In the last post, I wrote about How I Got an Agent in 8 Minutes, Over the Christmas Holiday, Without Asking to be Represented. What follows is the nonfiction book query that made that happen.
A few comments and updates: the Self Editing Blog now ranks more like #1-3 on Google; the present website, which hosted just a few articles at the time of the query, has since morphed into the Make Your Story a Movie blog; the number of writing- and adaptation-related articles I’ve written has expanded considerably; William Morris Endeavor has since shortened its name to WME; the original article cited toward the end (originally entitled Make Your Book a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Story for Hollywood) has since been slightly renamed and largely updated, so I’ve replaced the original link with the new one in the body of the query; and the book opening presented below was later revised for the book itself.
The book’s title also changed (at the suggestion of my editor at St. Martin’s) from Make Your Book a Movie to Make Your Story a Movie, which more accurately reflected the finished book’s inclusion of advice for storytellers in all media; I then changed the subtitle to match. Accordingly, the name of the website also changed from Make Your Book a Movie to Make Your Story a Movie.
Lastly, because the book was nonfiction, my aim was to present a detailed query that very much indicated the direction any full-on book proposal would take. That took a bit of space. Had I been querying with, instead, a novel or other completed work of fiction—I would have sent a pitch sheet, which is considerably shorter and less densely written. Read more…