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Who doesn’t love Eileen Cook? She’s smart and funny and one of my favorite virtual writery friends.
We first met through our blogs. It’s my guess, because I can’t recall with accuracy, that I most likely stalked her and not the other way around. Yet, she was always generous with her knowledge and time, most specifically about query letters.
She was so incredibly generous that she actually offered to help me hone one of those letters. WHOA! I’m happy to report, that Eileenified query got me lots of requests. An agent, who rejected it, corresponded with me concerning the manuscript and offered amazing advice on how to tweak it. I believe it was because of Eileen’s help that the agent’s initial curiosity was peaked and the conversation began.
I like to think that I take Eileen’s generosity of her craft with me, especially as I find my own niche. I will never forget that she not only offered, but was true to her word, to help a fellow blogger/writer polish a letter that amazingly opened a few doors (by rough draft #5, I’m sure she was questioning her offer). I find that as I grow as a writer, I look for opportunities to help those behind me; an Eileen Cook paying-it-forward if you will.
In honor of Eileen’s quirky blog and her where-did-she-find-that links, I’ll end with a link to a story that appeals to the runner in me. “Join us this winter for a 5k run….in a gorilla suit.”
Hope this gave you a laugh Eileen, and if it didn’t, would it help to know I am seriously contemplating participating?! Thanks for all you have done, not only for me, but for all of those lucky enough to call you friend via stalking your blog.