QUESTION: I realize that you are not interested in fantasy but I value your prospective from Query Shark so much that I'd like to ask you a question. Your blog has been invaluable to me in drafting an appealing query letter but I'm getting stuck on how to categorize my work. The trouble I'm having is that I've written a graphic novel but instead of it being formatted like a comic book with panels, mine is more like a richly illustrated fairytale in the style of Hans Christian Anderson or Arthur Rackham. I've done the illustrations myself ( I graduated from college for fine art so please don't stop reading) and this format fits the story best, in my opinon at least.
So my question is that in my query can I still call my book a graphic novel? Will an agent or editor think that I'm a nut trying to pass off a really huge picture book or is there a better term I could use to describe it?
Here's a picture so that you can get a better sense of what I mean. I could send the query as well but I understand how indundated you are and I didn't want to take up more of your time.
ANSWER: You don't have a graphic novel. You have a novel in pictures like:
Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock (title recalled with the help of my twitter community!-thanks Nichole!)