Friday, December 21, 2012

Things that made me VERY happy in 2012 (start of a list!)

Remember this post on Query Shark?












Well, I just got the ARC for PREMEDITATED by Josin McQuein and I am so happy I can't see straight. Front cover:























And here's the back!
Proof positive that a great query letter serves you long after you win QueryShark, secure an agent and get a book deal. That's the back jacket copy that's getting everyone excited to read this book.

20 comments:

Tory Michaels said...

Oh yeah, I do remember that particular query. Gives me shivers just reading it. Awesome that they used it for the back cover blurb.

Glad to hear you're a happy shark today, ma'am. :)

Brenda Buchanan said...

Congratulations to Josin. Amazing cover on what is sure to be an amazing book.

Merry Christmas, Janet.

JeffO said...

That query was awesome. Should be a good one!

Lauren B. said...

Fantastic cover and pitch perfect...well...pitch ;) I'm not usually a big YA fan, so I'm always doubly impressed when someone entices me to read their YA novel.

Lanette said...

Congrats, Josin. When will it be released?

j welling said...

Wow. I'm blinded by the flash of brilliance.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

I remember when Josin was playing around with that query on AW and it was so mindblowing to stumble across it. A fantastic example of how you can establish so much of the character, conflict, and setting with only a few words.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Awe :-)

Thanks, Janet. Didn't the book turn out wonderfully? I love the way they did the back copy.

(@Lanette -- it comes out Oct '13)

Emily said...

That sounds fantastic! Any release date info yet?

ADominiqueSmith said...

Congrats to Josin. I have crossed Josin's path it writers forums and each time has been wonderful. The writing drew me in, kudos.

Steve Ulfelder said...

That's great news - congrats, Josin!

Girl Friday said...

Ah, this is awesome, I remember that query! Congrats all.

Carolyn said...

I remember it well! And I remember thinking, HOLY CATS THAT IS AMAZING.

Michael Seese said...

That IS a great query. You (Janet) were spot-on in your comment about the pacing.

I follow and enjoy Josin's blog. I'm glad her big day is imminent.

Terri Lynn Coop said...

GAH! ::thud:: I must read this book.

Um, *scuffs dirt* there hasn't been a flash fiction contest in a while.

Just sayin' *halo*

(Congrats Josin, this is made of win)

Terri

alexia said...

I remember that query! Awesome!

Ashley Whitt said...

I believe this is the most memorable letter to ever appear on QueryShark, despite breaking all the rules, and most likely because it broke all the rules.

Oddly, I've recently seen this cover somewhere, and I remember thinking it looks pretty cool. Now that I know of its connection to that legendary QL, I too must own this book.

Alex Newman said...

YESYESYESYESYESYES!

My cousin and I were hooked the first time we read the query.

Two copies mentally sold already.

Elisabeth Black said...

When your query letter makes it onto the cover of the book, you know you're doing something right!

theemptypen said...

I was just thinking of this query letter and wondering what happened to the author. Premeditated is now on my to-read list!