Jason Flum (jasonflum on QT) has signed with agent Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
However, I knew I couldn't stop writing. I enjoy the creativity and the process of it far too much. Additionally, encouragement from my wife really helped keeping me writing. She kept pushing for my next chapters and next ideas!
Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start): Jennifer Knight is a diva. As the best actress in the eighth grade in an exclusive performing arts school, she should be a shoo-in for the lead role in the upcoming gender-reversed production of Bye Bye Birdie. Of course, heroines in musical theater never get what they want easily, and Jennifer’s road to stardom is a bumpy one: her best friend is planning to betray her, the boy she wants loves someone else, and the new girl in school is an experienced professional just waiting to steal Jennifer’s spotlight.
Every great musical needs a hero, of course, and our hero is Bill Franklin. The trouble is, while a great performer, Bill doesn’t buy into the school’s tradition of peppering language with references to musical theater at every conceivable opportunity. In fact, he considered leaving the school altogether until he met and fell head-smashingly in love with Connie Wells. Everything seems to be coming up roses for Bill, until he realizes Connie may not be the girl he wants, the backstage drama at the show may well destroy the entire production, and, to top it all off, a big shot Broadway producer will be in the audience opening night, ready to create a new star!
*Insert personalization and a couple of sentences about my friend in the theater world*
Bye Bye Connie is contemporary MG novel told from two POVs complete at 40,000 words. With over 150 references to lyrics from musicals ranging from Show Boat to Book of Mormon, as well as characters and a plot in the tradition of musical comedy, this book will entertain anyone who has ever thrilled to a great big Broadway show, danced around their living room to Glee, and wants a story filled with humor and heart (“you’ve gotta have heart!”).
Since I was seven years old and my father showed me The Sound of Music, I have been hopelessly devoted to musical theater. After majoring in theater in college, I went on to become (fittingly for Birdie) an English teacher in middle school. I have had four short stories published in _________ magazine.
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