Guess what, gentle viewers?! It’s Friday!
That almost certainly means more to you than it does to me, because I’m working a double close. Go to happy hour and tip your servers well for me, will you? Thanks.
I’m writing this at 5:30 a.m. after agonizing over my first ever query letter. I find it fitting that this particular agent wants snail mail queries. It looks rather nice sitting there in its Priority Mail envelope, the antifreeze green of the delivery confirmation slip gleaming against the red. Ah. First query.
It even came with a segue into the addition to today’s new Friday Fellow!
A bunch of you helped with the process and listened to me squeak (Kourtney, Kristin, and Nila — I’m looking at you), and for that I am profoundly grateful. I’m not alone in this, thanks to you all, and I appreciate your help so much.
Ms. Lyra Selene used to live quite close to me. Just down a flight of stairs and around a corner, for that matter. She found me when I was looking for a roommate and busy not being a Craigslist killer — she responded to my zany little ad, and we bonded over a love of Buffy and a passion for writing. Over the year I lived with her, she and I shared some books and chatted about urban fantasy. What are the odds I would find a roommate who not only wanted the same career I did but loved the same genre?
I don’t know, gentle viewers. I think the muses were looking out for us.
Lyra is an excellent writer — she has a beauty to her turns of phrase that never fail to thrill. Remember her name. You’ll see her on the shelves one of these days, mark my words. You can find her blog here and follow her on Twitter. She’s read over the first fifty pages of my manuscript several times. Just this week, I sent her a last-minute (as in 4 a.m.) request to look over my final polishing before submission, and when I woke up the next morning, she’d already plunked a hefty several pages of notes in my inbox.
I can’t wait to see more of her work — it’s going to be big.
Welcome to the Friday Fellows, Lyra!
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