I had a great weekend. No, no action, but plenty of activities. Mainly writing of course, and research. I’m starting with a list of five agents to send a query letter with information about my book. It’s not ready yet, the book, because I am still working with friends who are helping me with the edits. The query letter itself is taking shape and I am quite pleased with the present format. It’s a challenge to write a single business size page and include enough information to be captivating but not over the top.
Who me? Perish the thought.
As my book is non-fiction, I also need to have a complete proposal ready to submit with the manuscript to an agent and/or publisher. That is the most important part, because the proposal will be used to gauge interest in the book. It’s hard to put “Knickers Abroad” into a category though. It is narrative travel, but is it also mental health? Self-discovery? All of the above? What publishers want is something that will sell and make them money. I know my book will sell, but it’s not something that fits neatly into a tidy box.
I have other options, self-publishing for one and submitting the manuscript to publishing houses that accept unsolicited works. In many ways, that is an even more tedious path than searching for the right agent. Every book about agents tells you not to use the internet as your first source, but unless you live next a big library or have numerous bookstores around, the internet can be very useful.
In between writing and pondering, we watched all the pro football games together. It was very nice to be a family and simply relax and have fun. I don’t know where I’ll wind up with my query, but I know that at home, I am loved and respected.