Saturday Review: Writing and Knowing what to Write…

I have been very remiss about the Saturday email reviews… but this one I need to comment on simply because it is something…. well I’ll let you decide. I will say this: writing is not money.

As is my practice I am not giving out personal information just the email void of personal information. It saves time, and avoids pain. (For those who don’t know “This book” is where the title is… but kind reminder a title should give interest, hence why some have a working title.)

“Dear ()

I have some news: After many years of writing I have a book finished. I now need money. I deserve money for all the writing I did. I know I will get money. This book is a mystery, and I love mysteries, and knew I could write one.

I love your review of the Jackson girls mystery book. I read it through and it helped my mystery novel. Still, The gentleman who writes these S. Jackson mystery novels is a every good writer. I read his blog all the time. I read all your blogs, and they are well written. The books you suggest are cool. I have a few ideas that will help you blogs.

I also like the book about Jane, and the writer is another cool writer. It is great to be able to read all these books. The mystery in it is awesome, but I think my book will make the Jane book a needed read.

I need this book published right away and have big plans for this book. It is 150,129 words long, and will make a great paperback. Enclosed is the book.

Thanks for Your time, ()”


Last I check Sasha Jackson was only one person, and the author is JILL Edmondson. ( That isn’t a guy people…!)

I know a lot of people might suggest that writers bring a name or three of authors they have read, but really, the books that this writer refers to are: Blood and Groom by Jill Edmondson, and Janeology by Karen Harrington.

I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing both books, so I’ll leave it to these lovely authors to add about their great books.

Yes writing is a part of life for many people, but often it is for passion and for joy and of course for money. Which one comes first in your life is up to you. Of course I can talk all about it when i say that what writing means to me, is that passion that I don’t think this writer has… yet.


  • C. Pinheiro, EA ABA

    Rebecca, is this an actual query letter?

    You're right– writing is not money. Even for me, and I write textbooks. I have to be divorced from the outcome when I'm actually writing. If I think about the profit too much, it makes it impossible to finish anything.

  • Rebecca

    C.– yes it is in fact, an actual query letter that I got for a literary agent I used to work with… I had to re-read it afew time, but they took the suggestion of saying "I read you blogs" a bit too much… but then made teh mistake of not actually reading what i wrote.

    K. Harrington– not a problem you were emtioned in teh queyr letter it is my pleasure to correct the title and all.

  • Jill

    Hey Rebecca & Folks,

    Uhhh… I don't know what to say… is this a joke (the query letter, not your blog posting).

    If it's an actual letter (as you said in your reply to a comment above), then oh dear.

    Thanks for the shout out! "Blood and Groom" just went to a secon printing! The next Sasha Jackson book – "Dead Light District" – will be out in December. Yippeee!

    Cheers & thanks & good karma πŸ™‚


  • Rebecca

    Jill– didn't notice a thing. Yes that is why it made it on my blog… it is an actual query letter, and they "saw" my name elsewhere as well.. still… I was hoping I was correct that it was Blood and Groom, I should I have the book!

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