A new client got in touch with us recently to use our A La Carte Service, and we have to admit, we’re especially excited about this particular project. It takes a familiar genre, stays true to the elements that make that genre so appealing, but also turns them entirely upsidedown.
The author of the book sent us a hilarious letter. And we wanted to share part of it with you. But first, a little backstory is in order.
Our query letter writing department is actually a whole team of folks from varied backgrounds, people from the publishing industry, proofreaders, and also voracious book lovers. We like to take a “put our heads together” approach. Then, we show the letter to the book author and work with him/her some more, until we’ve got it right.
So, here’s what we received.
That is to say Dear Kriste and whoever may have the fortune of finding themselves on team Bradley… thank you all for taking the time to tackle this project. Obviously, if I knew how to go about selling my own book, I would have done it by now. I’m sure you all have lots of experience and, as I can’t see any of you, I imagine you are something like the colorful cast of newsroom characters in Mary Tyler Moore—or maybe like Dick Van Dyke’s crew of jingle writers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In my mind you are all eating takeaway Chinese late at night and brainstorming as to how to get the most fantastic query ever on paper.
Actually, since we’re in New Jersey, we kinda like pizza. We also order from Veggie Heaven pretty regularly too, because that’s how we roll.
Do you have a question for Writer’s Relief? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We may (or may not) include your letter on our blog!
Actually, I kind of picture you guys more like “The Office.” Do you have your own awards & Olympics too?
I picture the WR folks at a big, long table in a conference room like at an ad agency (a la Mad Men). I imagine everyone sitting around the table pouring over a new poem that came and trying to find the perfect home for it. I hope you have your very own Don Draper too 🙂
If you have a Jim Halpert and Dwight Shrute in your office, I’d like to sign up to be a part of your cover letter department 🙂