I bring this up because I do believe many authors out there truly believe they write one query letter, slap their partial and synopsis to it and start sending it out to all of the agents and editors out there. The problem with this approach is the lack of sense of marketing. Not all query letters are alike, and what you put in those query letters will depend on each person.
Now I understand that many of you think you are doing this.
- Of course I address the letter differently.
- Of course my salutation is different.
- Of course, if this is a request, I will say so
- Of course, if I met them at a conference...
Powerful, passionate and provocative contemporary romances set against a backdrop of wealth, privilege and glamour
- Intense, dramatic storylines with a highly sensual, passionate feel
- Classic romance hooks mixed with juicy, unique elements
- High-stakes conflicts (emotional and/or external) drive the plot
- Every story includes the sense of a bigger world—extended families, corporations, brotherhoods, best friends, partners, secret societies
- Stories are primarily set in North America but can be set elsewhere; they should not feel exotic. The author's voice sets the tone for each story
- Sexual language is euphemistic and romantic, not explicit
- The reader should feel swept away from the everyday
- Characters should have believable, sympathetic motivations
- An emotional payoff befitting a powerful, passionate and provocative read
- No paranormal or romantic suspense stories; no sheikh or royalty stories at this time
- 50,000 words in length
- Being more than a one-hit wonder
- Probably having more than one story written for this given line (or at least well planned)
- Prepared to write 3-4 stories a year
- Ready to be professional
- Having a strong sense of the business.