Writing a query letter is very challenging. It must be short and concise, and must pack a powerful punch - enough to make agents and publishers take interest. Recently, I had to send out a query letter to place my romance novel.
I thought I would share with my readers, my recent successful query letter. This letter garnered me two requests for the full manuscript and 3 contract offers. So I know I was on the right track somehow. I know it's not perfect, but it was successful. Here it is:
A lost ancient treasure. A 100 year family feud. A woman who must choose between two men: one bound by a dying wish, the other bound by desperation. And a passion richer than the bloodstone pendant she wears around her neck.
In medieval Italy, as spirited and stalwart as any man, the brazen Countess Morena is betrothed to the impoverished, black-hearted Count Ernesto; a man desperate to escape his mounting gambling debts by marrying her and laying claim to the ancient treasure secreted somewhere in the underbelly of her castle. Morena meets her match when Amoro, the handsome and brash heir to the Duchy of Genoa, swears an oath upon his father’s grave to claim her as his bride and end the feud between their families. Soon, Amoro’s virile charm awakens the passion in her steadfast heart. But a treacherous plot ensnares them; Ernesto abducts Morena and renders Amoro helpless. Embroiled in a life-and-death chase, Morena learns that not even the devious madness of her captor can destroy her love for Amoro as their hearts unite and their destinies become one.
The Pendant, a historical romance, gothic-style novel at approximately 92,000 words, is a tale of love that lights up the middle ages with fire and passion.
I’ve loved reading all genres of historical novels and dreamed of writing them since I was a young girl. I have published several short stories and one previous novel and have spent the last 8 years researching and writing several more novels in the medieval era. I believe The Pendant encompasses the mystery and suspense of a page-turning novel of romantic suspense.
Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you.