Bethany Crandell (BethanyMC on QT) has signed with agent Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services.You can read more about Bethany on her blog at rookieriter.blogspot.com/
To quote my mother, "It's what happens when people stop being P.C. and start being real."
When I came up with the original concept I didn't realize how much of my own life was woven into the words. Looking back on the finished product, I can see how my role as the parent of a special-needs child has transformed my opinion of differently-abled people, and, more-specifically how the world perceives them. This is not a book on a mission. This is a book about people being real. It's raw, funny, at times uncomfortable, but more than anything it's a genuine look at people—and that's all I ever wanted it to be. If readers get something deeper out of it, that's a bonus.
I'd also be remiss if I didn't include my family, friends, and writing coach, Jill Badonsky, in this answer. Without them encouraging me, sometimes to their own exhaustion, I don't know if I would have been able to stick with it. And most importantly I did a lot of praying. We're talking knee-bruising, carpet denting prayer!
The first manuscript I sent out over 100 queries which garnered a handful of partials and 5 requests for the full. I finally shelved it after about 8 months of querying when I decided to try something new.
Dear Super Agent,
Cricket Montgomery was born with a golden spoon in her mouth, though a Tiffany platinum would have been preferred. Thanks to her Trump-like father's hands-off parenting style, she's enjoyed seventeen years of Versace's finest, technology's newest, and the narcissistic notion that the world revolves around her. Unfortunately, she's about to find out the rest of the world doesn't agree.
SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is the story of a girl whose cashmere-covered comfort zone is torn to shreds when she's forced to work as a counselor at a summer camp for disabled teens. Why on earth her rarely-present father thinks sentencing her to three weeks in handicapped hell will help her appreciate the life she leads is lost on Cricket--that is until she meets Quinn, the Zac Efron lookalike who steals her heart and forces her to take a long, hard look at who she really is.
This clever, sarcastic, and highly amusing Young Adult manuscript is complete at 57,000 words, and I would love to share them all with you.
Thank you for this opportunity.