Wednesday, November 12, 2008

GumboWriters: Sample Query Letter that Worked #18

Dear Jessie,

Les Brown says in the forward to my new book that it is an "honor" to write about my grandmother, Dr. Victoria Millen Richards.  Many know her from the history books. Before Malcolm X, Before Martin Luther King there was my grandmother. She was sweet and loving  as our grandmother, yet the reality of her public persona as "a force to be reckoned with" was sometimes depressingly difficult.

 Dr. Victoria Millen Richards is known as one of the most powerful influential and important American Icons in history yet few know the intimate side.  We were blessed that our grandmother was not assassinated, yet what happened to her family after her death was just as criminal. Although many books have been written about my grandmother, none have been written from the viewpoint of one of her family members.

 Jessie, for the past 22 years I have been a motivational speaker and economic development specialist for community organizations. I am often called upon to speak around the country on topics centered around fundamentals established by my grandmother as well as personal insights relating to her life.  I have strong relationships with community organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of Colored People, the Links, The Urban Council, most FASK, the Richards-Baker University Alumni Association, The Texas Southern Alumni, Delta Sigma Theta, The Junior League, American Red Cross and others.  All these organizations are poised to support this book.
I am also on the Board of Directors for KDSR radio in Houston and I serve as a Director of the Pacifica National Board and along with the 5 stations of the network, we have 143 affiliate stations across the country and in 4 foreign countries.  I am guest editor for Interest Magazine. I do a bi-monthly radio show called The way to the Light.  I have also written many articles in Nebraska , community organization and political issue publications.

My book entitled, Victoria's Daughters is more than an autobiographical project. It is my story and my remembrances of a historical figure and the affect of her life on the lives of her grandchildren. The issues that my grandmother spoke about and fought for during her life time are as relevant today as they were in her heyday. Our father was her only child and spent his life working with her in developing the college and many of her other major projects. Yet, most people do not even know that she has living direct descendents.  This book is the why they don't know.
If you would care to take a look at Victoria's Daughters: From Light to Dark, please let me know.


Dr. Naomi Richards

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