Thursday, August 03, 2006
Guess the Plot
1. "In that case, I recommend that Jack switch from Excedrin to Prozac," he said.
I looked at him, counted to 3 and repeated, "My name is Jacki Spain."
"Oh, I thought you said you were Jackie's pain."
2. Jacki thought a summer spent excavating a lost city in Peru would be educational and fun--until she ended up in a dilapidated pickup with a gold-toothed Maoist and an Incan mummy.
3. By day, a florist. By night, an exotic call girl. Until she meets plain-looking horticulturalist Bobby Mainly. Will falling for plain Mainly rein in Jacki Spain?
4. Cole Black is coming off a divorce, and so is Jacki. Two baby boomers deal with midlife problems as they try to find new romance.
5. Like Judy Chicago, Jacki Lippschitz changed her name for her art. Now can she find happiness with Joaquin Phoenix? Or is she doomed to date Marvin Gardens?
6. Her father's tiny sketch of Ibiza had haunted Jacki for years, and no mummified frog-prince was going to prevent her from unlocking its mysteries.
Baby Boomers need romance too! Seventy Six million of us aren’t ready to give up on love, passion and the chance to remain vital and relevant. [As evidenced by the sales figures of Viagra.] We also buy a lot of books. [Baby boomers buy books, I've written a book about a baby boomer, thus you'd be nuts not to want to be my agent.]
JACKI SPAIN, a complete 70,000 word contemporary romance, tells the story of one boomer, Jacki Spain, a woman who experiences typical life changing events: Her children grow up and leave home, and her husband asks for a divorce on the day before she is to start a new career. With the help of her outspoken and funny friend, Annie Mott, Jacki struggles to regain her self-esteem and to establish an independent, happy life for herself
Jacki begins her job at Black Industries, a successful local company started by entrepreneur Cole Black. [Would you name your kid Cole if your last name were Black? It's like naming your kid Skye Blue. Or Snow White.] Cole’s single minded devotion to his company eventually cost him his marriage and now the current economy threatens the very existence of the enterprise he grew from scratch. Besides the economic downturn, Cole must deal with his business partner Jake Drum, who is demanding a buyout. Jake needs cash to pay off a gambling debt to some goons. [Goons? Goons should be up front. You could easily have lost an agent's attention by now, just because you failed to mention that there were goons.] Meanwhile, Jacki rejects her supervisor Jimmy Schmidt’s [Does anyone in this book have a last name with more than one syllable?] advances, and he tries to sabotage her career. Cole doesn’t want Jacki to leave the company so he digs into Jimmy’s past and finds a reason to fire him. [Turns out he's wanted for arson in six states.] Soon after, someone tries to burn BI to the ground. [Hmm. Wonder who.]
[Jacki: Jimmy tried to sabotage my career because I wouldn't put out in the storage room. Either he goes, or I go.
Cole: I'll fire him. But first I'll have to dig into his past and come up with a good reason.]
Throughout all this, Jacki’s growing feelings for Cole and Cole’s for her are at odds with her desire to maintain her independence and to prove she can become successful on her own. [She could never consider herself a success if she were married to Cole, but working in an entry-level position at his company is highly satisfying.] She turns down Cole’s offer of a live-in arrangement, [But agrees to put out in the storage room.] and later his offer of marriage. [What?! I thought this was a romance.] Jacki is okay with the way things are. At least for a while. [Until I get the sequel written. I call it Jacki Black.] [They do end up together, right? If you offer this as a romance, you may want to include that point.]
JACKI SPAIN is a novel that will appeal to a wide range of women who are dealing with the inevitable changes that mid-life brings. Readers will relate to the believable characters and appreciate the clear, often humorous voice with which I tell their story. [What is this, a book on tape?]
Thank you for your consideration.
When Jacki Spain's husband asks for a divorce on the day before she is to start a new career, she is devastated. But with the help of her outspoken and funny friend, Annie Mott, she struggles to regain her self-esteem and to establish an independent life for herself--all while contending with a goon.
Jacki begins her job at Black Industries, a local company started by entrepreneur Cole Black. Cole’s single-minded devotion to his company cost him his first marriage, and now an economic downturn threatens the very existence of the company. On top of that, Cole's business partner, Jake Drum, needs cash to pay off a gambling debt, and is demanding a buyout. Meanwhile, Jacki has a problem of her own: her supervisor, Jimmy Schmidt, makes unwanted advances, and after she rebuffs him, the despicable goon tries to sabotage her career.
Jacki’s growing feelings for Cole are at odds with her desire to maintain her independence and to prove she can become successful on her own. She turns down Cole’s offer of a live-in arrangement, and later his offer of marriage. But Cole is persistent, and Jacki is in love; in time, he wears down her resistance and they live romantically ever after.
JACKI SPAIN, a complete 70,000 word contemporary romance, will appeal to a wide range of women who are dealing with the inevitable changes that mid-life brings. Baby Boomers need romance too! We aren’t ready to give up on love, passion and the chance to remain vital and relevant.
Thank you for your consideration.
The plot doesn't sound as interesting as it probably is. There's the brief sentence about someone trying to burn the place down, but since they apparently failed, who cares? Maybe the place should burn down, and the insurance lapsed, and there's a big mystery: was it Jake, Cole, or Jimmy? Or Jacki? Then Jacki agrees to marry Cole because he's got nothing left, so she won't feel she's being supported etc.
Or maybe there's a big plot development you forgot to mention in the query.