Authors 18 – The Query That Landed My Agent


If you’re visiting this post, you probably got here from the Author 18 Twitter chat. We’re a group of authors across multiple genres who have a debut novel releasing in 2018. One of my favorite things to do is work with other authors ahead of me on this journey and give a leg up to the ones who are on my heels. On the off chance it might help some of you, here’s a copy of my query that landed me my incredible agent, Jessica Watterson at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. To make things more interesting, this isn’t the book that will debut next summer. This one is still out on submission. But that story is for another blog post…

Dear Ms. Watterson,

Thank you for favoriting my #PitMad tweet:

“Mom & Dad are Christian superstars. When Faith’s secret gig (erotic author) is exposed, she risks losing her family & her guy. #PitMad #R #A”

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.I’m an active member of the From the Heart online chapter and the Midwest Fiction Writers chapter of RWA. My short story “Love Under the Northern Lights” was published in October as part of the Romancing the Lakes of Minnesota winter anthology. I spent six years as a small business owner and look forward to applying the same level of tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit to my writing career.

I’ve included the synopsis and first fifteen pages. Thank you again for your interest and for considering my work. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Dylann Crush

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