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Agent Query Letter Template: Contemporary Romance Authors

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If you’re writing contemporary romance novels and are thinking about trying to get an agent, then you’re likely thinking about how to write a query letter that will get you closer to that goal.

And just because this is a website about self-publishing, that doesn’t mean that we don’t love and respect those authors that want to go the traditional route! Many self-published authors also decide to give it a shot after releasing their own books at first.

So in the spirit of helping out all authors to achieve their goals, let’s go over some important tips for writing your query letter. Then, I’ll provide you with a template that you can modify and alter to your needs below.

What to Know About Querying as a Contemporary Romance Author

When writing a query letter to an agent as a contemporary romance author, it’s important to convey the unique aspects of your novel while also demonstrating its fit within the genre.

A well-crafted query letter should highlight the main romantic plot and the emotional journey of the characters. It needs to showcase the tension, chemistry, and emotional stakes that make your romance novel compelling.

One crucial element in a query letter is presenting your novel’s hook – this is the unique concept or exciting incident that will draw readers in. This should be included in the first paragraph of the letter and should be compelling and clear.

Contemporary romance is a broad genre, so make sure your hook highlights what makes your story stand out, whether it’s a unique setting, a new take on a beloved trope, or a particularly engaging character dynamic.

Since contemporary romance is character-driven, give a brief but clear depiction of your characters, focusing on the protagonists of your love story. Show the agent that your characters are engaging, relatable, and worth rooting for. This includes their strengths, weaknesses, and what’s at stake for them emotionally.

Also, the tone of your letter should match the tone of your book. If your book is humorous, include a bit of that humor in the letter. If it’s more dramatic or serious, your query should reflect that.

When referencing comparables, or “comps,” choose contemporary romance titles that have been successful in the past few years and share similarities with your novel. This will help the agent quickly understand your book’s potential market. Be sure, however, that the comps you choose align well with your work.

Finally, while your primary goal is to sell your novel, don’t forget to sell yourself too. If you have any relevant qualifications, writing accomplishments, or interesting personal details, do include them. Agents are not just investing in a book, they’re investing in an author, so give them a reason to invest in you.

Remember, every agent and agency might have different preferences and submission guidelines. Always research and respect these when sending in your query letter. A personalized, well-crafted, and respectful query letter can greatly increase your chances of getting a positive response.

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Query Letter Template

Please use this template however you like (for personal use only, of course – don’t sell it as a product!) Swap in the highlighted areas for your book’s own information.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, ZIP]
[Your Email]
[Today’s Date]

Dear [Agent’s Full Name],

I am seeking representation for my contemporary romance novel, “[Your Novel’s Title],” which is complete at [word count].

[Your Novel’s Title]” tells the story of [Brief introduction of your protagonist] who [describe the central conflict or challenge they face]. When [something changes or complicates the situation], they must [describe what they have to do or overcome]. This novel blends the emotional depth and modern realism of “[Comparable Book Title 1]” with the heartwarming charm of “[Comparable Book Title 2]“.

I am submitting to you because [mention why you chose this particular agent. Did you read an interview of theirs? Do they represent an author you admire? Show them you’ve done your research.]

I am a [mention any writing credentials you might have, if you have any. These could include writing degrees, publishing history, contest wins, etc.]

Per your guidelines, I have [included or attached any materials the agent requests in their submission guidelines. This might include a synopsis, the first three chapters of your manuscript, etc.]

Thank you for considering my submission. I look forward to the possibility of working with you.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

I hope that this template is helpful in crafting your perfect query letter! Keep in mind that above all, it is important to follow the rules and requirements of the agent or publisher that you are querying. If they have specific requests that override the format of this template, you should go with what they want instead.

I hope you are able to find all the success in the world with your publishing journey! If you’re interested in other publishing and writing guides, check out our collection of blog posts for lots of helpful information. See you again soon!

About Rebecca Wilson

About Rebecca Wilson

Writer, designer, and book coach Rebecca Wilson has been publishing a broad variety of creative books for more than half a decade. She combines her teaching background and publishing expertise at SelfPubMagic to share her love of bookmaking with other creatives.