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

THE VANISHING HALF by @britrbennett is one of my all-time favorite books. The world building is masterful, and I was absorbed by how the protagonist reinvented herself. Plus, twins. Who doesn’t love a novel with twins?

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

DAYS OF DISTRACTON by @alexandra_chang and WRITERS & LOVERS by Lily King are both quiet novels, but I kept turning the pages because the writing is beautiful and I had to know what would happen to Alexandra and Casey, respectively.

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

DOMINICANA by @acruzwriter is the perfect blend of commercial and literary. Ana’s inner life blew my mind. If you’ve written a novel in the same vein, please query me! Send me your brilliant Latine fiction!

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

SUCH A FUN AGE by @kileyreid was the most entertaining novel of the year. Great premise, fast-paced, perfect dialogue, expertly fleshed-out characters. A perfect example of book club fiction.

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

For fiction, my number one read of the year was EXCITING TIMES by @NaoiseDolan. The writing is phenomenal and Avaβ€”the protagonistβ€”describes herself as manipulative, unscrupulous, and prone to moral cowardice which is storytelling GOLD. Who wants a nice protagonist?

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

I’m on the hunt for great business books with an original angle that both educate and entertain. Think NO FILTER by @sarahfrier and INVISIBLE WOMEN by @CCriadoPerez . Demonstrable expertise/experience is a must when querying for nonfiction.

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

I adore a good essay collection. TRICK MIRROR by @jiatolentino , THE WITCHES ARE COMING by Lindy West, and ODWABDANOTWM by @Scaachi are so good I’ve read them more than once! Brilliant essayists, please query me!

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

For memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS by T. Kira Madden blew me away, and two all-time favorites are EDUCATED by @tarawestover and WILD GAME by @adriennebrodeur

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

INVENTING LATINOS by Laura E. Gomez was informative, insightful, and inspirational. I listened to this one and kept having to pause to write down all the brilliant quotes. I’d love to get more submissions from fellow Latines!

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

I also couldn’t get enough of MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by @LoriGottlieb1 . First of all, it reads like a novel, but ALSO it taught me so much about self-analysis. If you’re like Lori, I might be the agent for you!

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

Last but certainly not least for ALL QUERIES: send me your #OwnVoices stories esp if you identify as BIPOC. As a mixed raced #Latinx immigrant, I'm ❀️πŸ”₯ about representing under- or misrepresented voices. If you're comfortable, please include your background and inspiration.

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

I also adore memoirs β€” please see my fiction guidelines for these stories because (a) I’m drawn to the same themes in novels as I am in memoirs; and (b) a good memoir reads like a novel.

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

In terms of non-fiction, I am looking for Psychology, Pop Culture, Science, Business, and Lifestyle from experts in their fields. Proven expertise is a MUST. I don’t like that we live in a world where platform matters, but it does matter. Include info on yours in your query.

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 thing that makes me keep reading is VOICE. Please send me your voice-y narratives. I want access to your narrator’s INNER LIFE. I should feel what they are feeling. They should feel β€˜bad’ things (e.g. anger, envy, greed, etc.), too.

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

I want to read stories that are dark + taboo. I ❀️ secrets and revelations. I ❀️ plot twists. I ❀️ reading about characters that grow up navigating two opposite worlds (class, culture, etc.). I do NOT like reading about perpetually happy, good, and moral characters (snooze).

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

Does your story have a feminist angle? πŸ’ͺDoes it involve parentified children? Does your MC consider herself to be a bad person? Did she have to reinvent herself? I AM INTO ALL OF THIS.

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

Is your protagonist unlikable? GREAT. Does she lie and pretend to survive? GIMME. Is she an overthinker and an overfeeler? WHY HAVEN’T YOU QUERIED ME YET? 😍

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

I would love to read a novel that takes place in a boarding school. Authentic writing is a MUST so if you didn’t go to a boarding school your research better be so incredible as to trick me into thinking you did. (I am not easily tricked.)

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

I love novels that deal with female relationships. Think: best friends; mother-and-daughter(s); sisters (incl twins!); sisters-in-law; mother-in-law and daughter-in-law; and girlfriends. Bonus points above apply.