Another author pops into the blogosphere with a public query letter. This time it's my blogging pal Kameron Hurley, who shares her wonderful query letter for her forthcoming book God's War (and two sequels), a query that helped her land a relationship with her current agent extraordinaire, Jennifer Jackson. Jennifer then turned around and sold God's War + the sequels to Juliet Ulman at Bantam. (By the way, you can read Jennifer's comments on Kameron's query letter here. Interesting stuff.)
I read an early draft of God's War about two years ago and lemme tell ya, Kameron can write circles around most people. Her ideas are wholly unique, free from the tropes and cliches that bog down the work of most new writers. Indeed, I think she's invented a whole new kind of SF/F punk writing: sand punk. (She likes to think of it as bug punk, but really, it's all about the sand, man!) Think of it as steam punk but in a desert setting, with insect-based technology instead of thaumaturgy and alchemy. (And, much to my happiness, the book is entirely devoid of wizards and elves.)
Seriously, if this is the first time you've heard of her, make a note: Kameron Hurley is going places, and, yeah, her book is just that good.
* Kameron also keeps a pretty wonderful blog that is always interesting, except when she's talking about My Little Pony, and then it just veers into scary.