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Monday, May 9, 2011

Query/Cover Letter

May 10, 2011

Deseret Book Company

C/O Jamie Barrett Nelson

P.O. Box 30178

Salt Lake City, Utah 84130

Dear Ms. Nelson,

Do you know what it means to be a kigatsuku person? Are you currently in a “hurricane” or a “bridge” relationship? Do you know what it takes to be “righteous in the dark?” When you were single did you struggle to find your place in the world? Did you feel like a misfit or a menace—like a circle trying to fit into a square? Did you struggle with how to navigate your single life? Well, if you did you are not alone!

Single, So What? is a 53,713-word book about how to be single and happy. It is filled with principles that are catered, but not limited, to single adults who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It used to be an anomaly to be 21+ and single in the LDS culture but now there are entire stakes filled with single adults.

This book is a collection of principles, blog entries, stories, conversations had on couches, floors, kitchen tables, and at many different single adult gatherings. It is filled with practical ways to build the kingdom, make needed changes, find hope, increase faith, and strengthen relationships. Almost everyone has someone in their life that is single so this book will make an excellent gift!

My name is Kylee Shields and I am a 31 year old single adult LDS female. I am currently trying to figure out how to be in a family ward and stay connected to the “single scene.” I am an avid blogger and recently created a fan page on Facebook for Single, So What? that has received 135 “likes’’ so far.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. I have enclosed a SASE for your reply.


Kylee Shields

Please, please, give me your feedback, your changes, your input, and so forth. This is my draft that needs some work.....


  1. Kylee,
    I am a fellow single LDS thirty-year-old and also aspiring fiction author. I came a across your page on facebook and that led me here. I have been reading about query letters and enjoyed yours. Many sources I have read say not to start out asking questions. Maybe that is something you could look into further. Good luck!

  2. Kylee--you are brave 1) because you are submitting your writing and putting yourself out there ... 2) because you put all of your contact info. on the internet, right here, for some psycho to stalk you, since you're a hottie mc hottie and single ... um, just sayin'. But yay for getting published! The end. :)

  3. Thanks Steph for pointing this out. The thing is I usually make sure not to have too many specific descriptors about myself and of course not my address. So thanks for the catch. I went and changed that immediately.

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