QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: PLAY CHESS, NOT CHECKERS vs. ONE-HANDED WONDER

Title: The Chess Girl Entry Nickname: Play Chess Not Checkers Word count: 66K Genre: MG Historical Fiction Query:  To win her family’s freedom, Ruchel must play the greatest chess match ever. As World War 1 begins, 7 year old Ruchel’s father is forced into the Austrian Army just before the Russian Army invades her border […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: TO BE A MAN vs. ESCAPE THE FATE

Title: THE EVENTIDE Entry Nickname: TO BE A MAN Word count: 97,000 Genre: YA Fantasy Query: Val has studied, fought, and completed her sailing expedition—faster than anyone else—to become chieftess of her tribe. Returning home, she discovers her twin brother has been kidnapped by the foreign conquerors of Airylle and if she doesn’t find him […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: CRYPTOPOLIS vs. CEMENT GARGLING 101

Title: Catacomb Saints Entry Nickname: Cryptopolis  Word count: 80,000 Genre: YA Fantasy Query:  For sixteen-year-old Davi, the darkness has never mattered. A petty pickpocket by night and a worthless burden on society by day, she has only ever wanted to be left alone to live what little life society affords castoffs like her. Trouble is, […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: MY BOYFRIEND RIGGED THE LOTTERY vs. HOT SAUCE IS BAD FOR WOUND CARE

Title: Windfall Nickname: My Boyfriend Rigged The Lottery Word Count: 83,000 Genre: YA Contemporary Suspense Query: In Marina’s culture, dumplings are thought to bring wealth and good fortune to anyone who eats them. But she’s been eating dumplings her whole life and good fortune remains as elusive as a good boyfriend. She’s a Chinese-American piano […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: SAMBA AND SURRENDER vs. WHAT’S LUCK GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Title: RADIANT CITY Entry Nickname: Samba and Surrender Word count: 100K Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance with Erotic Elements Query: Brazilian federal enforcer, Ana Mendes, doesn’t have the heart—or the time—for relationships. After losing her father at a young age and watching the world crash down around her because of the Radiant virus, she’s devoted her […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: AND I FEEL FINE

The first entry in this match-up has been withdrawn due to an agent offer. Congratulations to “And I Feel Fine,” who automatically advances to Round 3. Judges, please leave feedback on this entry but do not cast a vote. Ok, well, you can vote, but it won’t count. 🙂 Title: Starborn Entry Nickname: And I […]

Query Kombat 2016 Round 2 Matchups

The agent/editor round was a HUGE success this year. A total of 147 requests were made, with two entries tied for the most requests at 11 each. Below you will find Round 2 match-ups. Since TWO entries received an offer of representation before and during the agent round, we have 30 entries going into the second round […]

THE QUERY KOMBAT AGENT ROUND IS HERE!

Here we go! The agent round! Before you dive in, please – agents and entrants – read this post! Agents, entrants are spread out over all three blogs. You can also find them at Michelle’s blog and Mike’s blog. Blog assignment does not necessarily indicate who picked them. Agents will request by saying, “I want to see more […]

QK AGENT ROUND: 1. Madam Butterfly, Contemporary Romance

Title: The Absence of Butterflies Entry Nickname: Madam Butterfly Word count: 80,000 Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Query:   Will Kavanagh is the only one who knows the truth about the drug overdose that killed Christy Talbot. Not that he’s telling. The world famous actress may have starred in the film adaption of his novel, but […]

QK AGENT ROUND: 2. Irish in America, Adult historical romance

Title: Donovan Entry Nickname: Irish in America Word Count: 100,000 Genre: Adult Historical Romance Query: When Jesse Travers’ father and brother die, they leave her with two things: a crumbling ranch and a deep well of distrust. Shunned by the village for her outlaw brother’s deeds, Jesse is not sorry to hear he’s been killed […]

QK Agent Round: 3. The Ghost and Ms. Clair, Adult mystery

Title: Donn’s Hill Entry Nickname: The Ghost and Ms. Clair Word count: 83K Genre: Paranormal Mystery Query:  Mackenzie Clair knew her life would change when her father died, but she wasn’t expecting the grief to give her the ability to talk to the dead, or to end up chasing a murderer through the most haunted town […]