The wonderful (I just met her but now we’re besties) Carissa Taylor is hosting a summer critique blog hop where bloggers can sign up and get/give feedback on various query materials to get them ready for agents!
Here’s the query, feel free to be as brutal and honest as you’d like!
Eighteen-year-old Emma Poland is a theater school reject. Acting is her life, but her auditions couldn’t even land her a spot at one of her safety schools. The future careens toward her, empty and terrifying, and Emma cocoons herself in the fantasy TV drama, Phantasm. She slaves over her popular fan site, PhantasmObsession.com, and fantasizes about the show’s lead character, legendary ghost-hunter Pierce Stratford.
Then, she wins a walk-on role. Cue epic fangirl sigh. This Universe has given her a sign: she’s starring in her own romantic comedy and she’s finally coming out of her black moment. She’ll jet off to Vancouver for four days and wow Pierce Stratford (along with the director, cast, and crew). Variety headlines will buzz and every casting director will want her. Future = fixed.
Only, Emma’s heartfelt acting is met with a tepid reception and her attempts to catch Pierce’s eye quickly turn catastrophic. Maybe she’s further back in her own story than she thought. With her time on set running out, Emma will have to force her life to fit the romcom mold or she’ll spend the rest of her days in her childhood bedroom with only a Phantasm box set to keep her warm.
THE COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE OF EMMA POLAND is a YA contemporary romance, complete at 72,600 words.It’s Nurse Betty meets Mindy Kaling and would hopefully be enjoyed by anyone who watches (read: obsesses over) the TV show Supernatural.
I’ve had short stories and poetry published in various venues, including four poems in the YA literary magazine YARN, and my short story, “The Aviary,” in the YA anthology from Leap Books, BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT.
Thanks for your help, can’t wait to go through the blog hop and read others’ work! 🙂