Someone on /r/writing yesterday posted a nice discussion thread by the title of Exercise: How would you have pitched your favourite novel if you were the author? and I thought it was a great idea. About 20 redditors enjoyed the query I posted enough to be signed in at the same time they pressed the upvote button, so I thought I’d share it here, too, and maybe 20 wordpressers will enjoy it enough to be signed in at the same time y’all press the like button. Here it is, and don’t forget to click through the link above to see some of the other redditors’ pitches for their favorite novels:
Dear Editor/Agent Person,
After surviving the bombing of Dresden in World War II, Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time. As he uncontrollably slips between then and now, he must deal with the war, everyday family life, and even an abduction by aliens who can see all times at once.
I survived the bombing of Dresden in an underground slaughterhouse meat locker which the Germans were using as an ad hoc detention facility, and I believe my experiences have added a nice bit of realism to such an outlandish piece.
The first twenty pages of the manuscript are attached as requested in your submission guidelines. Thank you for taking the time to consider my query.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Now how would you pitch your favorite novel?