Query Letter

Francisco M. Martinezcuello 1234 Street Address San Diego, CA 92107 (C) 858-xxx-xxxx francisco@themotorcyclewriter.com

August 30, 2019

Mr. Seth Combs, Editor San Diego CityBeat 3047 University Ave., Suite 202 San Diego, CA 92104 619.281.7526 www.sdcitybeat.com

Dear Mr. Seth Combs,

With the recent death of Peter Fonda, a new generation has been introduced to motorcycle counter culture by way of rerunning the seminal 1969 road movie Easy Rider. Unfortunately, this reinforces stereotypes of motorcycle enthusiasts and their unquenchable thirst for the three Bs – Beer, Bikes and Babes. The mystique around motorcycle rallies and all that comes with it is some of the lure, but not all rallies are created equal. The Pala Run, is a motorcycle rally that has been going strong for 29 years led by the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club (VNVLV-MC) at the Pala Indian Reservation in North County San Diego.

I propose an 800-word feature article titled, “Pala Run,” focusing on the VNVLV-MC and their efforts in the ongoing search for missing POW/MIAs of all wars, and veterans returning home. How do they raise funds to support this mission? How safe is a motorcycle rally? Can I attend without a motorcycle or club affiliation? What is the history of the Pala run?

The completed article can be delivered to you in hard copy and/or via email within two weeks of your acceptance.

I am a retired Marine, a motorcycle enthusiast, an experienced writer and an even better rewriter. My stories have been featured in Split Lip Magazine, Hobart Pulp, River Teeth: Beautiful Things, and elsewhere. I’m also a contributing co-editor of Incoming: Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen; I know queries from both sides. More writing credits are at http://www.themotorcyclewriter.com.

Thank you for your time and attention; I look forward to your feedback.


Francisco M. Martinezcuello