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I just came across one of the responses to my query letters to publishers for “The Cyber Miracles.” It was dated 2006! That means the letter from St. Martin’s was THREE years old.

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     You may, or may not have, heard that President-Elect Barack Obama has Irish roots. To be exact, his ancestral home is in Moneygall, County Offaly. Well this disclosure has triggered a lot of pride on the other side of the Atlantic. A group called The Corrigans (formerly Hardy Drew & The Nancy Boys — fabulous name) have recorded a fun hit single “There’s No One As Irish As Barack Obama.” Perhaps you saw the piece on CBS SUnday Morning about them.
     Anyway, if you want to hear about their adventures in “The States” during the inauguration — and they should be Homeric, follow them by reading Paddy Anglican’s Blogspot.
     Go n-éiri an bóthar libh, lads! Fáilte romhaibh go Meiriceá!

     In 2007, I sent out query letters to about two dozen publishers regarding my novel, “The Cyber Miracles.”
     Mind you, I followed the protocol suggested by those writer’s market books. I spent hours poring over descriptions of the publishers to see which ones carried similar work. The letters gave a brief description of my novel and some bio info. I addressed the letters to names of editors listed in the books. I included self-addressed stamped envelopes for their replies that would hopefully include a request to see some of the manuscript.
     Of the handful of replies I received, ONE had a small handwritten note explaing that they weren’t taking in any work without an agent. She wished me good luck though, and I appreciated that.
     Later in the summer of 2007, I learned about the prospect of self-publishing. Thank God I followed that route and today my story is being read across the country.
     Here’s the laugh. I received this letter today… TWO YEARS after mailing out my query letters from St. Martin’s Press:

Dear Sir or Madam:

Thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately, St. Martin’s Press only accepts submissions from literary agents when they are first discussed with, and then requested by, a member of our editorial staff.

I hope this doesn’t inconvenience you.

Sincerely,

St. Martin’s Trade Editorial Department

Glad I wasn’t holding my breath waiting for their reply.

     As I plug away at “The Cyber Miracles” sequel and another novel (!) for a contest in February, here’s a bit of a distraction to have some fun on Valentine’s Day. (More fun than Maeve had, I’m sure!)
     Visit my Gaeilge page to learn how to say all sorts of romantic things to your sweetheart in Irish, including a pickup line from Connemara. 🙂 You won’t find that at any old blog…

Happy New Year!

     It’s been such an exciting year, and before midnight strikes here in upstate New York, I want to thank all of you who took the chance and bought my novel. That act of faith meant the world to me and I’m honored that you spent precious time from your life reading my work. I hope you enjoyed reading the story as much as I did writing it.
     I must also thank the many people who helped me get the word out about my book. They include Bill Jaker of WSKG, Barb Van Atta of The Press, Lynn Coyne of Divine Devotions, the Friends of the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Eileen Bach of Ithaca High School, Isabel-Rose of Blog Talk Radio, the Catholic Writers Conference, Barnes & Noble in Vestal, Riverow Bookshop in Owego, The Bookery in Ithaca, RiverRead Books in Binghamton, Steve Craig and Frank Dirig of WIVT TV-34, the Continuing Education Department of Broome Community College, The Ithaca Journal, Syracuse University Magazine, Syracuse University’s VPA Chimes, the Authors Dens, facebook, MySpace, Amazon.com, CreateSpace Publishing and all those readers who wrote reviews.
     The sequel is still in progress (up to Chapter 14 in the first draft) and I will let you all know as soon as it’s ready for publishing.
     May you all have a healthy, prosperous and joy-filled 2009!

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The Cyber Miracles

About the book

Maeve Kenny's life was going exactly as she'd planned. At 30 she was dating a soap opera star and had an exciting public relations career with an Irish-owned firm in Manhattan. Then three sudden events turned everything upside down, and Maeve found herself fleeing her Queens apartment for sanctuary back home upstate in Binghamton. As she tries to readjust to the dramatic changes in her life, Maeve says she needs a miracle to turn her life around. Who would have thought the whole world would be watching when it happens?

What readers are saying…

"Rollicking fun!" "A delightful read." "Leaves you feeling good." "Highly recommended!" "Your book would make a hell of a movie!"

By the numbers…

The Cyber Miracles readers are in:

2: continents

4: countries

16: states/districts/territories

32: places in NY

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Podcast interviews with the author

Listen to an interview on the Isabel-Rose Show on Blog Talk Radio here. Listen to an interview with the author on Bill Jaker's Off The Page show on WSKG FM Radio here.
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