Queries are difficult to master. I decided to post my query as a sample. This is for my upcoming debut novel, LIBRARY JUMPERS (Month9Books 2014). It was bought in a three-book deal at auction. Queries, I find, work best when they are short and enticing. Here it is. I’ve participated in many contests and workshops to get this query right. I hope it gives you ideas on how to construct your query.
Sixteen-year-old Gia Kearns would rather spar with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather-clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum library, busts her staring at him while she’s studying with her friends.
When he suddenly disappears, Gia swipes the book of world libraries he abandoned. As she skims the pages, she unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his fellow Paladijns–magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books–rescue the three from a demonic hound.
Gia learns she’s a missing Paladijn and now that she’s been found, must train with an eccentric father she never knew existed. Gia and Arik commence a heated relationship as they jump into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries and travel to the Mistyk world hidden behind bookcases to stop an apocalyptic force from destroying both worlds. If fighting unfathomable creatures weren’t bad enough, Arik’s French vixen of an ex-girlfriend is hell-bent on keeping Arik and Gia apart, and a High Wizard’s hot son is determined to win Gia’s heart away from Arik.
Combining elements of fantasy and romance, LIBRARY JUMPERS, a young adult urban fantasy is complete at 93,000 words.
Thank you for your time and consideration.