In this day and age of write and publish, I am writing query letters in search of an agent.
In my search, I passed on an agent but her submission guidelines stuck with me.
She wanted three short paragraphs.
- Who are you?
- Why does your book need to be published?
- A short synopsis.
Wow. I got a little flippant at the first question.
“Who are you?”
A Writer. (.)
Wouldn’t that’d be neat to just end it there? LOL. Then I thought, “It’s true, everything else; wife, mom, employee, boss, woman, human, is just fodder for my writing.”
Then I thought number 2 and 3 were the same question posed two different ways. I mean, isn’t that what a synopsis is? I wrote this book … you need to read this book… because yada, yada, yada…
But, it’s all about the details, isn’t it? Sometime later I came up with this.
I am a writer.
I smoked for 28 years and smokers want to read what I wrote.
I had been very curious to know how to get from here (a smoker) to there (a non-smoker). I wanted the information but I wanted it on my own terms without the threat of having my cigarettes taken away.
I used to ask former smokers how they quit all the time. The common response was, “You have to WANT it.” I usually left the discussion thinking,”Of course I want it, but I want to know HOW?”
Today, people get curious and ask how I quit smoking. Turns out, going beyond the explanation of “You’ve got to want it,” is too much for one conversation, so much, that it creates a whole book. That full circle experience with curiosity is how I know these books will sell.