I'm participating in another one of Heather Webb's fabulous contests (more here), and this time it's all about crafting a great query letter! Whether you're participating in the contest or not, feel free to give it a read and let me know what you think...
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18-year-old Anne Marie is shipped off to Paris to live with her
grandmother, she plans to uncover the secrets surrounding her mother’s
death. In her pursuit of the truth, she stumbles across the diary of
Charlotte Corday, a French aristocrat entrenched in the politics of the
French Revolution and someone Anne's mother once considered a hero.
things start happening with the diary, causing Anne to time travel and
become Charlotte, a seemingly calm and unpretentious woman who is known
in history for having murdered Jean-Paul Marat.
two realities become increasingly intertwined. As Anne, her new friend
Pierre tries to bring her in touch with her mother's past, while dealing
with his own troubles that revolve around the riots ravaging Paris in
November 2005. As Charlotte, Anne struggles in deciding whether or not
to follow through with what Charlotte considered her destiny--killing
one man to save 100,000--or to follow her own path.
CHARLOTTE'S EYES is a 78,000 word YA historical fiction novel. I wrote a
version of this story for my Masters thesis at The University of
Chicago, where I also received an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Emerging
Writers Series for Fiction. It should appeal to fans of Jennifer
Donnelly's REVOLUTION and Laurie Halse Anderson's FEVER 1793.
Thank you for your consideration.