My query for literary representation. Otherwise known as "Good god, that agent took one hell of a leap of faith"

I'm whipping up two PowerPoint workshops for the upcoming Florida Writers Association Conference next month and while working on my agent and mine's joint talk on "I've Got Your Back: The Agent/Author Relationship" I included a slide of my query letter. 

What the hell was I thinking?

I did my research on agents in 2010, I queried only my favorites and where I fit in the best (pop culture), and sent this piece of literary genius:


Meet My Character -- Clementine Sherwood and the Cabinet Seance

Welcome to Meet My Character! – the author blog tour where you get to learn something about a character in one of my latest or upcoming novels, as well as characters in books of other authors. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of characters but without the indigestion.

Thanks to Scott Browne, author of my favorite zombie novel Breathers, for the tagging. Please visit his blog to see what he's working on and load up on his novels.

I totally beat him

1.) What is the name of your character? 

Clementine Sherwood. 

2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person? 

She is fictional, but she interacts with some well-known spiritualists and charlatans. 

3.) When and where is the story set? 

1890s New York state.

4.) What should we know about him/her? 

She sees things. Terrible things. She's the real talent behind her brothers' magic act but keeps away from the spotlight. 

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up her life? 

Clementine has been singled out for her talents by a murderer who wants to change the past. If she's unable to fulfill her end of the deadly bargain, she's next. Detective Bennet Manning is enlisted to catch the murderer but he has his own secrets to hide. 


The Art of the Macabre -- Illustrations of Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination

I have a dark streak. No surprise to readers who have picked up one of my books or even more so in my short stories. As an avid reader of Poe's work, illustrations by Harry Clarke in Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1919) give me a delicious shiver. His use of white against the stark blackness of the page, nude bodies straining against the social mores of Edwardian society as much as the ribbons restraining them, and mouths open in muted screams make the stories more real -- more personal.