Below 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