Sample Query Letter
Rachael Grace's Desperate
Distractions will be available June 2001
from Time Warner Books' iPublish imprint
October 18, 1999
Barbara Collins Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Group
2800 Harlanwood Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109
The brief but very pleasant cab ride that
we shared in Chicago has snowballed into some wonderful experiences
for me. First, thank you so much for connecting me with Eloisa
James. That was incredibly kind of you. And I'm sure Dee Davis
explained how we met. It was such a great coincidence to find
out that she's one of your clients after I told her the story
of how Eloisa and I met through you.
I spoke with your husband last Friday,
and he suggested that I send you the enclosed synopsis and
the first three chapters of my completed manuscript. As I
mentioned in Chicago, I ran across the germ of the plot for
this manuscript while I was working on my PhD in medieval
and English Tudor/Stuart history.
Desperate Distractions is a single
title historical (115,000 words) set in the 1620s. It is the
story of a knight who has been betrayed by his previous wife.
In order to gain an heir, sight-unseen he contracts a marriage
with a woman famed for her piety. But he is maddened to discover
that she is a beauty as well. Because of the authority the
heroine has gained through her dedication to the Church, she
is quite strong willed and refuses to allow the hero's cynicism
to stand in the way of her determination to have a love match.
In addition, I have a proposal for a sequel
to Desperate Distractions and have begun working on
another manuscript set in the twelfth century. I would, of
course, be happy to share these with you as well.
Thanks so much for your time, and I look
forward to hearing from you.