re: Mention Erotic Scenes in a Query Letter?

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Dear Editor…

I am in the process of querying agents for a New Adult novel I’ve written. My question is, should I mention in my query letter that there are a few erotic scenes in the novel (a potential selling point)? Due to the broad definition of “New Adult,” I’m wondering if I should prepare the agent for the adult scenes. If I do decide to include this information, how should I go about doing so?


Dear Jamie…

Leave the steamy stuff out of the query. There’s plenty of steam in New Adult novels, and agents know that, so there’s no need to “prepare” the agent for it. Plus, it’s not a selling point in particular. It’s better to use the short query space to highlight your awesome hook, emphasizing what differentiates your manuscript’s plot, characters, and themes from the masses. Pitch your concept and your craft, not the sex.

Happy writing!
The Editor


  1. Good advice. I’m writing NA, and there’s no sex in it, just like most of the adult novels I read. But different strokes for different folks! lol

  2. Thanks so much for choosing my question! That is pretty much the route I’ve been taking (leaving the steamy stuff out of the query) — I feel much better knowing that you agree with that approach. 🙂

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