“You’ve got your agent list. You’ve
got your killer query. Now it’s time to launch
yourself out into the world.”
~ Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry in “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published”
“Far Out Space Nuts” be darned, now it’s time! I sent five query letters in the mail to New York agents today, and I emailed eight more into the amorphous internet.
With a bit of coaching from Eckstut, I perfected my pitch for “The Drum Line: A Memoir of a Sex Offender’s Wife” and tightened my manuscript. I haven’t heard a word from the two agents I queried in July, but Eckstut predicted that if I query 15 to 20 agents, I should hear back from at least two of them. We’ll see how good a forecaster she is.
“The Drum Line,” a memoir of adultery, sex crime and the demise of a 16-year marriage, is a modern parable on the nature of betrayal, forgiveness and atonement for those who have endured the shame and mystery of secrets in a family. If you were an agent, would you want to read more?