Pitching books for agents is a lot like querying books for authors. We all need to write something to capture someone’s attention. This is essentially the query letter, pitch letter or
At the request of readers, we’ll be doing a series of posts entitled How I Pitched. This will give you a peek at the agent’s pitch process, but also a sample of what are essentially query letters you can look at when writing your own.
The Secrets of Lost Stones
When I first read The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne I had a ton of thoughts, the first was that what she had pitched to me as a mystery was really women’s fiction. And while I wanted to represent the book, it also needed to be completely rewritten.
Melissa and I got on the phone. I explained my desire to work with her, but also what my expectations, thoughts, and revisions would be. We talked for an hour and a half. After much thought, Melissa signed and after a great deal of work we had a manuscript ready for submission.
I love this book and am so grateful that my vision for it matched Melissa’s and, eventually, an editor’s.
It is with great joy that I celebrate the release of The Secrets of Lost Stones by sharing my pitch.
I don’t believe we’ve met before, but Rachel Brooks and Jessica Alvarez both recommended you for my debut women’s fiction of magical realism. It’s a genre I have a special passion for and I am always excited to find an editor with similar interests. I’m excited to tell you about THE SECRETS OF LOST STONES by Melissa Payne. Loose Ends –unfinished business the dead leave behind
Jess Abbot has never recovered from the violent death of her son eight years ago. Desperate for a job and a home, Jess finds herself the caretaker for Lucy, the “witch” of Pine Lake, a small mountain town that just might provide the refuge she seeks.
Unwilling to believe that Lucy is really a witch, Jess will admit that the elderly woman certainly has her eccentricities, including an obsession with “loose ends.” When Lucy invites Star, a homeless girl, to live with them, claiming she, like Jess, is a loose end, strange things make Jess wonder what really goes on in Pine Lake.
Star is plagued by nightmares of a past she won’t talk about, while Jess is suddenly haunted by visions of her son. And when Jess discovers a hand-painted rock in Star’s room, one that once belonged to her dead son, she is forced to confront the loose ends she never saw coming.
I look forward to sending you this manuscript.