LATEST AND SHORTEST REWRITE 11-10-10
November 6, 2010
Mr. John Doe
John Doe Literary Agency
1029 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Dear Mr. Doe,
Demanding operatic divas, naked Irishmen walking in their sleep, and honeymooners leaving remnants of an unforgettable wedding night are all part of the flamboyant and interesting guests who came in and out of my life as an innkeeper; each bringing his or her own unique personality and quirkiness to the table.
OPERATIC DIVAS AND NAKED IRISHMEN: AN INNKEEPER'S TALE is a humorous and poignant account of how an admittedly asocial retired school teacher with no business experience and little start up money converts a turn-of-the-century mansion into a charming bed and breakfast and reinvents herself as an Innkeeper. The reader is taken on a sixteen year journey as Hinchliff wields her way around a variety of contractors, housekeepers and an assortment of strange and interesting guests. In her collected stories, the author gives the reader a personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it's like to be an innkeeper and still retain one's sense of humor. Through sheer tenacity, she successfully negotiates with maintenance men, city officials, fire codes, and blackout shades. Hinchliff shares her insights on the challenges and rewards of a second career along with her collection of stories. At the end of each chapter, the reader will find one or two of the many recipes developed at her Inn.
I am co-author and editor of Room at the Table, a cookbook written for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky for which I won the BBAK President's Award in 2008. In addition to maintaining several websites and blogs, I write online for Examiner.com, Eye on Life, Pink Magazine, and Hub Pages. Holder of degrees in music and special education and certified to teach English, I have taught and written creative non-fiction and poetry throughout my adult life.
OPERATIC DIVAS AND NAKED IRISHMEN: AN INNKEEPER'S TALE offers a fresh approach combining wit and humor with recipes, a subject that will appeal to a wide audience. More specifically, it will appeal to women ready to re-invent themselves, whether they are starting a second career late in life, coming out of a divorce, or forced by the recession to stop mid-career and rethink their options.
Thank you for your time and consideration. A proposal is available upon request.
1213 South First St