See Jane Soar – Query Letter

If you want an agent, editor, or publisher to request your book proposal or manuscript, you have to write a compelling query letter! Here’s a query letter for my latest book idea, See Jane Soar: 200 Women Who Weren’t Well-Behaved. This query letter led to contract offers from two different agents (I happily signed with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency; for more info, read 12 Steps to Finding a Literary Agent on Quips & Tips for Successful Writers).

My query letter for See Jane Soar:

“Well-behaved women rarely make history,” said Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. 

That’s because well-behaved women don’t rescue men in the Wild West, discover Radium, or achieve Hollywood stardom after being fired from countless chorus-line jobs. Well-behaved women don’t speed 300 miles/hour around a race track, trek in the Egyptian desert in full Victorian garb – and they certainly don’t soar into the mysterious unknown.

This is just a quick e-mail query. Would you like to review a full book proposal with sample chapters? If so, I can ground mail or e-mail it right away.


See Jane Soar! 200 Women Who Weren’t Well-Behaved:

Following Their Hearts, Making History

Several biographies describe women who didn’t behave and made history – but few anthologies provide real-life applications for readers.

What can we learn from the divas, outlaws and entrepreneurs who pursued their passions? What do they have that many of us lack? Juice, life force, energy, passion, vision, and the ability to embrace change. We have juice but life drains it. We have dreams but our mothers, partners, kids, jobs, and our own personalities can override them. We get rejected, depressed, anxious and scared…and we stop living even though we’re still breathing. 

That’s why we need to see Jane soar.

See Jane Soar:

  • Presents brief, accurate profiles of historical and contemporary women from all cultures and nationalities.
  • Emphasizes personality traits, achievements, and struggles. Each profile includes quotes from the woman and direct life applications for the reader.
  • Highlights 10 different categories: outlaws, divas, athletes, politicians, explorers, entrepreneurs, etc.. Readers can easily access subjects that interest them.

 This book offers more than a link to history. It inspires women to change and grow, to achieve their goals – whether that means earning a PhD, losing that last 10 pounds, or asking for a bank loan. Readers will see themselves in the lives of these women who courageously pursued their talents and dreams. They’ll learn that Annie Oakley didn’t shoot photographs and Annie Leibovitz didn’t shoot targets because they followed their own hearts, minds, and souls.

See Jane Soar! will encourage women to accept and nurture who they truly are.

Series potential

See Jane Soar! could morph into a calendar or daily journal for holiday or first-day-of-school gifts. A “soar” series is possible: 200 girls who didn’t behave and changed history – or 200 Canadians, seniors, athletes, teachers, people with disabilities, people with diseases, and so on.

About the author

My degrees in Education and Psychology give me a solid background with which to research and write this book. I lived and taught in Africa for three years and traveled worldwide – I know how exciting it is to soar!

And I write. My publications include articles for Woman’s Day, Flare, Reader’s Digest, Glow, aliveEsteem, Good Times, Today’s Health and Wellness, and cahoots

Let me know if you’d like to review a full book proposal. 

Yours truly,  

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Fellow scribes, if you have any questions or thoughts on this See Jane Soar query letter, please comment below! And, check out my Unveiling Vancouver Query Letter for another example 🙂

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