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My attempts at a novel cover letter

Here’s a fact: I hate writing cover letters.

It’s the worst.

People think you should be good at it because you’re a writer, but it’s not the same. I know a lot of writers have trouble with it, too.

So I’m not going to say too much. I wouldn’t want to give advice because I don’t even think my attempt is any good. I’m just going to share it below. You can make up your own minds on how good it is.


Dear [Agent],
 
Please find attached the first three chapters of my new novel, Poor Choices, which is approximately 140,000 words in length.
 
Poor Choices is the story of a middle-class family “The Mortons” who begin to unravel following a series of poor decisions. In their attempts to rectify their mistakes the family (dad Alan, mum Jenny, son Jake, and daughter Alice) find themselves falling into darker and darker places until finally blood is spilled. The four POV characters initially embark on what seems to be four different journeys, but as the story progresses they weave together, colliding at the climax of the book.
 
The target audience for this book is likely to be men and women in their twenties and thirties who are interested in fast-paced family novels with a dark twist.
 
I am a Reading-based author who has been writing for most of my 25 years across many genres and mediums. Now seeking to progress my author brand, I am focusing on fiction set in the real world with dark undertones. Poor Choices is my first novel in this vein, and I have been working on it for the past 18 months.
 
Many thanks for taking the time to look over this submission. If you would like a full copy of my manuscript, please notify me, and I will be delighted to send a copy through to you. I look forward to hearing your response.
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International worst-selling author Mark Ayre has been writing since before he could pick up a pen (somehow). An author of mystery and suspense novels including the James Perry Series of mysteries.

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