I am girding my loins, bracing for impact and ready to leap into the void...
That's right, I'm preparing to send out my query letters. I'm not going to lie, I'm rather excited, and deeply nervous. The familiar doubts are creeping in 'what if they don't like me', 'what if I'm not good enough'. I'm ignoring them.
However, I would be extremely appreciative if anyone could offer some thoughts on my query letter and synopsis? I can tell the doubts to sod off, but it would be reassuring to know that they aren't right, first. I'll never hear the end of it, otherwise.
Therefore, I present to you all...my covering letter (below) and synopsis (attached). Any thoughts, feedback etc would be very greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
I am writing to seek representation for my first novel, Reality Filter, a 90,500 word dark comic fantasy set in modern day West Yorkshire.
An assistant psychologist discovers that magic is real, which makes her job even more difficult. What makes it extra hard, is battling the same ancient darkness as one of her patients.
Kelly Donaldson leads a normal, sensible life. After losing several things that she has only just put down, she decides to investigate. She discovers that magic is real, and the world as we know it has been subject to a Reality Filter. Kelly has just smashed her own filter to bits and there is no going back. She can now see and hear things that are Really There, including three imps, who’ve decided to befriend her. This is extremely distracting, especially when she is trying to support people who see and hear things that AREN’T really there, or so she thinks.
Kelly’s discovery takes a dangerous turn when she learns that one of her patients is plagued by an ancient being made of shadow, and it is up to her to do something about it. She seeks help from imps and learns that she must risk everything to save her patients’ life; her job, her mental health, and her sensible life.
I am in my mid-thirties, living in Yorkshire with my husband and three cats, and whilst I’ve been writing all my life, this is my first novel. I look forward to writing more in this series.
I have worked in advertising, forensic and acute mental health services, and currently work as an investigator in a major crime unit for the police. My experiences in these roles have taught me that truth really is stranger than fiction, and have inspired me to write this novel.
Please find attached my opening three paragraphs and synopsis of Reality Filter. I hope you enjoy the opening chapters, and I look forward to hearing from you.