Last night, I heard Gail Carriger speak at Powell’s. She was there promoting her most recent novel BLAMELESS. I haven’t read BLAMELESS yet, but I did enjoy reading SOULLESS and CHANGELESS, and I’m looking forward to reading BLAMELESS soon.
I originally heard about SOULLESS on Pub Rants. Carriger’s agent is Kristin Nelson, the fabulous blogging agent. In one of Kristin’s query letter does and don’ts posts, she used the original query letter for SOULLESS as an example of a good query letter. And you know what, she was right.
After reading the query letter for SOULLESS, I totally wanted to read the book. Like I immediate did some research on when the book would be coming out and marked my calendar to buy it ASAP. And SOULLESS didn’t disappoint. It’s a great book, with a unique plot and a great voice. And all of that is in the query.
Since I’m still pre-published, I can’t claim to know anything about how to write a great query. But Gail Carriger did write a great book. And if you need more persuading, just check out her query letter here.