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For a recent birthday, I received this precious gift from my 8-year-old nephew:monkeyUnfortunately a camera could never capture the true beauty of my gift. But this is really a case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. My nephew played a game for hours and saved all of his tickets to win this monkey¬†for me for a birthday gift. That’s when this day-glo green monkey with “Vegas” embroidered on his belly became the most gorgeous thing in the world.

Sometimes it’s the story behind the gift that gives it a new luster.

This past summer I finally finished my WIP. This has been a labor of love I have worked on for a very long time. Trying to turn the memories of my husband’s family into a story that could be read by children has been a tremendous challenge. I am now in the process of trying to find a agent to represent this project. But how do you convey in a simple one page cover letter the depth of the work that went into this project? How do you describe the hours spent listening to stories and coming up with a framework that is respectful, but still a compelling story? How can you make an agent see beyond the green fur and Vegas written on it’s belly that there is a deep and rich story behind the story. This is even more challenging than writing the story itself.

I keep my monkey (much to my husband’s dismay) on the armoire in our room as a reminder of my nephew’s love and a reminder to keep going. In the meantime, I’ll keep submitting and tweaking and polishing, hoping someone looks beyond the basic query letter to the beauty of the story beneath.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan



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