Are you pretty sure you can write better ones, or at the very least, helpful ones?
Ok, here's the challenge:
This is an email recevied two days ago. In 100 words or less, tell me what YOU would say.
Comments column is fine.
Email to me is fine. Put "be Miss Snark" in the subject line.
First prize is an hour with my slush pile.
Second prize is two hours.
Have at it:
Dear Ms. Snark:
I hope you will be interested in representing film rights for my 64,000 word 226 page softcover novel Rainbow Dust, (ISBN 1-932695-15X) published in October, 2005 by Treble Heart Books, a small press. Lee Emory, my publisher, will negotiate with you if you are interested.
Father Andrew Greeley offered his endorsement: "It's a charming, fascinating book."
An English reviewer commented: This is a tale of Christian forgiveness and Jewish beliefs of atonement and redemption."
The setting, which shifts from rural Florida to the Cape Cod area in the 1990s is classified as a paranormal romance. However, reviewers comment that I've expanded the genre. They praise the novel's strong imagery and suggest it would transfer to vivid screen action.
The novel interweaves the lives of two people who need each other, even though one is alive and the other dead. Margaret, a depressed 27 year -old college instructor is truly only half alive, while Zeke, a deceased cowboy and rancher, resonates with psychic energy.
Margaret blossoms under Zeke‚s tutelage as he relates his adventures as well as his misdeeds. Zeke is based on a friend who was a stunt rider for films, then an animal trainer for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Later, he owned a cattle
ranch. My audience laughs during my book signings as I read selections describing Zeke lassoing an alligator. They lean forward as I describe him breaking a horse by blindfolding it and leading it into a stream. They gasp with dismay–even revulsion–at his shameful stunt with a bull that cost him his rodeo job. Almost always, the question arises and creates a lively discussion: is Zeke a delightful rogue determined to release Margaret's repressed passion for love and life
and bring her to self-realization? Or is he an insufferable, selfish adventurer. Could he be both?
My novel begins when Margare's marriage proposal is interrupted by a sharp command roaring inside her head. "Don‚t do it, girl! Don‚t say yes." Initially, Margaret fears the disembodied voice she alone can hear. But gradually, her spectral mentor's enthusiasm transforms her into an alluring, resolute woman capable of facing danger and surviving a heartbreaking crisis as she learns the truth about Zeke, frees herself from his influence, and embarks on a new, independent life.
May I send you a copy of Rainbow Dust to consider for film adaptation?
(address, contact info redacted, proof positive Miss Snark has one shred of mercy left..but only one)