I've just finished reading Dear Agent, and I wish there had been such a straight forward, helpful book around when I first started submitting my writing to publishers and agents!
I hope you don't mind but I have a query about the 'cook paragraph'. I don't have many writing credits - 2 e-published short stories (via [name redacted]). One is erotic horror and therefore relevant in regard to my supernatural suspense novel. The other is gay fiction - again it's supernatural suspense, so relevant - but there is a stronger erotic element (however, it is not erotic romance). I am simply not sure whether to include this information in my covering letter... or how to include it, exactly.
I know there are other writers who are gaining publishing contracts with e-publishers writing romance/erotic romance, whilst still pursuing traditional publishing deals in mainstream genres. So, we are gaining experience in writing and marketing but wonder if the subject we are writing about could put publishers off.
(Because I wasn't sure whether the questioner was planning to seek publication through "traditional publishing", I checked, and she is.)