An aspiring author confronts the literary demons of the world and sets off in search of an agent.

Friday, March 26, 2010

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Second Bulwer-Lytton inspired Query Letter

In an earlier post, I imagined a truly wretched query letter inspired by the  Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest . Here is my second attempt. No groaning, please!
Dear Agent:

Like his father, and his father before him, Arnold Mayfield is an eunuch. Like her mother and her mother before her, Lydia Proffer is barren.  Against all odds, their romance blossoms, a child is born and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

THE FERTILE AND FUTILE is a story of love, pheromones run amok and a wicked curveball. Gabriel Garcia, author of One Hundred Years of Solitaire, has described my novel as something “between Gone with the Wind and The Little Engine that Could.”

My debut novel is complete at approximately 75,000 words and is more than capable of giving birth to a sequel.


Erving J. Frobisher


Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Humorous Homage to a Classic

 A tip of the hat to one of my all time favorites: Ray Bradbury. Let's just say...something whimsical this way comes!

A classic dystopian/speculative science fiction novel.
Imagine a future where books and publications with
references to the Fahrenheit scale are burned.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Reflections on a Rejection

I am never happy about a rejection…

However, I will give a tip of the hat to the agent who included the following in her form rejection letter: “I have to pass on many interesting projects due to time constraints (much like you have to choose only one or two books at a bookstore, even though there are a lot of good ones.)”

I have two reactions to this. First, I appreciate her wonderfully articulate statement on what it is like for the literary agent who reviews hundreds, if not thousands, of query letters. For an aspiring author, a seemingly small insight like this can be incredibly valuable.

Second, this is the first rejection I have received that has made me think, “I like the thoughtfulness of the response. If I happen write another manuscript that seems to match her interests, she’ll be one of the first agents I’ll query.”

Friday, March 5, 2010

A Tinkle in Time

Congratulations to Rebecca Stead! She garnered the 2010 Newbery Award for her book, When You Reach Me. Since an earlier Newbery-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time, plays an integral part in the plot of Stead's book, I thought it might be time for a humorous homage to Madeleine L’Engle's classic:

The exciting adventures of three young time-space travelers
who have trouble finding bathrooms along the way.