Jun 24, 2009

Successful Query- BROKEN

Thanks for all your support and kind words at the Slushpile.
Here's the final query I used for BROKEN.

Alec Sumner, a psychologist and author, understands loss. Not only has he written about it, he’s lost his home, his relationship, his mother’s love, and today – his heart to Eli Burke on a busy street. Eli knows loss, too. He can’t escape it. After watching his lover beaten to death in a London alley, he’s been left with a limp, scars, and nightmares as permanent reminders.

Fueled by liquor, lust, and heartache, their brief encounter in the back seat of a car convinces Alec that he must have Eli in his life despite the young man’s inability to move beyond his traumatic past. Eli is charmed when Alec offers him an escape from a difficult day and a sympathetic ear; he’s delighted when Alec takes an interest in his work; and he’s turned on when Alec lays a bold, passionate embrace on him. Now what? Does Eli attempt to outrun his painful past with isolated charity work abroad, or reward Alec’s romantic efforts and risk his heart again? One thing is certain: neither of them want to lose anything else.

Along with this I also sent them a short bio, synopsis, and partial on 4/26. I received the request for the full MS on 5/20 and the contract on 6/20. Thanks to everyone for their feedback and good wishes. I'm still on cloud nine.


Laura Martone said...

Hi, Dawn. Congrats again on the contract! I just have two questions, if you don't mind...

1. Did you act through an agent, or did you send the query and other materials directly to the publisher?

2. If you don't have an agent and sent the publisher the query directly, were the other materials (bio, synopsis, and partial) unsolicited or requested per their guidelines?

I hope I'm not being too nosy. As an unpublished novelist without an agent, I'm just curious about other people's experiences. For the sake of my woefully lacking education.

Thanks, and again congrats!


MonikaS said...

Once again Dawn, a huge congratulations and thank you for posting the query and the info on how long the whole process took. I guess once you have the right manuscript it's really not that long (although the wait must still have been excruciating).

Keep us posted on publication!


Dawn said...

Laura, not too nosy, at all and great questions.

1. I queried 7 agents and one of them, as part of her rejection, suggested I target epublishers because I could operate without an agent.

2. The other materials I sent are requested per the submission guidelines on the Dreamspinner Press website.

I hope that helps. :)

quixotic said...

Congratulations! It's great to hear success stories.

Mira said...


I'm so happy for you! What a great, topical book. I'm so glad that you're being published.


Dawn said...

Thank you very much, Mira and quixotic. ;)

MonikaS: (although the wait must still have been excruciating).

You're right! lol Once I sent off the full, it did become excruciating. I obsessively checked my email. Then, when I caught sight of a response waiting in my inbox, I was terrified to look at it too closely.
Thanks. :)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Congratulations, Dawn. It's always good to here success stories. Here's hoping your ebook sells tons. =o)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Dawn. What great news. Sounds like a great book!

I'm curious--what sort of marketing has the e-publisher discussed with you? Is a lot of it up to you? Or do they assist with selling the book?

Thanks, and best of luck.

Dawn said...
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Dawn said...

Ejalvey, as I understand it, the publisher will handle marketing. They'll promote the book via their website, bulletin boards, mailing lists, published literature that may include reviews, and advertising in popular reading mags...both online and off. They sell the books in electronic, paperback, and maybe audio via Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Barnes&Noble.com. I need to provide a promotion bio and blurbs to use.

Suzan Harden said...

Congratulations, Dawn! It's always great to hear someone got 'The Call!'

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Dawn. I have been unsure about submitting to e-publishers, but it sounds like it might really be a good option. Would you stop back and keep us posted on how it's going?

Thanks again!

Dawn said...

I'll definitely keep you informed, ejalvey.

Epublishers can be a good option, but you need to research them.

I would check Absolute Write to read what others have said about different publishers.

Here's a column that has a list of top ePubs on the right of the page.


I have this saved because of the rundown this columnist gave on Dreamspinner Press when I was researching them.

Best of luck.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Dawn.

Sorry for the delay in responding. A visiting niece has kept me from my beloved blogs recently... Anyhoo, thanks so much for the response to my "nosy" questions. I really appreciate your willingness to share your experience with the rest of us - and educate us in the process! Good luck with the publication - and keep us posted about its progress!

Bane of Anubis said...


WV: hemons - a cross between He-Mans and Demons - the next paranormal romance coming next Fall :)

Dawn said...

You're welcome, Laura. ;)

Thank you, BoA. :)