For those of you interested in queries that succeeded in getting book contracts, here is Deborah and my original query for Pride and Prejudice and Kitties:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND KITTIES
humor, pop culture
Finally, chick lit meets kit lit!
Jane Austen is hot and cats are happening. Yet of the dozens of popular books on Jane Austen and scores of funny cat books, not one combines the enduring novelist with the endearing feline. The world is ready for “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” – a playful mash-up of the well-loved classic novel and the perverse perspective of the naughty, haughty kitty. Better than CliffsNotes: the adorable meets the absurd.
In “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” wacky illustrations of cats in Regency settings are juxtaposed with the wicked humor of Jane. The book will follow the general outline of Pride and Prejudice. There are 61 chapters in Pride and Prejudice, and “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” will contain 2-1/2 pages for each chapter (a half-page “kittified” summary of the action, a page of text from the original novel, and a page with the photograph and quote). Thus the book will have approximately 150 pages and 60-80 photographs. A full proposal including sample chapters is available upon request.
“Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” is a book for cat-lovers, Austen-lovers, and people who love to laugh – in other words, just about everyone. It’s the book you can’t wait to share with your mother-in-law or your best friend, the one who is obsessed with Jane Austen and cats.