Dear Ms. Martindale,
I am seeking representation for HERE TODAY, a humorous women’s
fiction novel complete at 84,000 words. After reading your interviews on GotYA
and Mother.Write, I think we might be a good fit.
Nate Cather, a world-famous actor, is stalking his own biggest
fan. In the public eye since age 15, Nate doesn’t have many normal friends, but
he does have Mary K Dallof, a fan who has written him every week for ten years.
Nate looks forward to hearing from Mary K more than anyone can ever know--after
all, people pay to watch movies starring dashing-and-refreshingly-scandal-free Nate
Cather, not the real one.
But when Mary K’s wedding announcement arrives, Nate realizes
his one chance at true love is slipping away. Ignoring the protests of his
brother/manager Tom, Nate sets off to break up Mary K’s engagement, hopefully
without destroying his career in the process. Unfortunately, wooing Mary K
requires avoiding her suspicious older sister and maintaining a healthy dislike
for her infuriatingly nice fiancé. And he thought shaving his head to disguise
himself was tough.
When Tom reports that the tabloids are on his trail, Nate has
to decide whether he’s going to risk his career for Mary K--who, as it turns out,
isn’t as easy to talk to in real life as she was in his head. Mary K, on the
other hand, must pick between true love and a life-long crush. Told from the
alternating perspectives of Nate and Mary K, HERE TODAY takes place over the
five days before Mary K’s wedding.
I was a columnist and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle, my college newspaper, from 2003 to 2007.
I have also worked as a marketing assistant for Shadow Mountain Publishing.
This is my first novel.
Thank you for your time.
One of the many, many nice things about being both rich and
good-looking is that I’m not going to be convicted of a crime anytime soon.
Take stalking. It’s technically a crime, and I suppose I could be accused of
dabbling in quote-unquote stalking.
See, I’m Nathan Cather. Yeah. The Nathan Cather--the one who probably has a couple stalkers of
his own? You’ve probably seen my movies, watched my TV shows, read my
interviews. Some of you might have even visited my website.
This isn’t arrogance--it’s fact. Sometimes I meet people who
pretend they’re too smart to know who I am, too mature to pay attention to who
I broke up with last or how much money I make. “Nathan Cather, huh? What do you
do for a living?” They, my friends, are full of it. Everybody knows Nathan Cather--anyone
who says otherwise is lying. I’ve been in two TV series and twenty-three movies,
dozens of magazine covers, and hosted SNL
So I pose the question: Who is going to find me guilty of
stalking? Most women want me to stalk
them. And sure, laws probably should apply to everyone equally, but let’s be
real. Don’t some apply a little more
to the dude who drips his own blood on a girl’s car, and a little less to the international movie star?
I’m just saying.