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Hitchhiking in the Philippines, incorrect EnglishBelow is my query letter for an agent for my new book. I need your help making it perfect.  I will give this to an agent, he or she will read it, and if it’s good they will be so interested in the idea that they will ask of a synopsis of my chapters.  Please read it, and tell me what you think in the comments below. It isn’t perfect, but you can help make it perfect ;).

I am seeking representation for my Travel-Memoir: Where the Wind Blows: Exploring the World on $5 a day

Three years abroad (this time) and I was ready to go home. I changed out of my scrubs, leaned against a palm tree, threw out my thumb, and hitchhiked 20,000 miles around the world. I could do this thanks to the dozens of travel gurus, who had helped me push my fear aside and had introduced me to a worldwide subculture of extreme traveling that rejects “tourism” and embraces something wholly new, yet as old as mankind.

I knocked on unfamiliar doors. I opened my mind, I met strangers and I made family. In villages I fled from marriage proposals and ate fried roaches. I got lost in a jungle without food or water. I sheltered from a sandstorm and I drank from stalactites. While hitchhiking, I passed out from the heat and watched my lips turn blue in the cold. I scaled down a cliff, and swallowed my fear, and my blood. I held my true love amid bombed out cities and together we watched out for wolves in dark and wild forests. I slept on Skid Row with the nicest crackheads and I learned that the world is amazing, and the people in it more so.

Where the Wind Blows: Exploring the World on $5 a day uses literary style and 75,000 words to tell a story of adventure, of travel, of love, and of amazement. I will be posting the hundreds of photos and videos of my adventures online. The book will appeal to the millions of Gap yearers, backpackers, tourists, and travelers within us all.

Where the Wind Blows takes the reader on my adventure, where like in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, I constantly seek the freedom the travel provides me. It resonates with the human idea that we can place obstacles in our path, defeat them, and learn how to overcome others, just like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. It shows the world how sweet and helpful people are, and how they will gladly accept and help strangers just like the people depicted in Mike McIntyre’s The Kindness of Strangers. It embraces the danger, the happiness, and the sadness of travel that faced Chris McCandless in Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.

My travel stories have been featured on Rick Steves’ travel podcast and I have been invited back to do another interview once I am ready to publish this book. I have also presented my travels live to a TEDx gathering and on Major TV stations in China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. I’ve also been publishing smaller travel stories, and in the process built a travel blog with 10,000 monthly visitors. My story has received publishing offers in China; however, I feel — I know — it is more financially sound to target the US market first.

I am still on the road after eight years of travel. Nowadays I travel with my wife, who I fell in love in the war zone, and our one-year-old son. I am looking forward to producing more travel-memoirs featuring my traveling family.

Please let me know if you’d like to look over the completed manuscript.

Thanks for your consideration,

Eric G. P.

Writer and Traveler

 

 

Hey, I’m Eric, www.YourWorldYourHome.com is my travel blog. I write this website to show you how easy it is to live, work and travel all around the world. I’ve been traveling almost 8 years now. I’m just about to publish my new book Where the Wind Blows: Traveling around the World on $5 a day

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5 Comments

  1. Eric can you post me a pdf Form. ..easier to show edits…not many….and hope you are ready to send out a numbnumber of letters….these guys and gals can be tough…
    Happy NewYear aand good luck

  2. I can see why The Worst Travel Guide to Cambodia must be a disapointmental to you,but I want to read it and I’m not in Cambodia yet.Kindle store lists it but won’t sell it .Is there anyway I can get a copy out of you direct — in Kindle or epub form?I can maybe send you some bucks by post or PayPal .Your new one looks interesting esp.the air ticket buying info.I’m sorta on the road myself but slower and calmer as I’m pushing 70 and can’t dance the fast tunes like I used too. In Bali Indonesia and will boogie on to Cambodia on my March Social Security check.Anyway,maybe we will bump into each other sometime—Seeya filet222@gmail.com

    • Hey Phil, hope your are enjoying your adventure 🙂 Sounds like a blast. Amazon doesn’t let me sell to some countries. It’s annoying. But yea, I will email you a copy. If you want, you can donate 4.49 to me 🙂 Just try to donate button at the bottom of the page – I’ve never used it before, so hopefully it will work.
      Safe travels and perhaps we will meet on the road someday 🙂 I’m in the Philippines at the moment, but I’ll be back to Cambodia sometime soon, after all, it’s my second home and I truly love it.

  3. Hi Eric! I somehow stumbled across your blog and would love to help you out. I don’t know any book agents but I can help you read your manuscript and perhaps offer you some sort of feedback? I’ve done that with my friend’s travel memoir, and I’m a freelance writer, so reading critically isn’t new to me. 🙂

    Feel free to send it to me at thetinywanderer@gmail.com

    • Hey Piccola, sure I would love to send you my book for a critique. Give me a few more days and I will, right now I am on the final edit 🙂

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