This is the query which showed up in my agent's slush pile in February 2008. I signed with Barbara Poelle a few weeks later, she sold Drink It Bitter (later renamed to A Bad Day For Sorry) two months later, and we have been going strong ever since!
Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Dear Ms. Poelle:
I am seeking representation for my 75,000-word thriller, [A BAD DAY FOR SORRY].
Three years ago, rural Missouri housewife Stella Hardesty stopped her wife-beating husband in his tracks for good. After being acquitted of his murder, Stella launched a career helping other abused women put an end to their problems. When Stella's on the job, abusive husbands and boyfriends disappear—sometimes to the far side of town, and sometimes forever.
When young mother Chrissy Shaw asks Stella for help with her no-good husband, it seems like a straightforward case. Until Roy Dean Shaw disappears with Chrissy's two-year-old son from a previous relationship. Now Stella and Chrissy must battle two-bit crooks and deadly Kansas City mafia to get the boy back - all the while staying one step ahead of the law.
I have written professionally for ten years, publishing articles in computing, parenting, and women's magazines, and most recently working as a copywriter and editor for C&T Publishing. My short story "Anything for You" is a runner-up in the Crime Writers' Association's 2007 Fish-Knife Award. Other short stories will appear in upcoming issues of ThugLit and Pulp Pusher.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my work. My first ten pages and synopsis follow. Upon your request, I would be happy to provide the complete manuscript.