The Gold-Dig Variations

Here are some impromptu variations on my query letter, sent to agents with whom I have (fcvo) a preexisting relationship.

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Dear []:

Thanks for giving my last novel your attentions. I think I’ve written something that is a bit more up your alley. PUBLIC KEY is a commercial fiction targeted at college students and the recently graduated. The manuscript is complete and totals 104,000 words.

PUBLIC KEY is the story of a recent college graduate on the run from a good deed. He tried to help someone. Now there’s a price on his head. He must work to establish his innocence. He just has to make sure he isn’t caught before he does. All he has are his wits and his laptop. Fortunately he’s pretty good with both.

A technological thriller whose tech is never more than a download away, PUBLIC KEY is an adventure into kitchen-chemistry hacking and the kind of intrigue that the Wikileaks generation knows only too well. Thoroughly workshopped and carefully edited both by writers and hackers,

PUBLIC KEY strives to be to the iPhone what cyberpunk was to the mainframe and the mirrorshade. 

Thanks very much for your time and attention. Let me know if you’re interested in reading more.

Very Sincerely:

&c

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Dear [Neal Stephenson’s agent]:

Please consider my novel, PUBLIC KEY, for representation. It is a commercial fiction, an adventure for the WikiLeaks generation. The manuscript is complete and totals 104,000 words.

PUBLIC KEY is the story of a recent college graduate on the run from a good deed. He tried to help someone. Now there’s a price on his head. He must work to establish his innocence. He just has to make sure he isn’t caught before he does. All he has are his wits and his laptop. Fortunately he’s pretty good with both.

A novel for nerds who dream of adventure and adventurers who know that the future is in the hands of nerds, PUBLIC KEY follows in the footsteps of techsploration tales such as Neal Stephenson’s ZODIAC or Margaret Atwood’s ORYX AND CRAKE. Crossing the globe and the datasphere, it tries to show just how much a person can do when they have an internet connection – and nothing else.

I am a recent college graduate. While writing PUBLIC KEY I was as itinerant as my protagonist. Prior to that I edited both my college’s newspaper and literary magazine. My fiction blog has received over ten thousand unique visitors. This would be my first published novel.

Thank you very much for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Very Sincerely:

&c

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~ by davekov on 12 September 2011.

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