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Sample Query: The Darkness of Yesterday

Dear _______,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to seek representation for my horror novel, “The Darkness of Yesterday.” After researching and considering several agencies, I was drawn to your excellent track record in representing authors in the horror genre, and I believe my book would be a strong fit for your representation.

The Darkness of Yesterday is a chilling tale that explores the boundaries of fear and delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche. Set in a small, isolated town, the story follows Sarah, a young woman who returns to her childhood home after receiving a cryptic letter from her estranged mother. As Sarah unravels the town’s haunting past and confronts the malevolent force that lurks within its shadows, she must confront her own inner demons to survive.

This novel is a character-driven psychological horror that blends elements of supernatural terror with psychological suspense. Drawing inspiration from authors like Stephen King and Shirley Jackson, The Darkness of Yesterday offers a fresh and captivating take on the genre, combining atmospheric descriptions, spine-tingling suspense, and deep exploration of the human condition.

I have been a lifelong fan of horror fiction and have dedicated years to honing my writing skills. I have previously published short stories in various horror anthologies, such as “Nightmares Unleashed” and “Dark Tales of Dread.” This experience has allowed me to develop a strong understanding of the genre and its readership, and I am confident that my novel will appeal to fans of psychological horror who are seeking an immersive and thought-provoking experience.

The manuscript for The Darkness of Yesterday is complete at approximately 85,000 words. I have attached the first three chapters and a detailed synopsis for your review. I believe this novel has significant potential for publication and would be thrilled to have your expertise and guidance in navigating the publishing industry.

Thank you for considering my query. I have done extensive research on your agency and am genuinely excited about the possibility of working with you. I am open to any suggestions or revisions you may have and look forward to the opportunity to discuss The Darkness of Yesterday further.

I have included my contact information above, and I am available at your convenience for any additional materials you may require or for a discussion regarding representation. I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration.

Warm regards,



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