Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight

What To Do When You FINALLY Finish Writing Your Book (!)


Email Subject: Query: XXX (memoir/humor)

Dear kind, savvy and attractive literary agents (all 50++ of you),

I’m seeking representation for my memoir XXX. (My book is not titled XXX; I’m withholding here to add an element of surprise. On second thought though, that’s a pretty intriguing title, isn’t it?).

XXX is about a 22-year-old Gen-X Texas virgin who moves to New York City at the dawn of the millennium, marries a man named Vinny from Queens and fumbles through early adulthood while adjusting to significant cultural differences and a burgeoning digital age.

The story begins in puberty and ends on my 40th birthday, each essay chronicling an experience women of all ages can relate to or find humor in: growing up with quirky mixed-faith parents, a long season of sexual ungainliness, interviewing B-list celebrities as a hair magazine writer, competing on a TV dating show, awkward talks at the gynecologist’s office, urban house hunting adventures and basic reproductive turmoil. It also features practical advice on what to do if your boob explodes in a mental health clinic, you discover your landlord is a XXX (let’s keep that another surprise) and your husband grows a foot-long beard that makes him look like the caveman in a Geico commercial.

The 19 essays bounce between New York City and all across Texas, as my life has, for the last 18 years. Most of them are filled with loving and vivid descriptions of place, local characters, family and food—much of it deep-fried or slathered in bubbling cheese.

I’m a New York City psychotherapist who has been blogging about my personal life for the past few years. I intend to boost interest for this project by reigniting my lifestyle/writing blog Much to My Delight, while I continue developing stories for my next book.

Please let me know if you’d like to look over the completed 49,000 – word manuscript.


Thank you for your consideration.


Jennifer P.

IMG_4598 *Hi everybody. It’s nice to be back. You’ll be seeing a   lot more of me. Unless you’re Tina Fey you need to   have an “established platform” to have a memoir   published these days. Stay tuned. Tweet at me, bro!

**I can’t believe I just told you guys I was a virgin at   22. I must really trust you. Although, if my Grandma is   reading this, I bet she’s feeling pretty smug.

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • Miriam
    Congratulations!!!! That’s such a huge achievement, I’m so happy for you!
    The book sounds amazing, good luck with finding an agent!
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Thanks so much, Miriam. I’ll take all the luck I can get:).
  • Erica
    Congratulations!! Very excited and happy for you. And for us since you’re back!
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      I’m glad to be back! Blogging is fun and low-pressure and I missed it. Hope you and your family are doing well!
  • Sonya
    Congratulations! I’m excited that you’re finished writing and I can’t wait to read it when it is published. Also, there’s no shame in your double asterisked comment.
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Gah! Thanks Sonya! You’re always super encouraging and I appreciate it so much!
  • Marisa
    I am SO excited! Congrats!
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Thank you Marisa! I appreciate your enthusiasm!
  • Jillian
    That’s amazing! Congratulations. I can’t wait to pick a copy up when it comes out.
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Why thank you Jillian! Here’s hoping it really does come out!!