Tuesday, August 14, 2012


WriteOnCon is an online writing convention, and it allows you to post a query letter or story excerpt.  Professional editors and agents will troll the site in the next few days, and they may reach out to people whose posts they like. 

Below is a query letter I posted.  Please feel free to give any honest comments about. 

Dear ______:

I would be delighted to have you represent my humorous urban fantasy, HOMESCHOOLING SLAYER.

Yes, it’s a bother for Dee Siegfried to kill vampires when they interrupt her kids’ math lessons, but it’s murder keeping the house neat after torching a dead one with a road flare.  Dee wants to deny that the zombie-like vampires she kills are real people, but when a series of tattoos and spoken words show signs of their intelligence, it may weaken her resolve to fight these things.  And Dee’s husband is finding it more difficult to comfort her in her frumpy clothes—no bare midriff for Dee when attacking things with fangs and claws! 

Now she’ll need to make some bold moves to find the source of the vampires, but will Dee falter at a crucial moment with these new attacks? On top of all this, her brother reveals her slayage to a college friend—a pale friend with dark hair, but what does he care about stereotypes? 

A blend of comedy, horror, and action, HOMESCHOOLING SLAYER stands out from other vampire novels by showing the lighter side of urban fantasy. The closest comparison in the field is Gini Koch’s Touched by an Alien with its wacky alien situations. 

The manuscript is complete, and the word count is 86,170. I have had a short story published in the STRANGE NEW WORLDS V anthology, and you can read the first few pages using Amazon’s Search Inside feature, starting on page 33. Also, my blog is at http://suburbanfantasy.blogspot.com/

Thank you for this opportunity.

And a tip of the hat to Jess, who alerted me and others to this opportunity. 

1 comment:

Jess said...

Mark, this sounds hilarious!


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