Sample Query Letter
Dee Davis' Everything
In Its Time is a Jove book
November 8, 1998
Barbara Collins Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Group
2800 Harlanwood Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
Dear Ms. Collins Rosenberg:
I believe a writer in todays complex
market needs to have someone in his or her corner. I am querying
you for three reasons. You have been recommended to me by
two completely different sources. Your agencys name
has turned up in several respected RWA newsletters. And last,
but certainly not least, you have offices in Texas. Fort Worth
is a heck of a lot closer to Dallas than New York City.
Everything In Its Time is
a 96,000+ word time-travel romance set in the Highlands of
Katherine St. Claire has never forgotten
the passionate night she shared with a stranger while staying
at a castle hotel called Duncreag. He even haunts her dreams.
Tired of loving a "Fantasy Man", as her brother
Jeff refers to him, she decides to go back to Duncreag in
search, literally, of the man of her dreams.
Iain Mackintosh wears the cairngorm earring
of the only woman he will ever love. Eight long years ago
she came to him in the night like a vision. News of his fathers
death brings Iain home to Duncreag where he finds himself
questioning the circumstances surrounding his fathers
demise and wishing for the woman his cousin Ranald is convinced
is a fairy.
Iain and Katherine arrive at Duncreag each
longing to find the other. There is, however, a seemingly
insurmountable obstacle. A five hundred and thirty-year barrier
separates them. What follows is the story of a love so powerful
it crosses the boundaries of time. Complicated by murder and
abduction in the fifteenth century, their love will be tested
even after they finally reunite. Only Jeffs twentieth
century discovery of events from the past can save them.
With Jeffs help, Iain manages to
change history and save Katherine, but fate once more intervenes
to separate the lovers. Iain is forced to allow Jeff to take
Katherine back to the twentieth century where she wakes up
with no memory of him or the events that have transpired.
A chance encounter with a history book brings everything full
circle allowing the lovers to finally be together in the fifteenth
Everything In Its Time is
a first novel. The completed work contains twenty-seven chapters,
a prologue and an epilogue. It is a labor of love in tribute
to the writers who have filled my life with magic, starting
with Madeleine LEngle and Mary Stewart and continuing
on to authors like Diana Gabaldon and Leslie LaFoy.
In preparation for writing this book I
thoroughly researched the romance novel industry, including
reading several hundred romances of all genres over the last
year. In addition, I did extensive research into fifteenth
During a ten-year career in public relations
I designed and edited three newsletters (one award winning),
wrote television and radio commercials, wrote three award
winning PSAís and wrote multimedia presentations for several
large organizations. I have also written numerous brochures,
press releases and other business proposals. Many years ago,
I won the National Council of Teachers of English award for
excellence in writing.
In creating Duncreag and its neighboring
holding Tur nan Clach I have created characters that seem
now like old friends. With the last sentence of this book
completed, I find that I am eager to continue writing about
the Mackintoshes of Duncreag. You see, Iainís cousin Marjory
is being forced to marry a Cameron.
If you would like to read more about Katherine
and Iain, I would be delighted to send a detailed synopsis,
sample chapters, or the entire manuscript. I appreciate your
time and interest in my work and I look forward to hearing
from you. SASE enclosed.