Dear [name of agent, or editor],
“I’m a librarian and I kissed a film star once. I touched her nipples too. At least, I think I did.”
So begins the first story in my 75,000-word collection, A Cupboardful of Shoes. Horatio Humphries, on a rough Atlantic crossing, strikes up a brief friendship with star Hélène Martin, while his twin brother Arnold doesn’t believe him—particularly when he claims she visited him the following night. In the second story, “A Pregnant Woman with Parcels at Brock and Bagot,” an unnamed woman may or may not have an affair with a man she met at a party, depending on whether she can get by a woman in front of her.
Other stories are about disappointed love and about violence and war. Some are satirical, some are experimental with unreliable narrators. They are set in North America and those European countries I know from being fluent in six languages and teaching at Queen’s University in Canada. Most have been published in literary journals.
My recently published novel, Sardinian Silver, published by iUniverse, was winner of the fiction category of the Pinnacle Books Achievement Award, finalist in the Indie Awards, and one of two runners-up in the fiction category of the New York Book Festival. It received an honourable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival.
The US Review of Books says “Writers like Wright help map out the rugged landscape of masculine desire and yearning in a concise and evocative prose that subtly lifts the curtain on the softer parts of manhood … that countless men have been trained to leave untouched and unexplored,” adding “This is a novel … all about a Sense of Place.” Foreword Clarion Review says “Of particular note is Wright’s ability to elicit the morals and mores of 1960’s Sardinia,” while The Chicago Center of Literature and Photography compares me with Lawrence Durrell, adding “this novel is without a doubt as good as one of Graham Greene's… ” Apex Reviews say “Sardinian Silver is an engaging, entertaining read… a sobering, yet amusing reminder of the emotional fragility that lies within us all.”
Would you consider [representing me/publishing my collection]? [I enclose … pages/a brief synopsis/I’ll be happy to send whatever sample you require/etc.] Thank you for your attention.
A. Colin Wright,