So, redrafting's going slooooowly (redrafting is awful, isn't it?), so I tried my hand at writing a query letter instead. What do you guys think? Dear ----------, When 16 year old Cassie ventures out of the outpost she calls home and into the ruined wastelands of Earth, she begins to unravel a global conspiracy - and her home is at the centre. Cassie is the lone, lonely teenager on the Twist; a vertical farm and research outpost working to restore the ruined Earth. When teenage bandits break in, Cassie seizes the opportunity and persuades them to show her their lives in the wastelands. Far from the savages they are made out to be, they are a close-knit commune of hardy scavengers and subsistence farmers. But why would someone be sent to burn their food stores? Why does the Twist sell its food to the cities, giving only processed scraps to the wastelanders they're supposed to be helping? And what is the link between the Twist and the shadowy Iceblade gang? Complete at 90,000 words, The Twist is a YA post-apocalyptic novel with themes of community and isolation. My short fiction has appeared in SpeckLit and the Londonist. I am a PhD candidate in politics, something which informs the themes and world in The Twist. I am currently working on Airborne Empire, a secondary world steampunk adventure novel drawing influences from the Napoleonic Wars and lost civilisations. Thank you for considering my work. I have included a stamped addressed envelope, and I look forward to hearing from you.