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Dear Agent for a Day:
My young adult novel, “Quartz Sky,” has a word count of approximately 41,587.
I am a new author seeking representation, though I have been agented before. My relationship with my first agent has ended amicably: he is Gerald Abel, formerly a director of the trade division of Disney/Hyperion Books before he opened his own agency, and he has also been a consultant for Alloy Productions. He helped me greatly in developing “Quartz Sky,” but was not able to go forward with plans to submit the manuscript to several imprints, including Feiwel & Friends, this past spring, due to the increased demands of his consulting work. He felt that he would not be able to give “Quartz Sky” the attention it deserves and has released me from our representation agreement with his best wishes.
“Quartz Sky” has an interesting backstory: I originally set out to write and illustrate a picture book about a young boy who makes friends with a baby dinosaur. (My four-year-old son adores dinosaurs.) Once I began the writing portion of the project, though, it took on a life of its own—it turned into a novel about a teenaged boy who develops a unique time-traveling ability. No matter where his time-jumping adventures take him, he must deal with the problems of kids his age: insecurity, love, bullying, and finding the courage to defend the family and friends he loves. He learns very quickly that his abilities come with a price, and a sense of responsibility, too. The baby dinosaur is still part of the story, in addition to a fiesty, strong, female love interest.
The novel would particularly appeal to middle-age readers and young adults, but I believe adults may find interest in it, too.
May I send you a partial manuscript and synopsis of “Quartz Sky?” I look forward to your response.
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