Ha! I found my query letter for a collection of short stories I had written in 2004 entitled, Ugly/Beautiful!
I kept wondering what I would write about. I have started and deleted two pieces, so far.
I almost wrote A Letter To Desi Foxx, toward a woman in the adult industry (along with her daughter), who is a member of The Pink Cross and also an avid reader of blogs and bulletin boards that post horrible things about her. I wanted to write this entire letter explaining to her that real success is self-created and begins with not paying attention to crazy harassers… but there’s no point. I believe the effort would be for nothing.
Then, I wanted to write about the women in the industry I would like to interview. I sent a polite, but honest interview query to Shelley Lubben. It read something like, “I won’t lie, I don’t adhere to religious doctrines, but I am an advocate of groups that actually want to help people… Maybe you could let me interview you so you can explain what it’s all about…” It got no response. I also sent Belladonn’s rep an e-mail, but the response was an emphatic “No.” I said something like, “Hey, so I guess Belladonna did an interview with Barbara Walters years ago and I’d like to get her side of the story…” Um, I actually looked up the interview and it was Diane Sawyer… dumbass! Oops. Okay, so I’m bad about doing my research, but my intentions were noble! Still not interesting to write about, because I will interview someone soon and they will want to be interviewed and it will be great!
And then I rifled through some old files and found this query letter buried in one of my external hard drives. I think it’s pretty good, for a query letter. And it make this week’s post light, which will more match the mood of my fellow cyber-scribes while they look for Mike around the globe (from home) and he taunts them shamelessly. 😀
This is not a fresh piece of work, but only editors have read it – publishing house people, you know – and I think it really sort of exemplifies, for me, what is so great about writing.
I love words, I love painting a picture, and I really love the punchy, condensed challenge of summing up a story. I think this paints the perfect picture of my life, at that time, from 2002 to 2004. I will quote the one pushy publisher who was actually really interested in my work, but for whom I could not bend because it just bored me to death to think of writing a straight autobiography, “The query letter is a photograph in time,” and I will add to that,“…and this photograph beautifully captures a movement in progressive insanity.” Thank you, Richard, for believing in me…
When it comes to going over life’s edge and climbing back to the top one jagged little rock at a time, no one lives out or writes about the cartoon parody of it all nearly as well, or as realistically, as Julie Meadows.
Julie Meadows creates a comic book caricature of herself in this nonfiction collection of short stories about her indelible life as an actress, call girl and all around American female degenerate in her debut book entitled Ugly/Beautiful. Julie paints herself in kaleidoscopic colors as the ultimate quixotic female. She portrays her life vividly, with raw, wild and intimate emotion, true to the reality of living the life of the alternative kind. From youth and adulthood, marriage, divorce and carousing with men while looking for meaning in the garish, yet translucent world of Los Angeles, no one makes disaster look quite so delicious.
Julie Meadows is a comical chameleon and a real icon for the liberated modern woman. Indulge and bite into a slice of her chaotic life. Ugly/Beautiful is a must read! You won’t be able to put her down.
Ha! Now that is one fun query letter, baby! 😀