To land that special editor or agent, it takes more than just an awesome manuscript. A winning synopsis and query letter are needed as well. Below are some links to synopses and query letters that have caught editors & agents’ attention and subsequently earned contracts.
Sample Selling Query letters
Kathleen Long — My wonderful critique partner sold her first book, GET BUNNY LOVE, to Kensington Publishers with this query, synopsis, and her brilliantly funny writing voice. GET BUNNY LOVE (March 2005) Read Query Letter
Dana Taylor — Dana sold her first manuscript, Ain’t Love Grand? to Echelon Press in 2004 and went on to sell her second manuscript to them as well. Read her query letter and you’ll discover she’s Definitely Dana! Read Query Letter
Sandy Blair — This 2003 Golden Heart winner has proved her worth with A Man in a Kilt, originally title THE BLACKSTONE DIARIES, her first manuscript which was released in 2005 by Kensington Publishers. Read Query Letter
Bella Andre — This American Title finalist landed her first single title deal (Pocket books) with a winning synopsis and great writing skills. Bella has several novellas with Ellora’s Cave and has also published a couple of nonfiction books on the music business. Read Query Letter
Sample Selling Synopses
Kathleen Long — As I mentioned in the query letter section, Kathleen is my wonderful critique partner and her first book, GET BUNNY LOVE, sold to Kensington Publishers with this synopsis, the query letter above, and her brilliantly funny writing voice. GET BUNNY LOVE (March 2005) Read synopsis
Tanya Michaels — This synopsis, without any accompanying pages or chapters, got Tanya her first contract. It’s true that when she wrote the final version of the book, some plot points changed and the time line was somewhat rearranged, but the tone of the story and Tanya’s characters’ goals, motivation and conflict remained the same from this outline to the book that RT gave 4 1/2 Stars. Tanya thinks it really helps give writers a guide map to write a synopsis BEFORE the book, so they understand where their characters are coming from, but they shouldn’t be afraid to deviate from the synopsis when the story calls for it. Read synopsis
Bronwyn Jameson — This 2 page series overview is what this fabulous author used to sell a trilogy of linked books to Silhouette Desire in 2004. The original proposal package also included a long synopsis and 3 chapters for book one and short synopses for books 2 & 3. Title Princes of the Outback, the trilogy represents Bronwyn’s 8th, 9th, and 10th sale to Desire. The books are scheduled for release in late 2005. THE RUGGED LONER (July 2005), THE RICH STRANGER (September 2005), THE RUTHLESS GROOM (November 2005) Read synopsis
Sandy Blair — This 2003 Golden Heart winner has proved her worth with A Man in a Kilt, originally title THE BLACKSTONE DIARIES, her first manuscript which was released in 2004 by Kensington Publishers. Read synopsis
Diane Perkins — BY HONOR BOUND sold to Warner Forever and was released as THE IMPROPER WIFE November 2004. This is the original synopsis of the book that is a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee for Best First Historical. Diane also writes historicals for Mills & Boon as Diane Gaston. Read synopsis
Writing Articles by Janice Lynn
Confessions of a Contest SI-Diva
As someone who has entered more than her share of contests, I’m often asked to give the lowdown on what I’ve learned. First off let me just say that everything I say is my personal experience and not necessarily what you or anyone else would experience…
Finaling in a Contest–How I do it?
Want to write a first chapter that finals in a writing contest? Well, I won’t lie and say it’s easy. It’s not. And although I’ve finaled in numerous contests, I don’t final in all the contests I enter, but I do usually score fairly high in most of them. How do I do it? And more importantly, how can you? Let me walk you through an entry and show you how I’ve done it so you can take those points and use them to do the same.
To Website or Not. Tis the question.
Most published authors would agree that they find their website a useful tool, but what about as an unpublished author, should you have one? This greatly depends upon whom you ask. This article is to review why I believe a website is beneficial regardless of your publishing status.
Andrei Claude Interview
For those of you who don’t know Andrei Claude – you should. This young man is worth keeping an eye on. Literally. Recently, I had the privilege of meeting Andrei at the Romantic Times convention in St. Louis, Missouri and teased him that he HAD to win the Mr. Romance competition so I could say I had lunch with Mr. Romance 2004. . .