I’m messing around with my outline and pitch (query letter) for my NaNoWriMo novel this year, because 1) when I’m lost, I want stuff to go back to, as in “tell me why I’m doing this to myself again?” and 2) It takes me a loooong time to write pitches and queries, and I generally am not terribly good at it.
Here’s the current version:
Suki thought she knew her father better than anyone else in the world, better than her crazy mother, better than her best friend or the boy she’s been pretending to have a crush on. Her father always had time to listen to her. He always believed in her, even though she’s almost flunking out of high school. He told her to stand up for what she believes in, no matter what the cost.
Then, after he dies, she finds out that what he believed in made him steal a secret from the Death Goddess, starting a plague of insect-ridden zombies that could kill everyone in Japan. Suki tells her friends that she must call her father back from death in order to stop the plague, but she really just wants him back. At any cost.
Death Watch is a 75,000-word young adult novel that crosses the boundary between manga like Bleach and young adult urban fantasy authors like Holly Black.
What do you think?