Hi friends.  I recently made a remark online about the success of the standard query letter I started using in the second half of this year and was asked by a fellow author to share a few tips on what I wrote.  To be honest, I really don’t consider myself an expert on writing queries because each one depends on the author, their writing, and the guidelines set for individual submission. For me, I will say that I did gain a hand-full of requests to read my full manuscript from this standard query and I am happy to share it with you.  Happy writing!

Note: The book cover photo is used simply for this post, not the actual query.


Subject Line:  Query – “Secrets & Lies”– Multicultural Romantic Drama (New Adult Mix)

Dear (Agent by Name),

Greetings.  My name is Tracy James Jones and I am an independent author, blogger, book reviewer from Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas.  I am writing to request permission to submit my 60,000 word, multicultural, romantic drama novel, “Secrets & Lies,” for possible representation.

 “Sometimes a need for keeping secrets…

Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”

Secrets & Lies  “Secrets & Lies” is an uncensored, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters and their desperate struggles to survive in the shadows of life-altering secrets and lies. At the heart of the story is a beautiful transgender woman who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that will change their lives forever…

“Secrets & Lies” is the first in a 3-book series and was recently nominated for the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Award in the “Best Chick Lit/Women’s Literature” category.  Though it did not make the finals, I was very grateful for the nomination by my peers.   In addition to working on the Secrets series, my entertainment portfolio also includes four published novels, two original screenplay projects, and a collection of short stories.   One of my short stories, “The Crush,” was selected to be featured on the Huffington Post and has recently been requested by the International Baccalaureate Organization to use in their world-wide middle years education program for language and literature teacher support material.

In closing, I sincerely hope that my work is up to the standards of what you represent. In appreciation for your time spent reviewing my query, I thank you. I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience.


Tracy James Jones

Tracyjamesjones (at) gmail (dot) com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Hatchiekid

Blog: https://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com/