Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--Trailer, Author Interview, Query Letter!!

Sound awesome right? I haven't read it yet. Actually, I read the author interview and query letter before even realizing that this was the book that she was talking about!! I think it's awesome when writers are so open about their writing journeys... I think they realize that aspiring novelists want all the juicy details, a tiny shred of hope to hold onto as they get their 100th rejection letter or shelve their last book. Persevere!  Keep writing!

Check out the query letter:

"Seventeen-year-old Amy has no desire to become one of the first colonists on a new planet--but her parents do. So she agrees to be cryogenically frozen for the journey, even if it means giving up the life she loves on Earth.

Much later, Elder--part of the generations of workers born on the ship--begins his training as the future commander. He has no idea of the cargo of cryogenically frozen people hidden beneath his feet.
Then Amy wakes up fifty years early.

Amy must now adjust to life without her still-frozen parents on board a space ship that is vastly different from her home on Earth. Trapped by both the metal walls of the ship and the lies that keep it running, Amy discovers her cryo chamber hadn't malfunctioned--someone had tried to kill her. As more and more helplessly frozen victims are unplugged, Amy combines her knowledge of the past with Elder's knowledge of the ship to find and stop the murderer...before Amy's parents are the next victims.

Complete at 80,000 words, LONG WAY HOME is science fiction for teens who don't like science fiction. The character-driven plot with a focus on mystery, secrets, and an unreliable narrator will appeal to fans of Mary Pearson's THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, and the contained mystery may attract older readers of Jeanne du Prau's CITY OF EMBER.

I am currently a high school world literature teacher and an active member of SCBWI, having been published in and working as the copy editor of the state SCBWI magazine. Additionally, I run a blog on writing for MG and YA audiences (bethrevis.blogspot.com) which has over 300 subscribers and an active community of authors and readers who share in blog tours, book reviews, and author interviews. I can be found online atbethrevis.com or [email].

I am prepared to submit the entire manuscript upon your request. Thank you for your time and consideration with this project. Below are the first five pages as a sample of my writing.
Beth Revis"

Cool, yes? Have you come across some AWESOME query letters? Or a query letter from a successful writer? Read the interview with Beth Revis here.

Here is a video of the Revis talking about ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.


  1. Huh. Very interesting. I'm actually reading Across the Universe right now.

  2. Wow, very cool. The book sounds interesting, plus its always good, I think, for aspiring writers to get a look at actual query letters and see whats up.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  3. I think it's great too (when authors share their journey). I just read the book and the first chapter is one of the best I've ever read.


  4. Exactly! I have to get my hands on it and read it. I LOVE reading query letters. They inspire me; they make me realize that there are people emerging from slush piles. I'm going to post more query letters soon. I've found quite a few =)

  5. Awesome query letter! It's really helpful to read query letters that worked. After reading your post about the book, I had to download the audiobook of it last night. I've been listening to it today, and it's amazing. It's been so hard to stop listening, and don't think I can wait for the drive to work to hear what happens next :)