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Successful Queries
This is a database of successful queries* for novels
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*Currently this list contains only queries that led to an offer of rep by a literary agent.
Visit: http://carissa-taylor.blogspot.com for the original post and analysis
If you have questions, feel free to @ me on Twitter: @CarissaATaylor :)
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Age CategoryGenreSubgenre / ThemeClassificationTitleAuthorWord CountAgentYear AgentedQuery LinkRequest Rate (%)Opener: Logline, Tagline, or No?Pitch Word Count# of Pitch Para- graphs# POVs (In query)Last Line: Ominous vs. SpecificPersonal- izationCompsThemesOwnVoices MentionAuthor BioAgent Commentary on the Query?Link 1Link 2Link 3
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AdultContemporaryContemporaryCommercial
People Who Knew Me
Kim Hoopernd
Andrea Somberg
0
http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2016/05/the-secret-to-writing-a-successful-query-letter/
ndNo12811
Specific - Must or Else
ndNoNoNo
Degree & Short Stories
Yes
http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2016/05/the-secret-to-writing-a-successful-query-letter/
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercialndIan BarnesndMatt Bialer2017
https://imbarnes.com/2018/07/23/lets-summon-demons-because-thats-easier-than-query-writing/
ndNo27931
Specific - Must or Else
ndndndndndNo
https://imbarnes.com/2018/07/23/lets-summon-demons-because-thats-easier-than-query-writing/
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercialThe Color EaterJessica Conoly76,000Lucy Cleland2017
https://querytracker.net/success/jessica_conoley.php
ndNo22021
Ominous - Fight to Save all
NoNoThemesNopubbedNo
https://querytracker.net/success/jessica_conoley.php
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AdultFantasyHigh FantasyCommercialThe Poppy WarRebecca Kuang138,000
Hannah Bowman
2016
https://rfkuang.com/2018/04/05/how-i-got-my-agent-the-query-letter/
ndNo14231
Specific - Choice
AfterNoThemesNo
Studying subject matter
No (but author comments)
https://rfkuang.com/2018/04/05/how-i-got-my-agent-the-query-letter/
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AdultFantasyHigh FantasyCommercial
Mad Queen's Chess
Rae Chang99,000Mandy Hubbard2016
https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/quite-the-query-with-rae-chang-and-mad-queens-chess/
ndNo21631OminousndCompsndndndNohttps://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/quite-the-query-with-rae-chang-and-mad-queens-chess/
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AdultFantasyHistoricalCommercialWitchmarkCL Polknd
Caitlin MacDonald
2016
https://www.reddit.com/r/PubTips/comments/6slgyd/pubtip_agented_authors_post_successful_queries/dldtble/
ndNo12421
Specific - choice
BeforeCompsNondndNohttps://www.reddit.com/r/PubTips/comments/6slgyd/pubtip_agented_authors_post_successful_queries/dldtble/
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AdultFantasyHistoricalCommercialThe Vessel of Ra
Catherine Schaff-Stump
72,000Mary C. Moore2016
https://querytracker.net/success/catherine_schaff-stump.php
ndNo15842Humor
Sometimes
CompsNoNopubbedNohttps://querytracker.net/success/catherine_schaff-stump.php
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AdultFantasyMythpunkLiterary
All of Us With Wings
Michelle Ruiz Keil
93,000
Hannah Ferguesen
2016
https://querytracker.net/success/michelle_ruiz_keil.php
ndNo19221
Specific - Must or Else
YesCompsThemesOwnvoices
Writing Group Member / Contest Finalist
No
https://querytracker.net/success/emily_a_duncan.php
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AdultFantasySpeculativeCommercialPriest of BonesPeter McLean102,000Jennie Goloboy2016
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=10033812&viewfull=1#post10033812
ndNo17531
Ominous - Doom
BeforeCompsNoNoPubbedNohttps://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=10033812&viewfull=1#post10033812
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AdultFantasyAdventureCommercial
The Impossible Contract
K. A. Doore128,000Kurestin Armada2015
https://kadoore.com/2018/07/25/hey-what-about-your-query-kai/
ndTagline26931OminousBeforeNoNoNoYesNo
https://kadoore.com/2018/07/25/hey-what-about-your-query-kai/
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AdultFantasyEpic FantasyCommercialStonebreakerEmmie Mears140,000Sara Megibow2015
https://querytracker.net/success/emmie_mears.php
24No24431
Ominous - Task ... BUT
NoneNoneNoNo
Was Agented
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/emmie_mears.php
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercial
The Notorious Sorceror's Penultimate Work
Diana Evans127,000Kurestin Armada2015
https://querytracker.net/success/diana_evans.php
ndNo19331
Ominous - Imminent Doom
ndCompsndndndNohttps://querytracker.net/success/diana_evans.php
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercialBlood Road
Amanda McCrina
91,000Lane Heymont2015
https://querytracker.net/success/amanda_mccrina.php
ndNo27921
Specific - Choice / Who to Trust
AfterNoneNoNondNohttps://querytracker.net/success/amanda_mccrina.php
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AdultFantasyHigh FantasyCommercialCity of LiesSam Hawke160,000Julie Crisp2015
https://subitclub.com/2018/09/04/query-letters-that-worked-city-of-lies-fantasy/
ndNo21441
Specific - Choice
NoneCompsNoNoNoNo
https://subitclub.com/2018/09/04/query-letters-that-worked-city-of-lies-fantasy/
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AdultFantasyHigh FantasyCommercial
Heartbreaker for Hire
Alythia Brown70,000Moe Ferrara2015
https://querytracker.net/success/alythia_brown.php
ndTagline21341
Specific - Enemy Actions
ndNoneThemesndndNohttps://querytracker.net/success/alythia_brown.php
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AdultFantasy
Historical Fantasy
CommercialTwist of FateMartina May85,000
Jessica Watterson
2015
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9272447&viewfull=1#post9272447
ndNo16231
Specific - Must or Else / Race Against Clock
ndndndndndNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9272447&viewfull=1#post9272447http://www.kristavandolzer.com/2014/02/an-agents-inbox-5.html
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AdultFantasy
Urban Fantasy
CommercialThe Frozen Witch
Rebecca Mueller Callahan
ndRussel Galen2015
https://querytracker.net/success/rebecca_mueller_callahan.php
ndNo35751
Specific - Choice
BeforeNoThemesNo
No Degree
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/rebecca_mueller_callahan.php
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AdultFantasyHistoricalCommercialAvenCass Morris106,000
Connor Goldsmith
2014
https://cassmorriswrites.com/2017/01/30/query-letter-a-success-story/
ndNo28641
Ominous - Secret
ndNoNondndNohttps://amytruebloodauthor.com/quite-the-query-cass-morris-and-aven/https://cassmorriswrites.com/2017/01/30/query-letter-a-success-story/
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AdultFantasyHigh FantasyCommercialLestoor's ChosenAndrea Stewart140,000Juliet Mushens2013
http://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/13212-query-that-led-to-representation/
14No21921
Specific - Choice
ndndndnd
Contests
Nohttp://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/13212-query-that-led-to-representation/
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AdultFantasyEpic FantasyCommercialThe Kingmakers
Noah Beit-Aharon
83,000Evan Gregory2011
https://querytracker.net/success/noah_beit-aharon.php
ndNo15022
Specific - Choice
Sometimes
CompsNoNondNohttps://querytracker.net/success/noah_beit-aharon.php
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercial
Under a Dead Moon
Lindsay Smith108,000
Weronika Janczuk
2011
https://querytracker.net/success/lindsay_smith.php
30Logline23531
Specific - Choice
ndCompsThemesNondNohttps://querytracker.net/success/lindsay_smith.php
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AdultFantasy
Historical Fantasy
LiteraryThe Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
90,000Richard Pine2010
http://writerunboxed.com/2011/09/09/erin-morgenstern-part-ii/
25No19121
Ominous - Secret
ndNonendndNoneNohttp://writerunboxed.com/2011/09/09/erin-morgenstern-part-ii/
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AdultFantasy
Urban Fantasy
Commercial
The House of Arkhangel'sk
Jane Kindred104,000Sara Megibow2010
https://querytracker.net/success/jane_kindred.php
32Tagline14221
Specific - Task & Sacrifice
BeforeCompsThemesNo
Pubbed - Short Stories
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/jane_kindred.php
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercial
Winds of a Lot Winter
James Prey118,000Donald Maass2009
https://querytracker.net/success/james_pray.php
ndNo22931
Ominous - Upcoming Obstacles
BeforeNoThemesNo
Degree - MFA
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/james_pray.php
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercialHoundedKevin Hearne81,000Evan Goldfried2009
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=4902072&viewfull=1#post4902072
ndNo21631
Hopeful - MC is the ONE
ndndndndndNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=4902072&viewfull=1#post4902072
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AdultFantasyDarkCommercial
The Library at Mt. Char
Scott Hawkins125,000nd0
https://www.reddit.com/r/PubTips/comments/6slgyd/pubtip_agented_authors_post_successful_queries/dldz99h/
ndNo24291HumorndNoNoNo
pubbed non-fiction
Nohttps://www.reddit.com/r/PubTips/comments/6slgyd/pubtip_agented_authors_post_successful_queries/dldz99h/
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AdultFantasyFantasyCommercial
The Whitefire Crossing
Courtney Schafer
125,000Becca Stumpf0
http://www.courtneyschafer.com/query.html
35No25221
Specific - Must or Else
BeforeNoNoNoYesNo
http://www.courtneyschafer.com/query.html
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AdultFantasyHigh FantasyCommercialIreScott Drakeford162,000Matt Bialer0
https://scottdrakeford.com/2016/02/13/the-query-that-worked/
ndNo14421OminousBeforeCompsThemesNoYesNo
https://scottdrakeford.com/2016/02/13/the-query-that-worked/
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AdultFantasy
Superhero/Thriller
CommercialHarvest of FireHarry Connolly99,000Caitlin Blasdell0
https://www.blackgate.com/2010/10/23/my-agent-hunt/
13No10221
Specific - Must or Else
ndNoNoNo
Pubbed - short stories
Nohttps://www.blackgate.com/2010/10/23/my-agent-hunt/
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AdultFictionThrillerLiterary
The Dream Peddler
Martine Fournier Watson
82,000Bridget Smith2016
https://querytracker.net/success/martine_fournier_watson.php
ndNo17941
Ominous - Doom
RarelyNoNoNo
Pubbed & story shortlisted for a prize
No
https://querytracker.net/success/martine_fournier_watson.php
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AdultGeneral FictionContemporary
Literary-Upmarket
The Stormnot listed100,000not listed2014
http://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/17472-literarycommerical-query-that-led-to-11-full-requests-and-3-offers-of-representation/
ndNo12311LoglineBeforeCompsndndndNohttp://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/17472-literarycommerical-query-that-led-to-11-full-requests-and-3-offers-of-representation/
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AdultGeneral FictionGothLiterary
The Decadence Papers
Rachel E. Pollock
88,000Jonathon Lyons2014
https://querytracker.net/success/rachel_e_pollock.php
28Nond24ndBeforeCompsThemesNo
Deg-MFA
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/rachel_e_pollock.php
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AdultGeneral FictionThriller
Literary-Upmarket
At Shutter SpeedR.A. Burell93,000
Courtney Miller-Callihan
2013
https://querytracker.net/success/ra_burrell.php
55No25031Ominous ndCompsNoNondNohttps://querytracker.net/success/ra_burrell.phphttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8638584&viewfull=1#post8638584
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AdultGeneral FictionHumorousCommercialCounting Greta
Ramsey Hootman
116,000Jim McCarthy2011
https://querytracker.net/success/ramsey_hootman.php
ndTagline16932
Ominous - Secret
NoneNoneThemesNondNohttps://querytracker.net/success/ramsey_hootman.php
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AdultGeneral FictionChick LitCommercial
A Tricky Understanding
Tawna Fenske75,000Michelle Wolfson2006
http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/query-that-hooked-my-agent.html
28No11911
Quip - Humor
ndCompsndndndYeshttp://tawnafenske.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/query-that-hooked-my-agent.html
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AdultHistoricalHistoricalUpmarket
Between Earth and Sky
Amanda Skenandore
99,000Michael Carr2016
http://www.amandaskenandore.com/query-letter/
ndNo10811
Specific - Secret
BeforeCompsThemes
No - daughter-in-law
Pubbed / Pitch Wars
Nohttp://www.amandaskenandore.com/query-letter/
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AdultHistoricalSouthernLiteraryMourning DoveClaire Fullerton83,000Julie Gwinn2016
https://cffullerton.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/the-query-that-got-me-my-agent/
ndNo16411OminousndNoThemesNo
Pubbed - small Press
Nohttps://cffullerton.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/the-query-that-got-me-my-agent/
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AdultHistoricalDarkCommercial
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
H.P. Woodnd
Courtney Miller-Callihan
2015
https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/quite-the-query-h-p-wood-magruders-curiosity-cabinet/
ndLogline21941OminousndndndndndNohttps://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/quite-the-query-h-p-wood-magruders-curiosity-cabinet/
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AdultHistoricalHistoricalLiteraryBecoming RosaLinda Jackson66,000Victoria Marini2015
https://querytracker.net/success/linda_jackson.php
ndNo27131
Ominous - Task ... BUT
BeforeNoNo
OwnVoices - Historical
PubbedNohttps://querytracker.net/success/linda_jackson.php
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AdultHistorical
Women's Fiction
CommercialThis is AlwaysKristen Bonardi100,000Kevan Lyon2015
https://querytracker.net/success/kristen_bonardi_rapp.php
ndNo12323
Ominous- Secrets
BeforeCompsThemesndPubbedNohttps://querytracker.net/success/kristen_bonardi_rapp.php
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AdultHistoricalHistoricalCommercial
The Blue Paint Road
William Michael Goins
95,000Claire Gerus2013
https://querytracker.net/success/michael_goins.php
10No14521HopefulRarelyNoThemesNo
Deg-MFA
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/michael_goins.php
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AdultHistorical
Historical Romance
CommercialLady OutlawStacie HenriendJessica Alvarez2012
http://querylettersuccess.com/author/stacy-henrie/
ndNo10021
Specific - Choice
ndNoneThemesndNoneNohttp://querylettersuccess.com/author/stacy-henrie/
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AdultHistoricalHistoricalCommercial
The Secret History
Stephanie Thornton
100,000
Marlene Stringer
2011
https://querytracker.net/success/stephanie_thornton.php
ndNo15421
Specific - Choice
NoneNoNoNo
No Degree
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/stephanie_thornton.php
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AdultHistoricalHistoricalCommercialThe Midwife's TaleSamuel Thomas95,000Josh Getzler2011
https://querytracker.net/success/samuel_thomas.php
ndNo25631
Ominous - Secret
Sometimes
NoNoNo
Degree - PhD
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/samuel_thomas.php
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AdultHistoricalEgyptCommercialThe Sekhmet BedLibbie Hawker110,000Natalie Lakosil2010
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=4522323&viewfull=1#post4522323
10No24221
Specific - Must or Else
AfterNoNoNo
Pubbed - Short Stories
Nohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=4522323&viewfull=1#post4522323
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AdultHistoricalFantasyCommercial
Sorcerer to the Crown
Zen Cho99,000Caitlin Blasdell0
http://zencho.org/my-publishing-journey-my-query-letter-for-sorcerer-to-the-crown/
ndNo17032VoicendCompsNoNopubbed
No (but author comments)
http://zencho.org/my-publishing-journey-my-query-letter-for-sorcerer-to-the-crown/
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AdultHistoricalHistoricalUpmarketFRÄULEIN M.Caroline Woodsnd
Shannon Hassan
0
http://www.carolinewoodswriter.com/blog/2017/1/31/a-query-letter-that-worked
ndNo13821
Specific - Must or Else
BeforeCompsThemesNo
professor / MFA / pubbed
Nohttp://www.carolinewoodswriter.com/blog/2017/1/31/a-query-letter-that-worked
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AdultHistorical
Women's Fiction
Upmarket
There Will I Be Buried
Erin Lindsay McCabe
138,239Dan Lazar0
http://erinlindsaymccabe.com/2014/02/18/query-letters/
ndNo25121
Specific - Must or Else
AfterCompsThemesNoDegreeNo
http://erinlindsaymccabe.com/2014/02/18/query-letters/
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Adult
Historical Suspense
Romantic Suspense
CommercialThe Fifth KnightE.M. Powell100,000Josh Getzler2012
https://querytracker.net/success/em_powell.php
14No18811
Ominous - Secret
NoneNoneNoNo
Contests
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/em_powell.php
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AdultHorror
Dark Suspense
CommercialInk
Damian Angelica Walters (formerly Damien Walters Grintalis)
86,000nd2010
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=4805730&viewfull=1#post4805730
ndTagline19131
Quip - Voice
ndndndndndNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=4805730&viewfull=1#post4805730
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AdultHorrorAdventureCommercialThe SaxonAdam 109,000nd0
http://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/36915-query-got-18-rejections-1-full-request-and-representation/
3No16321
Ominous - Secret
BeforeCompsNoNo
Award winner
No
http://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/36915-query-got-18-rejections-1-full-request-and-representation/
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AdultLiteraryUpmarket
Literary-Upmarket
ndndndMelissa Sarver2012
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8047068&viewfull=1#post8047068
ndNo32131
Ominous - Secret
ndndndndndNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8047068&viewfull=1#post8047068
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AdultLiteraryContemporaryLiterary
The Art of Forgetting
Camille Noe Pagan
ndElizabeth Weed0
http://booksbywomen.org/write-your-query-first-for-a-better-novel-by-camille-noe-pagan/
ndTagline24351HopefulndndndndndNo
http://booksbywomen.org/write-your-query-first-for-a-better-novel-by-camille-noe-pagan/
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AdultLiteraryLiteraryLiteraryWe
Michael Landweber
70,000Tricia Davey0
https://querytracker.net/success/michaell.php
10No28021
Ominous - Question
NoneCompsThemesNo
Pubbed - Short Story
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/michaell.php
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AdultMagical Realism
Magical Realism
Commercial
The Secret Ingredient of Wishes
Susan Bishop Crispell
83,500Patricia Nelson2015
https://susanbishopcrispell.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/pitch-wars-successful-query/
ndNo25331
Specific - Must or Else
nd
Comps - Authors
NoNoDegreeNo
https://susanbishopcrispell.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/pitch-wars-successful-query/
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AdultMagical Realism
Magical Realism
Commercial
Paper House (formerly Latkes With Sylvia)
Anna Spargo-Ryan
71,000Jo Butler2014
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8649068&viewfull=1#post8649068
ndNo16321
Ominous - Question/Secret
ndCompsThemesNoPubbedNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8649068&viewfull=1#post8649068
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AdultMagical Realism
Magical Realism
CommercialBroken
Stephanie Knipper
95,000Daniel Lazar2011
https://querytracker.net/success/stephanie_knipper.php
ndNo18632HopefulNoneCompsNoNo
Deg - MA Eng
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/stephanie_knipper.php
60
AdultMysteryChick LitCommercial
Living La Vida Lola
Misa RamirezndHolly Root0
http://misaramirez.com/for-writers/the-lola-pi-query/
ndNo11431
Ominous - Doom
ndNoNoNo
Agented Before
Nohttp://misaramirez.com/for-writers/the-lola-pi-query/
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AdultMysteryMysteryCommercialArtifactGigi Pandian85,000Jill Marsal0
http://gigipandian.com/my-successful-query-letter/
ndNo18421
Specific - Must or Else
BeforeCompsNoOwnvoices
Editor interest, Award
No
http://gigipandian.com/my-successful-query-letter/
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AdultParanormal
Paranormal Romance
Commercial
Wonderfully Wicked
Coleen Burwright
100,000Brittany Booker0
http://suzannevanrooyen.com/2013/10/13/queries-that-worked-no-26/
ndLogline18032
Ominous - Uncertain Future
ndNoNoNo
Pubbed - Short Story
Nohttp://suzannevanrooyen.com/2013/10/13/queries-that-worked-no-26/
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AdultParanormal
Romance (Erotica?)
CommercialHell's BellesJackie Kessler80,000nd0
http://www.jackiekessler.com/blog/2008/09/12/the-query-project/
37Tagline9111HumorndCompsThemesNo
Editor/Pubbed
No - but author does
http://www.jackiekessler.com/blog/2008/09/12/the-query-project/
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AdultParanormalThrillerLiterary
Talesof a Malayan Ghost Bride
Yangsze Choo120,000Jenny Bent0
http://jennybent.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/its-really-not-about-who-you-know.html
ndLogline15621
Specific - Must or Else
AfterCompsThemes
OwnVoices - ish
No Degree
Yeshttp://jennybent.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/its-really-not-about-who-you-know.html
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AdultPost-ApocalypticLiteraryCommercialWhite HorseAlex Adams89,000nd2010
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=5399873&highlight=literary#post5399873
ndTagline25941
Specific - Task
ndNoNoNondNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=5399873&highlight=literary#post5399873
66
AdultRomance
Contem Romance
CommercialLove in RealityElizabeth McCay52,000Tina Schwarz2017
https://querytracker.net/success/elizabeth_mccay.php
ndTagline18432OminousBeforeNoNoNondNo
https://querytracker.net/success/elizabeth_mccay.php
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AdultRomanceDarkCommercialKilling JuneMay Bridges75,000Kim Lionetti2017
https://amytruebloodauthor.com/quite-the-query-may-bridges-and-killing-june/
ndNo35841
Specific - Must or Else
AfterNoThemesNondNo
https://amytruebloodauthor.com/quite-the-query-may-bridges-and-killing-june/
68
AdultRomance
Historical Suspense
CommercialThe Devil Duke
Maddison Michaels
98,000Pamela Harty2017
https://querytracker.net/success/maddison_michaels.php
39No19732
Ominous - Lives/Hearts in Jeopardy
NoNoNoNo
Mentored by pubbed author
No
https://querytracker.net/success/maddison_michaels.php
http://maddisonmichaels.com/maddisons-query-letter-success-story/
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AdultRomance
Romantic Comedy
Commercial
Chai, Beards, and Harmony
Farah Heron55,000Rachel Brooks2017
https://farahheron.com/2018/07/23/what-does-a-successful-query-look-like/
ndNo26442HumorBeforeNoNoOwnvoicesYesNo
https://farahheron.com/2018/07/23/what-does-a-successful-query-look-like/
70
AdultRomanceContemporaryCommercialActing UpAdele Buck58,000
Amy Elizabeth Bishop
2016
https://amytruebloodauthor.com/quite-the-query-adele-buck-and-acting-up/
ndNo20331
Specific - Must or Else
ndCompsNoNondNo
https://amytruebloodauthor.com/quite-the-query-adele-buck-and-acting-up/
71
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
CommercialUntouchablend97,000nd2016
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9772322&viewfull=1#post9772322
ndNo16231
Ominous - Secret
BeforeNoNoNoEditorialNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9772322&viewfull=1#post9772322
72
AdultRomance
Miliatary Romance
CommercialImaginary Fiance
Genevieve Powell
88,000Beth Phelan2016
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9829641&viewfull=1#post9829641
ndNo14521
Upbeat - Love Blooming
ndNondNo
No Degree
Nohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9829641&viewfull=1#post9829641
73
AdultRomanceEroticaCommercialndnd81,000nd2015
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9619572&viewfull=1#post9619572
ndNo21731
Specific - Task
ndNoNoNo
Contests
Nohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=9619572&viewfull=1#post9619572
74
AdultRomanceEroticaCommercial
The Write Type of Wrong
Dylann Crush78,000
Jessica Watterson
2015
https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/quite-the-query-dylann-crush-and-the-write-type-of-wrong/
ndNo21732
Specific - Choice
ndNonendndndNohttps://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/quite-the-query-dylann-crush-and-the-write-type-of-wrong/http://dylanncrush.com/2017/07/17/authors-18-the-query-that-landed-my-agent/
75
AdultRomanceRomanceCommercialWorth Waiting ForWendy QuallsndMoe Ferrara2015
https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/quite-the-query-wendy-qualls-and-worth-waiting-for/
ndNo17521HopefulndNonendnd
No Degree
Nohttps://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/quite-the-query-wendy-qualls-and-worth-waiting-for/https://querytracker.net/success/wendy_qualls.php
76
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
CommercialTalk to MeLora Douglas104,000Stacey Donaghy2014
http://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/19762-caught-me-one-of-dem-agent-thingys-yall/
14Logline21331
Ominous - Impending Doom
ndndndndndNohttp://agentqueryconnect.com/index.php?/topic/19762-caught-me-one-of-dem-agent-thingys-yall/
77
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
CommercialndLauren Layne81,000Nicole Rescinti2013
http://laurenlayne.com/query-letter-example/
ndTagline16631
Specific - Choice
ndNoNondndYeshttp://laurenlayne.com/query-letter-example/
78
AdultRomance
Women's Fiction
CommercialIllicit Allurend86,000nd2013
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8310407&viewfull=1#post8310407
ndNo26331
Ominous - Secret
ndCompsndndndNohttp://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=8310407&viewfull=1#post8310407
79
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
Commercial
Whiskey November
Elizabeth Otto60,000Nalini Akolekar2012
https://querytracker.net/success/elizabeth_otto.php
ndNo22621HopefulAlwaysCompsNoNoPubbedNohttps://querytracker.net/success/elizabeth_otto.php
80
AdultRomanceTime-TravelCommercial
Must Love Breeches
Angela Quarles99,000
Maura Kye-Casella
2012
https://querytracker.net/success/angela_quarles.php
ndTagline20121
Specific - Choice
BeforeCompsNoNo
Contests
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/angela_quarles.php
81
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
CommercialFar From Perfect
Barbara Longley
88,000Nalini Akolekar2011
https://querytracker.net/success/barbara_longley.php
ndNo35832
Ominous - Obstacle Looming
Sometimes
NoThemesNo
Pubbed - Small Press
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/barbara_longley.php
82
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
CommercialHot and HeavenlyMacy Beckett63,000Nicole Resciniti2011
https://querytracker.net/success/macy_beckett.php
ndNo14221
Specific - Choice
BeforeCompsNoNo
Deg - Eng
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/macy_beckett.php
83
AdultRomance
Regency Romance
Commercial
A Tale of Two Sisters
Aislinn Macnamara
80,000Sara Megibow2011
https://querytracker.net/success/aislinn_macnamara.php
ndNo8711
Upbeat - New Twist
BeforeNoNoNo
Contests
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/aislinn_macnamara.php
84
AdultRomanceEroticaCommercialThe SirenTiffany ReiszndSara Megibow2010
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries-agent-sara-megibow-and-the-siren
ndTagline33831
Ominous - Secrets
NoneCompsndndNoneYeshttp://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries-agent-sara-megibow-and-the-siren
85
AdultRomance
Historical Romance
Commercial
Letters from Home
Kristina McMorris
90,000
Jennifer Shoeber
2009
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries-agent-jennifer-schober-and-letters-from-home
ndTagline9311OminousBeforeCompsNoNoPubbedYeshttp://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries-agent-jennifer-schober-and-letters-from-home
86
AdultRomance
Contemporary Romance
CommercialSay My NameRenée A. Price97,000Tricia Skinner0
https://reneeaprice.weebly.com/blog/my-successful-query
ndNo30932
Specific - Choice
nd
Comps - Authors
NoOwnvoicesndNo
https://reneeaprice.weebly.com/blog/my-successful-query
87
AdultRomance
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Commercial
She Came From Beyond
Nadine Darling85,000Sarah Yake0
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/successful-queries-agent-sarah-yake-came-beyond
ndNo12221HumorNoNoNoNo
Awards & pubbed
Yeshttp://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/successful-queries-agent-sarah-yake-came-beyond
88
AdultRomance
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Commercial
Some Kind of Magic
Mary Ann Marlowe
80,000Mike Hoogland0
http://www.maryannmarlowe.com/?p=4271
28No21521
Specific - Must or Else
ndCompsNoNoYesNo
http://www.maryannmarlowe.com/?p=4271
89
AdultRomance
Erotic Romance
CommercialOne Match FireLissa Linden61,000Laura Zats0
http://maddisonmichaels.com/lissa-lindens-successful-query-letter/
ndNond32OminousndNoNoNoDegreeYes
http://maddisonmichaels.com/lissa-lindens-successful-query-letter/
90
AdultRomanceHistoricalCommercialDevil Duke
Maddison Michaels
99,500Pamela Harty0
http://maddisonmichaels.com/maddisons-query-letter-success-story/
71Nond32Ominous
Sometimes
NoNoNo
Mentorship
Yes
http://maddisonmichaels.com/maddisons-query-letter-success-story/
91
AdultRomance
Historical Romance
Commercial
The Madness of Miss Grey
Julia Bennett80,000Jessica Alvarez0
https://juliabennet.com/2018/06/08/the-query-letter-that-got-me-my-agent-with-commentary-from-jessica-alvarez-of-bookends-literary-agency/
100No13332HopefulNoneNoNoNoNoYes
https://juliabennet.com/2018/06/08/the-query-letter-that-got-me-my-agent-with-commentary-from-jessica-alvarez-of-bookends-literary-agency/
92
AdultRomanceMusicCommercial
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Michelle Hazen99,000Naomi Davis0
http://michellehazenbooks.com/example-of-my-successful-query/
ndLogline22331
Specific - Must or Else
BeforeCompsNond
Indie Author
No
http://michellehazenbooks.com/example-of-my-successful-query/
93
AdultRomanceNew AdultCommercialDirty Little SecretTara LeighndJessica Alvarez0
https://www.taraleighbooks.com/blogposts/query-letter
ndNo24842
Specific - Choice
BeforeCompsNoNo
Yes - Background
No
https://www.taraleighbooks.com/blogposts/query-letter
94
AdultRomanceSuspenseCommercial27 DaysEmilie Horne79,000Mandy Hubbard0
http://www.getpublishednow.biz/successful-queries.html
ndNo22621OminousndndndndndNohttp://www.getpublishednow.biz/successful-queries.html
95
AdultRomance - EroticaThrillerCommercialWhite CollaredShelly Bell25,000Jessica Alvarez2013
https://querytracker.net/success/shelly_bell.php
ndNo20521
Ominous - Must or Else
NonendNoNoPubbedNohttps://querytracker.net/success/shelly_bell.php
96
AdultSci-FiSci-FiCommercial
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Becky LangdonndChris Kepner2019
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=10509412&viewfull=1#post10509412
29No18631OminousndCompsNoNondNo
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=10509412&viewfull=1#post10509412
97
AdultSci-FiSci-FiCommercialNophek GlossEssa Hansen140,000Naomi Davis2018
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=10406759&viewfull=1#post10406759
ndNo20331
Specific - Choice
ndNoNoNondNo
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?92925-Successful-Queries&p=10406759&viewfull=1#post10406759
https://ellenbrockediting.com/examples-of-successful-query-letters/
98
AdultSci-FiCyberpunkCommercialChimeraWayne Santos114,000Jennie Goloboy2017
https://querytracker.net/success/wayne_santos.php
mdNo13822
Specific - Choice
Sometimes
CompsNoNo
Agented Before
Nohttps://querytracker.net/success/wayne_santos.php
99
AdultSci-Fi
Gothic/Paranormal
CommercialL'AbatteurMonique Jones127,000Tricia Skinner2017
https://querytracker.net/success/monique_jones.php
26No21831
Ominous - Evil is Coming
YesNoNo
Mentions it's based on family history
ndNo
https://querytracker.net/success/monique_jones.php
100
AdultSci-FiSpace OperaCommercial
The Stars Now Unclaimed
Drew Williams118,000Chris Kepner2017
https://querytracker.net/success/drew_williams.php
6No32731OminousndNoNoNo
Bookseller
No
https://querytracker.net/success/drew_williams.php
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