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and privilege of writing back and requesting my material. I took it upon myself many months ago to create a marketing analysis and every week have updated it to include new ideas, formulas and overall the industries general interest in westerns. I took the liberty of researching the western novel market regarding the type of romanctic western genre I have written. I spent several months seeking this information for the day I would be asked to produce it and I am including it with your request for the other materials. I know you did not ask for this at this time, however, I wanted you to know that I have done my homework and hope you find the sincerity with regard to my commitment to writing and following through with a project. I have checked these facts many times, and believe they are as accurate as I can find, and hope they might help you, make a decision on your agency possibly representing me. There were 35 million titles sold last year, mostly Epic and Romance Western’s. Of those 20% went on to become Best sellers. From this market, 5% of westerns have been made into movie, such as, “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus, “Dances with wolves and Open Range” by Kevin Costner, co-written by Robert Duvall, many Louis L’Amour best sellers. Included in the genre of successful movies, Zane Gray has enjoyed much success along with many others western writers. Women have also played a large part developing western books, which have made it to the big screen. Of these is one of the hottest Leading Romance Western Writers, Linda Leal Miller, who enjoyed numerous successes with most of her books, which became best sellers What makes a best seller is the true History, such as being historically correct, those seem to sell better than the average western. DemographicsWoman 18-35 years old, seem to like reading westerns best. Then comes the age group 35-45 years old, placing second in the field of western genre. Finally, a small percentage of women, in the age range 1
of 14-18, complete the circle of readers of westerns. Males- Key groups appear to be 35-55 years old, with the second group being the men in the age range of 55-70 years old, who grew up around the time of Hollywood’s western period. Finishing off the men’s group, and statistically the last, are ages 18-25 more from a lack of western movies made in their time, and a good western author they get to enjoy through their novels. The Graphics are different for men. Men like the action and fighting and the hero status of the good guys, saving the ladies, shooting the outlaws and being the all-around good guys. Woman on the other hand, see the western men as their hero’s and saviors, the dream man riding in from nowhere and being their protector, while falling in love with the character’s strength and the depth of the story. Marketing battle planGet a favorable review in a western magazine, which is read, by a large population, and this is covered all ready. I personally spoke with Bob Bowes Bell, who lives in Arizona and is the CEO and Editor of the "True West" magazine. He stated that when this book “Black Gold” gets published he would like to have a copy sent to him and if he likes it, he will run a full story on the book in his worldwide publication. Mr. Bell stated the reason he would do this for me is that the world needs another Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey in our time. I read him the outline of “Black Gold” and he sounded enthralled with the story. This is very important since I noticed that the novels mentioned in Western Magazines did better over all than any other type of book listed in a major publication. The other major avenues of getting my book out to the public, is through the modeling and book cover jobs I currently am doing and have for many many years. I am on several Romance Authors book covers, and have a large fan base, which has been waiting to buy a copy of this western for quite some time now. I have many more contracts with book covers and at these conventions and photo shoots am able to speak with my contacts about my writings. A T.V. Channel, the “Oxygen Network” will be airing a nationwide contest which will also be seen overseas. If I am able to sign up with an agent and a publisher by the time I get on the show, April 26th through May 1st, 2005, I will be able to open a wide range of new buyers for the book, agent and the publisher. I have been involved in this type of book cover modeling for the last 11 years and have a substainial fan base 2
from my many friends and well-known authors. I will also be able to make appearances at book signings and tours, if I have the money to do so, since I am retired as a Police Officer, Firefighter, and Paramedic and therefore have the time to comitt to this endeavor. One other thing I have going for me is the fact that I have raised both my children for the last 16 years on my own and the women love the fact that I was able to do this. I am not bragging, please understand. I am showing you what my potential for selfpromotion is, regarding getting these books out, and known to the public. What I have in my cornerMen will appreciate the history and non-stop action parts. On the other hand, woman will enjoy the romantic side of the story along with the colorful characters and detail of the period style clothing along with real household items used back in the 1800’s. The growing of food and tender care of a garden was usually the only food the pioneers had and the food preparation, which took place for each meal was an all day task. The women will also appreciate what it took to stand beside their man be it to the death, if needed, and the hardship that the women had to deal with, back then. There is one draw backThe market size for westerns is smaller than most but this will change once good authors are recognized and their work becomes shows the full potential of the westerns again. In addition, my book has to be promoted very well by the Publishing House, the agent, and author alike. It must be made, to stand out from all the rest. This is where the agents job comes in, making it known to the big publishing houses. The stats I read stated the agent is actually the most important aspect of getting the book noticed by a large publisher, and getting the right contract for the author, which brings them both recognition and a monetary reward. Our Target Audiences will be in the 25-55 year old age group, along with carryovers from people that grew up with westerns, in the 1950's and 1960's. Many movie directors are lined up waiting for a good western script to read such as John Woo, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard, Stephen Spielberg and other directors, however they will only read the script if the author is well represented by someone in the industry. (I believe this is you)
The western market sells over $125,000,000,000 billion dollars per year worth of books and movie titles, royalties, toys and likewise items, and is a rapidly renewing industry due to the popularity of the western movies Hollywood has made since 1988. This market is steadily growing with expectations of reaching double the amount of money within 10 years or less. Furthermore, I spent many hours talking to people I contacted, about the western genre information, and most of them said now is the ripe time to get this book out to a large publisher who can help promote it properly, and then to Hollywood. An example I read within the last couple of years in People magazine or Readers Digest, (I can not remember which one), stated that John Woo has told the “People” magazine and the Hollywood Gossip magazines, that before he retired, he wants to find a good western he can make as his legacy. Mr. King, I respectfully request that after you read the book, if there is something I could do better, you would let me know about it, so I may learn from a professional such as yourself. My writing career is in your hands for the time being, and I hope and pray you will allow me the honor of being your client. Thank you for taking the time to request my manuscript and for allowing me a measure of hope in the bleak world of writing. I hope and pray we have a long fruitful relationship ahead of us. Sincerely ________________________________ Isaac Edward Scott. I go by Ed Scott however. P.S. The first six pages of the manuscript start on page 5 because of an epilogue, which may or may not be included. It is on the disk I sent you for your ultimate decision however. Much Obliged Sir for your time
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