Alright everyone, Version 2 is here – I’ve made some modifications to to the original letter, so please peruse through and give me feedback – I am absolutely horrible at writing these types of things and tend to go on and on and on about stuff I do not need to – I do believe this is called rambling. It’s currently 451 words, and I fear it might be too long, so HELP!!!
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Lara Girdler; I am addressing this letter today in order to achieve a simple goal: to open the lines of communication through a basic informational interview. I am merely looking to talk with someone who works day-to-day in the industry I so long to join. I am looking to move from the world of finance to the world of publishing where my love of reading and books can be married with a future career. I am not coming to the table with much working knowledge of how the industry works, but some basic knowledge of the industry as a whole. That is where someone in your organization will come into play, as either a mentor, information outlet, or even a one-time conversation, however you choose to look at it, I am simply looking to talk, nothing more.
My educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management with a Minor in International Economics from Hood College, graduating in 2000; then a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, graduating in 2007. It is with this degree that I will hopefully find my ‘home’ in the industry, seeking out new books and finding a way to put them before the general public. Since graduation I have been working mainly in finance support, namely administrative work assisting finance personnel with payroll, billing, and tracking. I am currently employed as a Payroll Support Specialist working in the nuclear industry, assisting our field team with submitting and clearing expense reports and timecards, tracking of pending credit card transactions and managing the bill rates for the field team.
Recently I have begun doing book reviews on a volunteer basis for a small publisher, reading their novels before publishing and giving feedback on the story, what I liked about the story and what I did not like about it. Is the book one I would recommend for other readers, if so why, and if not why? In addition to doing these I have been reviewing Fanfiction work I read on the same level as the ones I have done for the book publisher above, posting these reviews to my personal blog and to retailer websites for the publisher.
If you have stayed with me thus far, Thank-You; to reiterate what I am looking for is insight from someone who works in the industry. That is all I am seeking, someone to talk to and might be willing to help me navigate the industry and find my ‘place.’ Thank-You for considering my request, and I look forward to working with a member of your organization in the future, my contact information is here: