2,100 words, epistolary comic science fiction
Dear Mr. Garza,
By now you should have received the check from my attorneys. I know you were being facetious when you blogged that your consulting rate for advising aspiring writers was $10,000 an hour, but I decided to take you literally.
Please excuse me for being pushy, but I have a proposition. If you decide not to take it, feel free to keep the check as compensation for your time.
My name is Ferenc Zsigmondy. I am a private investor here in Hungary. Donít bother googling me (I keep a low profile). I can assure you I have the resources for what I propose.
For quite a while now I have followed you on twitter, facebook, etc. I love your novels, especially the first few.
[This message has been edited by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (edited October 03, 2011).]
Best of luck. Feel free to send over the story if you are interested in serious readers.
Good luck with it.
Just to clarify the text says "private investor" not investigator. I will replace with "venture capitalist"
That said, because the Nigerian email and its ilk ARE already so well-known, I'm not quite able to grasp yet a sense of character that differentiates this parody (I'm assuming it's a parody? apologies if I misread it) from the spam emails. I'd like to see a stronger introduction of the investor's character & motivation, so it's him we're thinking of instead of the emails.
Something that might help here is looking at the logical loopholes. For example, why would a smart investor recognize a claim as a joke but decide to take the joke literally anyway? Perhaps adding a reason would help ("...but your work is so extraordinary, I decided to take you literally in the hopes you would accept").
Similarly, why would a smart investor happily donate $10,000 even if his proposal is rejected? Most of the people of means I know tend to count pennies even more carefully than the rest of us and would expect a full refund.
Those are the sorts of things that remind me of the Nigerian emails' claims of lofty generosity--maybe changing those up might help set your story apart more? Just an idea.
I'm intrigued that you've labeled your story comic science fiction, which tells me you've probably got a few scifi twists up your writing sleeve that might make the story a real hoot. If you're looking for readers, I'd be glad to give it a go if you like.
I would love to send this to you but dont have your email address. mine is OliverBuckram@gmail.com.
This is not meant to be spam-like but rather fan-letter-like. clearly i need to work on it. perhaps something like "By now you have received my check for $10,000. I hope it got your attention."