My basic first draft of So You Think You’re Asexual: An Introduction to the Invisible Orientation is complete, though of course there will be lots of updates and changes if I end up finding representation. I’ll be soliciting a test audience if it looks like my book is going to get the kind of interest I want.
My basic query letter (with personalized agent stuff at the beginning, and modified if needed):
What if you weren’t attracted to anyone?
A growing number of people today are identifying as asexual: they aren’t sexually attracted to other people, and they consider it a sexual orientation—like gay, straight, or bisexual. A commonly overlooked and dismissed orientation, asexuality is estimated to affect approximately 1% of the population. However, because of the overt sexuality of society, most asexuals feel isolated and ill-informed; they remain invisible, confused, and think they’re broken because they cannot relate to a central aspect of human life as we know it.
Is it a hormone disorder? Can asexual people have relationships? Should it be cured? This book outlines what asexuality is, counters misconceptions, provides resources, and puts asexual people’s experiences in context as they move through a very sexual world. It includes information for asexual people to help understand their orientation and what it means for their relationships, and it includes tips and facts for those who want to understand their asexual friends and loved ones.
My qualifications for writing this book include the following:
I’ve been writing about asexuality awareness since 1998. As an asexual person casually writing about my own experience, I posted a Top Ten list outlining the most common misconceptions about asexuality on my own website. This earned me media attention and mainstream magazine interviews (“Asexual and Proud,” Salon, May 2005; “No Sex? No Problem,” The Daily Beast, July 2009; “The Opposite of Sex,” Marie Claire, August 2010). Some years (and several interviews) later, I created two series of asexuality-themed YouTube videos to reach a different demographic. One was a video version of my Top Ten list, and the other was an ongoing series called “Letters to an Asexual.”
These earned me more media attention, many subscribers, and a part in a documentary as a major interviewee ((A)sexual by Arts Engine, premiered at Frameline, the gay and lesbian film festival, in June 2011). I also picked up a spot writing articles on the subject for Good Vibrations, a respected sex-positive magazine (“Asexuality is Not Antisexuality,” January 2011; “Sexual Attraction vs. Romantic Attraction,” February 2011; “Are Asexuals Queer?” March 2011; “How to Be an Asexual Ally,” July 2011; and “Why Should the Sex-Positive Community Promote Asexuality Awareness?” October 2011). I’ve been mentioned on international television and interviewed for various academic and human interest pieces, usually pseudonymously under the name “swankivy” or “Ivy,” but my legal name has also appeared in several of the interviews.
I have a full proposal and sample chapters available if you’re interested. Thank you for your consideration.