The following cover letter is pretty plain-Jane, but I thought I'd share it with you. This is what I submitted to my publisher for my latest manuscript:
I hope this note finds you well. I have completed a new Book of Mormon novel, tentatively titled Alma the Elder—a sequel to Abinadi—comprising the scriptures found in the Book of Mosiah 17-24.
In this volume, Alma flees the city of Nephi and establishes a new colony at the Waters of Mormon. Hundreds of believers follow him, but before long, they are pursued by the wicked priest Amulon, under the direction of King Noah.
Back in the city of Nephi, turmoil erupts and Gideon tries to kill King Noah. At the moment of near-death, Noah sees Lamanites breaching the borders of the land. True to his cowardly and brutal nature, he commands the men of the city to flee and leave their wives and children behind. Eventually King Noah meets his own demise—at the hands of his own people—and in the fiery manner as prophesied by Abinadi.
Alma, unaware of all the unrest and change of kings in the city of Nephi, settles in a valley he names the land of Helam. For years they prosper and grow as a people of faith. But corruption creeps in and the Lord sees fit to chasten His people. When Amulon arrives in the land of Helam with an army of Lamanites, the people of Alma are put into bondage. It will take returning to the purity of their faith in order for the Lord to hear their cries and bring deliverance at last.
It’s my intention to write one to two more volumes to round out this series, continuing with the lives of Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah. Chapter Notes, Epigraphs, Preface, two-page map, and other details are forthcoming. This manuscript is approximately 95,000 words. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.