A fun cover letter I wrote for some freelance work

To the person whose book I’m looking forward to reading whether or not she chooses me as her editor:

As a skilled content and copy editor with nearly 15 years of experience, I believe I am an ideal match for the book editor position. I was thrilled to find an opportunity that reflects both my career background and obsession with the 1980s!

I have extensive experience writing and editing for a pop culture-savvy audience, primarily through two years working at Hasbro (including proofreading hundreds of Trivial Pursuit cards) and four years at Atari (including work on the PC game manuals for Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and My Little Pony).

I will painstakingly chart your novel’s plot, characters, themes, and settings for complete continuity. My well-trained eagle eyes will catch grammar and punctuation errors faster than Schoolhouse Rocky. I will examine the structure and flow of your novel while ensuring you maintain a consistent voice throughout. As I do this thorough content edit, I will be sure to answer the important questions, such as:
» Who’s that girl?
» Do you come from the land down under?
» How am I supposed to live without you?
» What did you think I would do at this moment?
» Don’t you want me, baby?
» Where do broken hearts go?
» Do you really want to hurt me?

Please let me know if you would like a list of references who would be happy to attest to my editing skills and impeccable work ethic. All will recommend me as a detail-oriented professional who is diligent about quality.

My resume is attached. Please contact me for further proof that I am the best candidate for your editing needs.

I’m going to go cuddle with my prized Dynamite magazines as I await your reply.


updated: 14 years ago