My Query Letter

Dear _____,

You know how this goes: once in a while, you get bombarded with too much talk, too much information… too much noise. You feel overwhelmed. You want to make it stop.

Welcome to Alex’s world. He can’t stop it. He lives it 24/7.

Alex is an Asperger’s kid, one Weird Kids at Mason Middle School. He copes with overload by trying to make things normal. Then his world—our world—is inundated with all-new, all-digital, all-the-time entertainment on phones, tablets, computers, TVs, and the giant mega-screens on street corners and buildings everywhere. People become vacant-eyed junkies. They don’t care that it’s crap. They just wanna watch. Alex, his friend Sara, and others who are differently wired, are immune, but nothing is normal any more.

Sophie, the super-computer who’s created this media-saturated world, sees the millions and millions of eyes turned to her, and calls it love. Those who are immune or resist, who do not love her, are defectives who must be eliminated.

The Story Store runs approximately 53,000 words. Its market is similar to the following:

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline; The Maze Runner, by James Dashner; and Rogue, by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Nancy Paulsen Books.

I have too-many-to-count hours of television writing and story-editing credits, including X-Men, Spider-Man, She-Ra, Princess of Power, James Bond Jr, and a four-year gig on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as writer and editor on more episodes than you can swing a nunchaku at. A list of my credits is available at IMDB.com.

I’ve also co-written three non-fiction how-to books for kids: Internet for Kids; Make Your Own Web Page; and How to Find (Almost) Anything on the Internet, all published by Price/Stern/Sloan-Penguin. I am sole author of The Rosenberg Espionage Trial, in the Famous Trials series, published by Lucent Books.

I’ve been a panelist and guest speaker at numerous conferences. I maintain three websites: my blog at www.francismoss.com, wherein I talk about writing and rewriting The Story Store; www.cartoonscripts.com and www.ninjaturtlecollectibles.com, offering autographed and downloadable copies of scripts I’ve written and other tchotchkes; a Story Store page on Facebook. I am requesting comments and blurbs from authors. I am querying other agents.

Thank you for your consideration,

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