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Nonfiction Query That Survived 75 Submissions

How many times has your query letter been rejected? Authors Pamela Jane and Deborah Guyol submitted Pride and Prejudice and Kitties 75 times before literary agent James McGinniss decided to represent the book.

We’ve embedded their simple query letter below. Once you find an agent you would like to represent your book, the pitch letter is the next step in the traditional publishing process.

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Nonfiction Query Letter That Worked from Pamela Jane & Deborah Guyol

Enclosed is a query for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND KITTIES. Please note that upon request we can send a full proposal with sample chapters and photographs as a PDF file. The website we created to promote the book can be viewed at [We subsequently created a new website]. I know you don’t publish chick lit, but Jane Austen is not that!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND KITTIES

humor, pop culture

Finally, chick lit meets kit lit!

Jane Austen is hot and cats are happening. Yet of the dozens of popular books on Jane Austen and scores of funny cat books, not one combines the enduring novelist with the endearing feline. The world is ready for “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” – a playful mash-up of the well-loved classic novel and the perverse perspective of the naughty, haughty kitty. Better than CliffsNotes: the adorable meets the absurd.

In “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” wacky illustrations of cats in Regency settings are juxtaposed with the wicked humor of Jane. The book will follow the general outline of Pride and Prejudice. There are 61 chapters in Pride and Prejudice, and “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” will contain 2-1/2 pages for each chapter (a half-page “kittified” summary of the action, a page of text from the original novel, and a page with the photograph and quote). Thus the book will have approximately 150 pages and 60-80 photographs. A full proposal including sample chapters is available upon request.

“Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” is a book for cat-lovers, Austen-lovers, and people who love to laugh – in other words, just about everyone. It’s the book you can’t wait to share with your mother-in-law or your best friend, the one who is obsessed with Jane Austen and cats.

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