If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query took them almost as long as drafting their book!
Some people have the talent of being able to summarize their book in a few sentences, but for those who don’t, I wanted to provide a resource so writers could learn what works, and what doesn’t, in a query.
With that in mind, I’m pleased to share today’s successful query from Dylann Crush. This great query connected her with her agent, Jessica Watterson.
Grad student Faith Wainwright is financing her education by writing erotic romance novels on the side. But with a successful Christian author for a mother and a famous televangelist for a stepfather, she’ll do anything to keep her pen name a secret.
Cocky bartender Dante Bishop is two semesters away from earning his MBA, and isn’t interested in anything more than the occasional one-night stand. With the exception of his spunky grandma, he hasn’t let a woman lay claim to his heart since his high school girlfriend cheated on him with his best friend.
After a series of unexpected encounters leaves Faith and Dante locking lips and breathless for more, they agree to a no-strings fling. She needs new material for her scorching sex scenes, and Dante’s never been one to deny a blistering booty call. Just as their sinfully sweet hookups develop into something more, Faith’s alter ego is exposed. And with it, Dante’s identity as the devilish hero of her next novel. Furious at Faith for using him in the name of research—and at himself for letting his heart get involved—Dante walks away. Now, Faith has two choices: deny the vixen he’s awakened inside and shut down her budding career or embrace her alter ego and fight like hell to win him back.
THE WRITE TYPE OF WRONG is an adult, contemporary romance with erotic elements. It has series potential and is complete at 78,000 words.
In THE WRITE TYPE OF WRONG, Faith writes erotic romance. To give her experience an, ahem, authentic feel to it, I had to do some internet research of my own. I’ve learned quite a bit during each manuscript I’ve written, but while working on THE WRITE TYPE OF WRONG I learned I need to clear my browsing history before letting my husband use my laptop or else I’ll have a lot of explaining to do.
Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota. Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids and a canine who doesn’t think he’s a dog. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila. You can find her at www.dylanncrush.com. Twitter: @DylannCrush Facebook: www.facebook.com/dylanncrush