Horniacek Query Letter – Second Draft

by newerawriters

Julia Horniacek
Edison, New Jersey 08817
732- 379 – 2778

Dear Ms. Sinsheimer,

I am proud to present to you my first completed novel, Attraction to Distraction, in order for the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency’s consideration. After reviewing your previously represented titles such as Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, I believe Attraction to Distraction could be of some interest to you.

Once fifteen-year-old Holly Carlyn instantaneously trips, falls, and stumbles again for Tom Madison during her freshman year of high school, the troubled underdog prevents her from focusing on, well, pretty much anything. Holly and Tom are worlds apart; she basks in the stereotypical high school fantasy of football games and teen romance while he struggles to pass his classes and keep a clean criminal record. Despite her best friends’ warnings and her own blossoming doubts, Holly is drawn to Tom from the start and sees the potential he has to achieve whatever it is he sets his mind to.

However, it does not take long for Holly to realize that struggling to make him realize this potential is the least of her worries when it comes to being with Tom. During one of their nightly phone conversations, Tom lets it slip that he’s good buddies with Rocco, the nightmare boy-next-door, who has ruthlessly bullied Holly for years. She knows that Rocco’s favorite activity is to make sure she is anything but happy, and it does not come as a surprise to her when Rocco’s influence causes Tom to call it quits. It does, however, come as a surprise when Tom makes an effort to continue a friendship with Holly weeks after their split. After back-and-forth cyber conversations and sporadic phone calls, Tom asks for Holly back once again, and we learn that Tom needs Holly in his life more than even he had not realized. First love is labeled “first” for a reason: are these moon-eyed, goosebump-triggering relationships meant to have second – even third – chances to get it right?

Attraction to Distraction is a contemporary YA romance complete at 58,000 words loosely based on my own first love story. It reads as a cross between Judy Blume’s Forever and the feel of a Sarah Dessen novel. The story is told from Holly’s perspective, closely following her character’s development as she learns that some love stories aren’t meant to end happily and, unfortunately, sometimes the ones you love are the hardest to save.

I was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey and graduated with a BA in English Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. I grew up with two much-older sisters constantly reading romances and mysteries, and I dreamed that someday my books would be on the shelves of older sisters everywhere.

The first ten pages of the manuscript are included in the body of this email. Thank you for your time and consideration!

Julia Horniacek