How an Author Found an Agent through a Query
Blogger: Rachel Kent
Part 2 of 3– Moonblood
Next up in my series of the journeys three of my clients went through to get published (and whose books released earlier this year) is Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s new release, Moonblood. This book is the third installment in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. The first book in the series, Heartless, won the 2011 Christy Award in the “Debut” category. Veiled Rose, book two in the series, is currently a finalist for the Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year.
Here’s the back cover copy for Moonblood:
Moonblood Draws Near, and Soon the Dragons Will Wake
Desperate to regain the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart reluctantly banishes his faithful servant and only friend, Rose Red. Now she is lost in the hidden realm of Arpiar, held captive by her evil goblin father, King Vahe.
Vowing to redeem himself, Lionheart plunges into the mysterious Goldstone Wood, seeking Rose Red. In strange other worlds, Lionheart must face a lyrical yet lethal tiger, a fallen unicorn, and a goblin horde on his quest to rescue the girl he betrayed.
With the Night of Moonblood fast approaching when King Vahe seeks to wake the Dragon’s sleeping children, Lionheart must discover whether or not his heart contains courage before it’s too late for Rose Red . . . and all those he loves.
I first met Anne Elisabeth through a query letter for Heartless almost exactly four years ago. I know many people wonder if query letters are even read by agents these days. Let Anne Elisabeth’s story encourage all of you who are in the midst of the query process. Your well-written query letter can lead to representation and publication!
I requested Heartless in April and read it by June. We sent an agency agreement to Anne Elisabeth in July 2008 after she made a few minor changes to the manuscript. Less than a year later, in March 2009, we had an offer from Bethany House for the three books in the series. Like I mentioned yesterday, please don’t let Anne Elisabeth’s fast track to publication be a discouragement to you. God knows what the perfect timing is for each author.
I believe that Anne Elisabeth’s ability to explain the world she created in the Goldstone Wood series helped her on her publication journey. She is able to talk and write about her vision for the entire series, even beyond the books that are contracted, and understands the pasts and futures for her characters. She also has a beautiful, unique writing style that she’s developed quickly.
Please feel free to connect with Anne Elisabeth on Facebook and her blog. She’s currently hosting a contest for autographed copies of Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood!
Do you have a good understanding of where your series is going before you write it?
How do you keep track of your character details?