Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Confession time: this is the second best part of being an agent. #WritingCommunity #askagent

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

And the πŸ† for the Best #QueryOfTheDay goes to...

"(Also, your dog has the best name ever, and my first cat's name was Lyra. Neither of which have anything to do with this pitch.)"

Ok, I agree. It's irrelevant. But it's also really cool. 😎 #WritingCommunity #askagent

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips
Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips
Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips
Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Lauren’s the Worst (preorder nowπŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ) @laurenspieller

We talk a lot about what querying writers should be doing better/differently/more often, but here's something people are actually doing RIGHT almost 100% of the time: using my correctly spelled name!

Lucky. People misspell my name in about 30--40% of the queries I get. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Cecelia❌ Cecily❌ Cecile❌ Lira❌ Lyrics❌ sometimes it's an entirely NEW names: Cindy❌ Cynthia❌
#askagent #WritingCommunity
You know what, though? I don't mind. Give me good writing and I'm happy! 😊

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Cecilia Lyra, Agent @ceciliaclyra

@TLMumley The advice still holds. 😊 Scene is the framework that allows writers to include setting, description, characters, dialogue, and stream of thought --- all while grounding and these elements in something the reader can clearly visualize. #WritingCommunity #askagent #amwriting
Replying to @ceciliaclyra

Are there brilliant novels that don't follow this advice? Of course! Exceptions always exist, and authors are allowed to do anything they want as long as it's intentional. But a good writer should be able to create a good scene, even if she chooses not to use it. #askagent πŸ€

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Terri Lynn Sullivan @TLMumley

@ceciliaclyra Thank you, Cecilia! This is good advice. I wonder, how about when writing a trilogy? #amwritingfiction #CRFiction #askagent #WritingCommunity
Replying to @TLMumley

The advice still holds. 😊 Scene is the framework that allows writers to include setting, description, characters, dialogue, and stream of thought --- all while grounding and these elements in something the reader can clearly visualize. #WritingCommunity #askagent #amwriting

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips
Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Dr. Kari Nixon @HalfSickShadows

@ceciliaclyra :( Do you think an academic platform counts?

It counts. Anything that can be measured objectively counts. That being said (and I don't like this reality), social media platforms are more easily recognizable and, therefore, appealing. #WritingCommunity #askagent

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips
Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

As a reader, these labels annoy me because labels are limits and I don't like pigeonholing art. As an agent, I recognize that they are very important to SELL BOOKS. Whether I like it or not, genres are a thingβ€”it's best to educate oneself on them. #askagent #WritingCommunity 3/3

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Yes β€” the writing style can also help inform the genre. A subjective indicator, but as a reader I can usually tell the difference between the two.
Yes β€” in some instances, a work can be both commercial and literary.
Yes β€” I represent both genres.
#WritingCommunity #askagent
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Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

The first few pages of your novel shouldn't be used to convey information. Instead, they should be use to immerse the reader in a scene. These are not the same β€” a good writer knows this. #askagent #WritingCommunity

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

As a general rule, I don't represent fantasy or magical realism, but my colleague @VictoriaLoder_ does β€” and she's awesome! #askagent #Writing Community

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

#WritingCommunity β€” how high are the stakes in your novel? What is its central conflict? Knowing the answer to these questions is essential for those of you who are #amquerying β€” Remember: as authors, you can do whatever you want, but it should be intentional. #askagent

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips
Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

Whether I like it or not, here's the reality: having a platform is really helpful if you write nonfiction β€” some might even say it's essential. Make sure to include specific information regarding your following on social media and other mediums. #WritingCommunity #askagent

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

As a literary agent, I happily consider works by authors from all regions in the world. It doesn't matter if you live in a different city, country, or continent β€” a good story is a good story! #WritingCommunity #askagent

Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ/ Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary / Author of THE SUNSET SISTERS and THE FAITHFULS/ Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
75 MSWL
55 AskAgent
2 Tips

...And please know that I would never dismiss any of you out of hand. Thank you for querying me β€” I look forward to considering your unpublished works! #WritingCommunity #askagent #amquerying 3/3