The Green Burial Guidebook by Elizabeth Fournier
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Publisher: New World Library
Despite the widespread attention garnered by Jessica Mitford’s 1963 exposé of the funeral industry, The American Way of Death, the American way of death still includes average funeral expenses of between $8,000 and $12,000. What’s more, every year conventional burials in the U.S. bury 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid, containing carcinogenic formaldehyde; hundreds of thousands of tons of wood, steel, copper, and bronze caskets; and millions of tons of concrete vaults. There is a better way and Fournier, affectionately dubbed the “Green Reaper,” walks readers through it, step-by-step. With green burial and home funeral basics to legal how and what’s; choices in practices (at home, at sea, etc.); and even detours into examples of celebrity green burials; this is comprehensive and compassionate guidance. The idea of a “good death” has been much discussed. Fournier points the way to good post-deaths, ones that consider the environmental well-being of the planet and the economic well-being of loved ones.
Preorder this fascinating book on Amazon now!
Martin Literary’s newest editorial intern joined us yesterday for her training day. I met Madi at the Seattle Writing Workshop and was instantly impressed by her smarts and go-getter attitude. I’m so happy to have her on board for this school year.
Madi will be helping me respond to submissions, evaluate manuscripts, edit actual client manuscripts, research, and so forth.
She’s pictured here, double-fisting my two kittens, Maple and Mulberry.
You can follow her on Twitter at @madeline_seaman
I look for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make readers pee their pants laughing, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives.
2018 Conferences, Workshops & Events:
- Mount Herman Christian Writers Conference. Will take meetings, host meal tables, and teach a workshop called The Art of the Query Letter. Mount Herman, CA. March 2018.
- Seattle Writing Workshop. Will take pitch sessions, sit on panel. Seattle, WA. April 2018.
- SCBWI Agent Day. St. Louis, MO. April 2018.
- Northwest Christian Writers Renewal Conference. Bellevue, WA. June 2018.
- SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference. La Mirada, CA. June 2018.
- PNWA Writers Conference. Seattle, WA. September 2018.
- SCBWI-Oregon Fall Retreat. Salem, OR. September 2018.
- Taking meetings in New York. October 2018.
2017 Conferences, Workshops & Events:
Adria accepts queries for picture books, middle grade, young adult, as well as Lifestyle books, quirky gift books, Christian Living titles, devotionals, and everything else under the Christian umbrella.
Please send your queries to Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.com
I am looking for work featuring diverse characters, nontraditional family structures, and character-driven narratives.
I am looking for Lifestyle books that feature accessible recipes, craft tutorials, gardening basics, with quirky lists or other interactive elements.
For fiction queries, please include a query letter and the text of the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. Also, please include a link to your Twitter account, if you have one.
For nonfiction queries, such as Lifestyle or Christian Living titles, please include a query letter and the proposal attached as a PDF or Word doc to the email.
I went on a mini-rant on Twitter about how much I dislike reading dream scenes.
I understand that dream scenes are supposed to give you insight into the character’s psyche, but they read as heavy-handed and make the writing feel lazy.
If a character has a fear of their father, for example, I don’t want to read about a dream the character has in which their father is represented by a giant stomping around their neighborhood, yelling in a booming voice and then transforming into a herd of spiders. Okay, in hindsight that actually sounds kind of awesome, but I still would much rather read about a childhood memory that shows why the character is afraid of their father.
Show me a moment from the protagonist’s childhood– that moment in the grocery store where the father kicked a display of cereal boxes and caused the entire mountain of boxes to come toppling down on top of the protagonist. Describe to me the sharp edges of the cereal boxes digging into your character’s arm. Tell me about the grocery store manager trying to calm the father down. Show me something like that.
Dream scenes are almost never enjoyable to read, anyway. They’re confusing and weird and it’s not much different from your spouse or your coworker telling you about the dream they had last night. Dreams are interesting when you experience them, but so boring to hear about.
Cut the dream scene out of your manuscript. Don’t take the easy way out. Your story will thank you, your characters will thank you, and your future readers will thank you.
My wish list…
Last updated: November 15, 2018
I look for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that take the reader on an adventure, that uncover fascinating stories from history’s footnotes, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives.
What I represent, in general:
- Picture books
- Middle Grade
- Young Adult
- Gift books/coffee table books
- Adult Nonfiction
- Christian Living
- Graphic Novels (MG/YA)
- In 2018 I’m particularly hoping to build up my list of picture book author/illustrator clients!
- Magical feel (See The Night Gardener, The Antlered Ship, Owl Moon for reference.)
- Stories that celebrate the ordinary magic of everyday life: moments like capturing fireflies, making bread, watching a bird murmuration, the Northern Lights, planting a seed and having it grow into a living plant, and so on.
- Pop science, or exploring something peculiar that happens in nature (unique/quirky animals, plants, etc.)
- Nature stories
- Food + cooking + recipes (making a family recipe)
- A story from history’s footnotes
- Natural hair routine: a mother/daughter story
- Foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
- Anything that loops in Mexican culture in particular (recipes, traditions, etc.)
- Refugee stories told in a unique way
- An #OwnVoices piece about a Native American legend from a tribe within Washington state (Especially something from the Puyallup Tribe, Maka Tribe or How Tribe.)
- Lesser-known cultural traditions
- House-cleansing or blessing ceremonies/traditions
- Biography of a lesser-known woman in history (particularly a WOC)
- Spooky (See How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green for my spooky book crush.)
- Girl power
- Quirky story about cats (very picky on these!)
- Creative/artistic process (in the vein of Peter Reynolds’ The Dot, Ish)
- Bilingual (esp. Spanish/English)
- Something that introduces the concept of different personality types (ex: through the Enneagram)
- NF exploration of taste as a sense/taste buds/etc.
- A story set in the Pacific Northwest! Perhaps a lyrical ode to our trees + gorgeous environment? Or something about PNW culture, like hiking, camping, etc. I’d like this to be written by someone who currently lives here, please!
- Historical fiction
- Take me on an adventure! (Trends in PBs + YA are ever-changing, but when it comes to MG, MG readers wanting to go on an adventure seems to be an evergreen priority.)
- Anything magic-tinged
- Multicultural slice of life
- Thriller/suspense (esp. in the vein of The Dollhouse Murders)
- Graphic novel
- Epistolary novel between two pen pals
- Romantic Comedy (esp. a biracial couple!)
- Thriller/Suspense (esp. in the vein of One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus)
- Contemporary realistic (particularly if it’s an #OwnVoices piece, or if it’s voice-y/in the vein of Robyn Schneider/John Green)
- Anything that could be pitched as being in the vein of Jane the Virgin meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
- Anything CREEPY
- #OwnVoices slice of life
- Romance set in the Seattle grunge scene
- A teen girl obsessed with true crime
- Fantasy inspired by mythology/folklore from non-Western countries
- Fantasy grounded in reality
- Boarding school setting
- A teenager with a personal project or mission
- A teenager passionate about social justice
- Gothic setting
- Christian YA novel feat. teenage girl wrestling with the discrepancies between what she reads in the Bible + what she hears preached from the pulpit
- Graphic novel
- Interactive journal
ADULT BOOKS (PRIMARILY NONFICTION/LIFESTYLE/GIFT BOOKS):
- Anything centered around linguistics
- Pop science
- Citizen science
- Pop psychology
- Graphic novels
- Photography books (especially would love something funny + clever, in the vein of The Art of Clean Up)
- Books that tow the line between lifestyle + cookbook (books like Scandinavian Gatherings, Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, How to Hygge, The Year of Cozy, etc.)
- I’d especially love a lifestyle/cookbook based around a concept like Fika/Hygge, except from a non-Scandinavian culture.
- Guidebook for how to live a fair trade lifestyle
- Guidebook/workbook for self-care
- Quirky/novelty gift books/coffee table books
- Drone photography book
- Interactive journal
- PB that explores joy in a fun, non-preachy way
- PB about baptism
- PB that explores tangible ways of how we can live like Christ did (without being preachy!)
- Christian Living book with a social justice focus
- Christian Living book that unpacks the goat + lamb parable in Matthew 25:31-46.
- Devotional for dating couples
- Devotional for women
- Devotional for teen girls
- Devotional for kids
- Devotional for creatives
- Devotional with a social justice focus
- Devotional with interactive elements
- Anything that loops in the Enneagram
- Interactive journals
NOT QUITE MY CUP OF TEA:
- Sports stories
- Space operas
- Super hero stories
- Amish Fiction
- Angel/Demon narratives
- Epic Fantasy
- Stories with a “dreamscape” element