Friday, December 04, 2009

Success Story



Jeanne Tomlin reports that the following version of her query (discussed in Face-Lift 664) garnered a number of requests for full ms and that yesterday she signed with an agent:


Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James' blood-drenched homeland may still have one hope for freedom, the rightful king of the Scots, Robert Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.

Robert Bruce is soon a fugitive, king in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. Only James believes their cause is not lost. With driving determination, he blazes a path in blood and violence, in cunning and ruthlessness as he wages a guerrilla war to restore Scotland's freedom. James knows he risks sharing Wallace's fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.

THE BLACK DOUGLAS is a 95,000-word historical novel, which follows one of one of the heroes of the Scottish War of Independence. Sample pages are pasted below.
I am the author of A WARRIOR'S DUTY published in July 2009 by Swimming Kangaroo Books, and my flash story Guardian Demon appeared in the Editor Unleashed/Smashword Flash 40 Anthology. I also have a BA in English with a minor in history.

Upon your request, I am prepared to send a partial or the complete manuscript. Thank you for taking the time to consider representing my work.

15 comments:

150 said...

That's a win! Nice job!

Dave F. said...

Congratulations. One step closer to publication.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news! Excellent rewrite!

It's no wonder that query got lots of requests. And kudos that the followup writing matched the query's promise :o)

Robin S. said...

Congrats!!

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

Congratulations on your requests for full ms!!! Hard work pays off. I wonder if the part about "Sample pages below" helped too? I thought your final query was great, but if it was just so-so, would an agent take the time to at least read the first paragraph of a sample page? I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Can't wait to read the book!

Bernita said...

Lovely news!
Congratulations!
(A nice, tight query)

Roger Eschbacher said...

Very cool! Congratulations!

Sarah from Hawthorne said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news.

Taylor Taylor said...

I also can't wait to read it! Congratulations!

sylvia said...

Congratulations and well done!

vkw said...

Wonderful news! Fantastic. Congratulations. I can't wait to read it!

vkw

batgirl said...

Well done! Cheers and hurrah, and may sales follow swiftly!

dana p said...

Congratulations!

_*Rachel*_ said...

Wow! And please tell us when it's in print--I'm a sucker for Wallace, Bruce, & Co.