To save Tyl from a cruel master, Mylla ignores stories of witches and wicked spells in the forest, and flees to it with her brother. But the tales are true, and when Tyl drinks from a bewitched stream, he becomes a deer--prey to any hunter. Mylla vows to restore him, but though she survives hunger, robbers, and wild beasts, she cannot free her brother. One sure remedy for a spell--kill the one who cast it. But who cast it, and why?
Young king Alard, guiltridden by the discovery of her father's innocence, finds Mylla and makes her his queen. At first grateful, Mylla sees that Alard's kingdom is beset by war without and conspiracy within. Fearful he will turn against her as her aunt did, she doesn't dare tell him the truth about her 'pet deer', or why she seeks out magic, risking accusations of witchcraft. But as she shares Alard's struggle to rule wisely and justly, a precarious love grows between them; so does the threat she poses to her father's enemies, for the one who cast the spell is closer to Mylla and more trusted by Alard than either can guess. Mylla must find the wisdom to rule a kingdom, the magic to unspell her brother, and the courage to trust her husband. But none of these are
easily earned, and her happy ending must be bought with a trial of fire that risks body and soul.
THE WILLOW KNOT is presently on the desk of --------------, acquisitions editor of -----------------, who requested it when I attended the ----------------------- My short story, " ______________, received an honourable mention in__________. I have other novels underway,including a modern YA fantasy about a no-longer-Chosen-One adjusting to life without a guiding Prophecy.
Thank you for your time and consideration.