The query letter
Demanding divas, naked Irishmen walking in their sleep, and amorous honeymooners leaving remnants of unforgettable wedding nights are all part of the parade of flamboyant guests who came in and out of my life as an innkeeper.
Despite being a reclusive, retired schoolteacher with no business experience and little start-up money, I took a risk, purchased a turn-of-the-century mansion, and turned it into into a charming bed-and-breakfast. Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper’s Tale
is the humorous and sometimes poignant story of my 17-year journey through a minefield of contractors, housekeepers and eccentric guests looking for Southern hospitality and gourmet breakfasts. I have included recipes reflecting the content of each chapter and descriptions of how and why many of them were developed at our inn.
I am co-author and editor of [Blank], a cookbook written for the Bed and Breakfast Association of [Blank], for which I won the [Blank] Award in 2009. In addition to maintaining several websites and several blogs, I write online for [Blank], [Blank], [Blank] and [Blank]. A teacher of music and English, I have taught and written creative nonfiction, poetry and lyrics throughout my adult life. Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen,
a 65,000-word memoir, combines wit and humor with delicious recipes, a subject that may appeal to a wide audience—more specifically, to women ready to reinvent themselves, whether they are starting a second career late in life, coming out of a divorce, or forced by the recession to stop mid-career and rethink their options. In addition, it may appeal to the same audiences of books by Ruth Reichl and Maya Angelou.
A manuscript is available upon request.
Thank you for your kind consideration,