“Mr. _______, hoping to have the files for you in three weeks’ time if not sooner. Many thanks!”
Here’s my initial pitch, which I recycled for this second book’s proposal.
“Maine memoir and creative nonfiction describe the Maine Metaphor series. In Maine Metaphor the emphasis is not personal, as it is in Carolyn Weber’s Surprised by Oxford; but natural and cultural as in The Maine Woods (Thoreau), Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard), or Dakota by Kathleen Norris. In Maine Metaphor the reader is immersed in Maine, the region, and an experience of a newcomer relishing the natural adventure. Five books in the sequence, Maine Metaphor is divided geographically (4) and seasonally (1), and composed over the course of 25 years.”
Once a book is accepted, Wipf & Stock’s materials submission process includes a mock interview. I’m not sure of its purpose, except perhaps to get you in practice. I plan to ask them to post it (this time) to the book page so I can link it here. A sample question/answer of my own devising for the new book (Experience in the Western Mountains):
- “How were you able to go to school and live while writing?
“My spouse supported our family as you’ll see in the book—not so I could write but so I could eat! He had his own struggles earning in this part of Maine. He is retired now, so the income is fixed, but it’s still difficult for others making a living here.”
I’d like to see something like this on the cover because it is Maine mountainous. And I’ve a concern that the photo on these covers be quintessential Maine.
Grateful for this news.