I know it has been a while since we last talked but life has been hectic with me as I am sure it has been with you. (personal details about why life was hectic)
Additionally, my first novel (title) just hit the book stores. It has been a labor of love. I started writing it when (details of her writing path.)
This book is a gritty fantasy story (more details about the book.)
Below is a critique I received from a fellow author:
(someone I've never heard of)
My intent of this email Janet is I hope you’ll give (title) a read. I also would greatly appreciate any input you may have on the story. I am currently writing the sequel.
You can order a copy at any of the following (or ask your local library to order it):
Direct from the publisher: (helpful link included cause it's a publisher I've never heard of)
From Amazon: (link)
or from Barnes & Noble: (link)
Again, I hope all is going well. If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line. Good luck and God Speed.
It's the reference to "last time we talked" that tipped me off. I checked my email and yea, it was a query and a form rejection.
Thus I'm sure this was a cut and paste, sent to everyone in the address book kind of email.
In other words: useless and ineffective.
Well, not totally useless: it did make that whisky at 9am medically necessary.
If you want to let people know your book is available, you write what is essentially a query letter: you entice them to read it. Telling people how hard it was to write, or how chaotic your life has been is NOT enticing. Your family and friends already know that stuff. The rest of us don't care. No really. I do not care.
I have a feeling that as publishing gets "easier" and more and more people start promoting their books, one of the repercussions is going to be that my public email address is going to be Query@Agency and anything that isn't a query just gets deleted.
I really don't want to do that cause most of you who send me not-query email are pretty funny and very valuable.
But honestly, if I start drinking at 9am too often, things are gonna change!