My query - Don’t be kind please. Here’s my query letter, the comparison with similar books, and the table of content (chapter outline), the whole proposal. I’ll appreciate your criticism. Being kind in these things doesn’t help. The harsher you are, the better. I chose a kind of sensational approach in my query with strangely sounding claims like ‘what is moral is illegal’ and ‘just a few generations removed from tribal existence’. My intention was to catch the attention of the agent. I’m not sure it’s the right approach though. Perhaps an agent will not be hooked, but will think that this sounds too absurd and nonsensical to deserve checking. I’m also not sure about the tense I use in my table of content. I found a lot of samples of query letters, but no tables of content. Dear ………. (specific name), I note you represented ( author, Title,)…… and I have written a book on a related topic. BULGARIA IN EU: A MATCH MADE IN HELL is a 105,000 word insider’s view of the Bulgarian society and judiciary from the perspective of a Bulgarian attorney. My book can be classified as eurosceptic as it suggests Bulgaria is ill-suited to be in one club with the Western countries and that EU attempts to address this reality are misguided. The year 2014 will see work restrictions lifted. A rough comparison is as though every Mexican may freely settle in the USA. There are publications on how many Bulgarians are expected to move to the UK, but there are none about the culture of those immigrants. The book sheds light on little known facts such as Bulgarians are just a few generations removed from tribal existence. It covers counter-intuitive mechanisms: For example, in the West law and order go together; in Bulgaria, the enforcement of the law causes disorder. In the West morality and legality go together; in Bulgaria what is moral is illegal. In the West liberal policies (such as high taxation) go against the interest of the rich; in Bulgaria the super rich have become so thanks to liberal policies.The book will appeal to many in the UK who harbour worries about a large influx of new emigrants. In some respects it is the topic of the day because, with UK considering whether to stay in the EU. The new immigration wave may become the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I am a Bulgarian lawyer and live in Bulgaria. I have published hundreds of articles in some of the biggest national newspapers such s the Trud Daily, Novinar Daily and Pari Weekly. Some of these are available on the web and may be found by googling my name in Cyrillic. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Sincerely yours, My book is at the intersection of Bulgaria and euroscepticism. The two go hand in hand these days. Nigel Farage talks about the Bulgarians and the Romanians who are coming to UK and on his party website there’s even a clock counting the time left. There are no serious books about the contemporary Bulgarian society on Amazon. Here are all that can be found: - How To Buy Property In Bulgaria: A Brit's Scrapbook: Everything a Brit Needs to Know About Buying,Investing and Enjoying One of the World's Fastest Growing Property Markets. As the name suggests, this book has a rather special subject. - Bulgaria (Lonely Planet Country Guides). Obviously this book gives the perspective of a tourist guide. The same goes for The Rough Guide to Bulgaria (Rough Guide Travel Guides) - CultureShock! Bulgaria: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Cultureshock Bulgaria: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette). This book does not explain the inner workings of the Bulgarian society. It is superficial and the information in it can easily be found on the internet in English, not to mention that not all of it is correct. - Bulgaria by Frank Fox is something different, but it has been first published in 1915. Still they are doing well on Amazon. Eurosceptic books are popular on Amazon, however none of these concern the kind of immigrants to be expected from Bulgaria. Introduction Overview of sources for studying Bulgaria. Many statistics, that in the West are taken for granted, are not compiled in this country. Other reasons why it is impossible to study Bulgaria by documents alone. Examples from the Soviet era and from the present-day Bulgarian judiciary. How unreliable a source the Bulgarian press is. Chapter 1: Taxation Without Representation EU powerless to solve the internal Bulgarian problems unless the funds come hand in hand with hand-cuffs. Bulgarians willing to lose their sovereignty. Chapter 2: Historical Roots Morality and Law in an Historical Context. Why Bulgarian history is not made by Bulgarians. The national holiday reflects the fact that Bulgarian history is not made by Bulgarians. Chapter 3: Frontage The gap between reality and documentation in the society and in the practices of state officials. To fulfil Western stereotypical expectations the middlemen named themselves ‘agents’. Power parallel to state power. Why whatever diplomatic pressure is brought by Brussels against Sofia, it will not make much difference. Bulgaria willing to enact any law as long as it is not enforced. Chapter 4: The Bulgarian State and Politics The popular myth of the 1300 years of Bulgarian history. In the East founding a state is not necessarily about a declaration or an international treaty and therefore there may not be a concrete year of establishing it. What statehood Bulgaria had faded away at the beginning of the 90s. These days it is in process of being created again. The natural selection of Bulgarian politicians The traditions of the people beget mafia-like social relations daily. The visible part of the Boyko Borisov’s biography. The author’s personal experience with the Bulgarian press with respect to being able to publish critical articles about him. Circumstantial evidence of the unofficial power of Borisov. Historical analogies between the emergence of the western states in the Middle Ages and of the Bulgarian one in 21st century. Chapter 5: Organized Crime and the State The rule of Borisov explained as monopolization of the underground power through taking possession of the official institutions. Why strengthening the said institutions to serve the organized crime may be a positive outcome. The traditional lack of clarity about the property rights and how this makes the economy inefficient. Why the organized crime is an intrinsic part of the economy. How the local deal-making traditions make violence indispensible. Chapter 6: Morality and Legality: Its Effect On the Bulgarian State An overview of the western, of the totalitarian and of the post-totalitarian types of state. The ability of the Bulgarian populace to substitute the legal rules with its own ways, to sabotage determined bosses and to resist being disciplined. National sensitivity thresholds proving stronger than any legal mechanism. The “not being singled out” concept and how it is related to the extent to which law is kept. Live and let live attitudes. An equilibrium between legality and illegality tends to be reached because of purely social factors that have nothing to do with enforcement. Paradoxical situations where corruption prevents total disintegration of the state machinery. Chaos in Bulgaria stemming from the fact that more than one set of rules applies to a given situation. Ostracism as means of enforcing morality. Morality stronger than legality. Peaceful coexistence of legal and illegal practices. Following the herd as the winning strategy. Bulgarians being a few generations from tribal existence. Translated examples of web forums that give an idea of the aggressiveness that characterizes the local society. The 2011 clashes between Bulgarians and Gypsies as an example of switching between morality and legality as dominant social regulators. The specific meaning of the word “morality” in the book. Why morality is detrimental. Architecture that reflects alienation from statehood. Relativistic morality where anything can be substantiated and anything goes. The inefficient Bulgarian way of life. Why if a Bulgarian is to be taken seriously, he has to be threatening. Morality and legality being mutually corrosive. Chapter 7: Family or Nation Any organization above the family level is bound to split. Clarifying the term ‘family’ that has specific meaning in the book. The Bulgarian economy as a zero–sum game. Morality as propaganda rather than a set of rules. Majority looses to the short term benefit of the few. The Bulgarian people are a non-entity. Why Bulgarians talk so much and do so little. Voting as a “feel good” activity. Twaddle and barking - the two types of talk. Bulgarians do not live on a national level, but they are not individualistic either. Hating homosexuals holding society together. The bigger the state gets, the more real power slips from it. The rich being interested in left politics The NGO sector as a projection of the Western expectations. Chapter 8: Lawyers, Courts and Civil Justice in Bulgaria The assembly line of justice: a comparison between the work-load of the judges in Bulgaria and in UK revealed through the atmosphere in the respective court-rooms. The so called ‘straw’: a device from the kitchen of Bulgarian Justice that helps coping with the overload but replaces the rule of law with tribalism. Нow the low-level administration can determine whether to be controlled by the Judiciary or not. Statistics on settlements: a key issue no report talks about. Why there are no incentives to settle. Chapter 9: Some Modest Proposals In practice lawyers in Bulgaria are prohibited to work on contingency-fee basis and what the consequences of this are. Examples of unnecessary administrations. The more transparent parliament sessions seems to be, the less transparent they are in reality. A problem with Bulgarian penal justice no one talks about: Increasing the number of statues leads to slowing the pace of prosecuting each crime.