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Someone asked me if I mentioned that SHIVER was a dual narrative when I pitched it to agents, and as I was about to answer her, I thought, you know what, in full disclosure, I will post the query that landed me my agent. For better or for worse, here it is:

Dear Ms. Rennert,

I’m looking for representation for the sequels to my currently under-contract YA urban fantasy novel, LAMENT. LAMENT (Flux 2008) is frontlisting Flux’s fall selections and my editor, Andrew, is extremely enthusiastic about it. In it, a painfully shy girl’s suburban life is rocked by a mysterious and fascinating boy who seems to know everything about her — sucks that he’s a soulless fairy assassin. After I turned in the finished manuscript, Andrew called me and we had the following conversation:

ANDREW: It has become painfully obvious to me that I should’ve signed you to a multi-book deal.
ME: Uh, yeah.
ANDREW: It’s also become painfully obvious to me that you need to write another book with these same characters in it. And I want it. Now!
ME: You’ll have to beg for it in March, I’m afraid.
ANDREW: I know. You’ll enjoy the begging.


Andrew’s since asked for me to submit a story arc for two other novels around March, and frankly, the idea of committing to that sort of deal without an agent scares the snot out of me. Moreover, I am nearly finished with another YA novel (paranormal romance/ urban fantasy), Still Wolf Watching, about a werewolf that changes with the seasons and the girl who loves him. I’d love to have representation for that when it’s complete as well.

When I’m not writing, I’m an internationally-collected professional artist used to self-promotion. My humorous art and writing blog is pretty well-read — it had about 60,000 hits in 2007.

I would love to work with you; I hope you’ll consider reading either LAMENT or Still Wolf Watching. Thanks so much for your time.

Regards.

Maggie Stiefvater

So there it is. STILL WOLF WATCHING = SHIVER, obviously.

I don’t know if that’s helpful to anybody. It doesn’t look particularly helpful. But now it’s out there.

Maggie Stiefvater
Hi, I'm Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night. I live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I’m the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES.

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