Kate Warner (kaperton on QT) has signed with agent Hannah Mann of Writers House.
What helped me stay on course was hiring a life coach. That may sound extreme, but I knew I couldn't finish it without someone keeping me on track. I've been seeing her about twice a month for 2 years.
If you learn from the feedback that your whole plot needs work, don't be afraid to revise. The goal is to make your manuscript the best it can be.
Dear Ms. Mann,
Since you said you liked "realistic and witty YA," I hope my YA romance, HOW TO BE THE BIG SPOON, will appeal to you.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie is sick of hearing how lucky he is to be gay. His best friend Riley has written dozens of stories starring Jamie and Parker, the only boy Jamie has ever kissed. It's not that Jamie isn't grateful for the imaginary world Riley created for him, a world he escaped to during his father's illness. It's just that Parker moved away two years ago, and finding a real-life boyfriend seems impossible.
Because unlike in Riley's stories, their rural Virginia high school isn't teeming with out queer guys, and Jamie knows he's not what anyone is looking for anyway: he's not tall enough, white enough, and definitely not masculine enough.
When Parker returns to town and into Jamie's life, Jamie thinks his dreams are finally coming true...until Parker says he's straight.
Life would be so much easier if Jamie were a girl. He could embrace his femininity. Take harp lessons. Be Parker's girlfriend. Jamie's offhand joke to Riley that they should switch bodies inspires Riley to write her magnum opus: a body swap story starring the two of them. In Riley's story, Jamie gets to try out an alternate life, where he can have everything he wants, but in real life, nothing is easy. Jamie has to learn how to grieve his father, keep himself from falling in love with Parker, and figure out what it means to be a man.
And when he starts taking harp lessons, Jamie is confused by his feelings for his irritating teacher Angus, with his emoji addiction and five thousand followers on social media. Aside from already being a brilliant musician at age seventeen, Angus is everything Jamie has tried not to be—even if, when Jamie is with Angus, he feels like he doesn't have to try at all.
HOW TO BE THE BIG SPOON is a 97,000-word young adult romance that will appeal to fans of Openly Straight and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It has been reviewed by a professional editor. Although fictional, the story is inspired by my own quest to understand my gender identity. A former ______________, I now work at a ______________ in a position better suited for an introvert.
Please find the first ten pages below. Thank you for your time and consideration.