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by katbrauer
September 7th, 2010, 9:56 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: The Water in the River REVISED
Replies: 8
Views: 1545

Re: Query: The Water in the River REVISED

If it helps--though of course you can write a query however you darn well please--romance queries are usually written with a focus on the hero and heroine. They go something like this: HEROINE'S PARAGRAPH: Her life. Her motivations. And then BAM, instigating circumstances that lead to... HERO'S PARA...
by katbrauer
September 7th, 2010, 9:41 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forty Winks - YA paranormal adventure
Replies: 12
Views: 2582

Re: Forty Winks - YA paranormal adventure

Gabriel Aisling will do anything to protect his little sister, even from her sleep. She suffers from night terrors, a childhood disorder causing intense nightmares. When the night terrors put her in a coma, Gabe must use his unique ability to enter dreams to save her. I read your explanation of thi...
by katbrauer
September 7th, 2010, 9:28 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Crit partner needed for YA Dystopian
Replies: 1
Views: 983

Crit partner needed for YA Dystopian

And also any other things I may come up with in the future. I'm looking for someone who wants to work beyond one particular project, i.e., someone who would like to become a friend in addition to a crit partner :). Also, this particular project still needs to get to Second Draft Stage, so I have rou...
by katbrauer
July 17th, 2010, 11:39 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Mouths - YA Fantasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: Mouths - YA Fantasy

Just a note to the above. Iolanthe (yes that starts with an I not a lower-case L) is the title character of a second-tier Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. (She's actually a fairy.) Not too many people are going to get the reference, but that's not the point. (Appropos of nothing: By far my favorite c...
by katbrauer
July 16th, 2010, 9:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Mouths - YA Fantasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: Mouths - YA Fantasy

THIRD VERSION IN A POST ON THE SECOND PAGE Some clarifying notes: 1. I've split the POV in this book relatively equally between Derek, Vidar, and Io--so there is no one main character. But I chose to make the query in Io's voice because we learn the most about her character in this book. (The follo...
by katbrauer
July 16th, 2010, 5:45 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Mouths - YA Fantasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Mouths - YA Fantasy

THIRD VERSION IN A NEW POST BELOW! Pretty sure this is waaaaay too wordy. Tear it apart, please. Please please please. --- Dear AGENT OF AWESOME, The field trip to America’s Stonehenge should have been enjoyable. Except Iolanthe’s scholarly buzz dissipates with every I’m-better-than-you vibe that e...
by katbrauer
July 16th, 2010, 5:10 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Alamandine's Song Query
Replies: 22
Views: 3245

Re: Alamandine's Song Query

It's long, but Let me know what you think! To say that Alamandine “Mandi” Croach takes life as it comes would be an understatement. She chose her college because that was where her father taught before he died. Her mother left her a jewelry store, so that is where she works. She accepts the existen...
by katbrauer
July 14th, 2010, 7:58 am
Forum: Books
Topic: PREDICT THE NEXT BIG YA GENRE
Replies: 61
Views: 15142

Re: PREDICT THE NEXT BIG YA GENRE

I'm pretty sure the teen guys' fantasy is beer. What if it's beer served by edgy mermaids? My YA readings are fairly concentrated on fantasy and sci-fi/dystopian, but I think that there might be more steampunk, which could be cool. Also, at some point the market might turn to be more dude-centric. ...
by katbrauer
July 14th, 2010, 7:43 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Prologue to TIMELESS (YA Paranormal Romance)
Replies: 10
Views: 1827

Re: Prologue to TIMELESS (YA Paranormal Romance)

Nothing good could come of burying my parents. Or so I thought. My thirteen-year old sister, Anna, clung to my arm. The black lace of her glove was already soaked (I don't think that it's easy to tell when black is soaked, especially black lace. Maybe her hair instead?) , whether by tears or by the...
by katbrauer
July 12th, 2010, 8:11 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Stalked - Query take 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1729

Re: The Stalked - Query take 1

Sixteen-year-old Alex Deriver expects to hate everything about his new home in Moscow. But that's before he meets a beautiful girl named Anya singing in his backyard. She's beautiful and h H er innocence is completely irresistible. (I find the phrasing in this a little... creepy. Is Alex supposed t...
by katbrauer
July 12th, 2010, 7:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: TRINITY, an urban fantasy query
Replies: 30
Views: 5378

Re: TRINITY, an urban fantasy query

Bioengineer Gabriel Clarkson is a cappuccino addict and self-declared workaholic. Armed with nothing but sarcasm and tenacity, he's spent the last five years in his Vermont lab trying to cure cancer. A breakthrough earns him a fifteen million dollar grant, thus securing not only his research's futu...
by katbrauer
July 12th, 2010, 7:22 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: I'm A Nobody, newest on page four
Replies: 34
Views: 5654

Re: I'm A Nobody, YA Fantasy (2nd draft on page 2)

Dominic Taylor is able to do strange things, such as opening locked doors and passing by security cameras undetected. He’s never been able to explain his powers. When he discovers that one of his classmates, Jennifer, has these powers too, he follows her, hoping to find some answers. She leads him ...
by katbrauer
July 12th, 2010, 6:04 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Beta needed for Japanese fantasy--will return the favor
Replies: 1
Views: 1120

Re: Beta needed for Japanese fantasy--will return the favor

Not sure if you've already found a critter, but I'd be game if you haven't. I also live in Japan, so maybe that'll help? However, I definitely don't live in medieval Japan!

Let me know. :)
by katbrauer
July 12th, 2010, 6:01 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: TRINITY, an urban fantasy query
Replies: 30
Views: 5378

Re: TRINITY, an urban fantasy query

Bioengineer Gabriel Clarkson is a cappuccino addict and self-declared workaholic. Armed with nothing but sarcasm and tenacity, he has spent the last five years in his Vermont lab trying to cure cancer. All the late nights finally pay off: he's awarded a fifteen million dollar grant from an anonymou...
by katbrauer
July 12th, 2010, 5:27 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: I'm A Nobody, newest on page four
Replies: 34
Views: 5654

Re: I'm A Nobody, YA Fantasy (2nd draft on page 2)

Dominic Taylor is able to do strange things, such as opening locked doors and passing by security cameras undetected. He’s never been able to explain his powers. When he discovers that one of his classmates, Jennifer, has these powers too, he follows her through a door to a new world. I really like...