This is the first picture book that I ever wrote and sent out. The story itself stands up to scrutiny after nearly two decades but not my cover letter. I can use this as a teaching tool. Let's spot all the ways how one ought not to write a cover:
The tender friendship between my cat and son from birth through two years is documented in candid photographs. I am sending a manuscript (180 words) and a rough dummy for a 32-page picture book titled, Kali and Baby Max based upon it. [In another letter I offer to let the illustrator use my pictures as inspiration for art.]
Kali and Baby Max is targeted for the youngest readers (age 1-5). It shows the joy of having a pet. Although there are many books on the market with this theme, I have not found a picture book that is as realistic as mine. And it is the reality of the antics that Kali and Max do together that is so fresh and appealing. [Any more adjectives?]
My professional background is in the sciences (B.Sc. Microbiology; Ph.D. Biochemistry) and I have published in scientific journals. I write stories and poems for my children and take writing courses and believe that I will succeed in this new venture. [Brimming with confidence! What relevance does a PhD have for a book for with babies and toddlers, I have no idea.]
I am submitting Kali and Baby Max to other publishing houses but I will promptly notify you if I hear from the others. I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to your reply.