Lindsey Leavitt (lindsey on QT) has signed with agent Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency.
UPDATE! June 16, 2008. Lindsey just announced that her agent has sold her book in a three book deal to Hyperion. Her first book, PRINCESS FOR HIRE, should hit the shelves in 2010. Congratulations Lindsey. Read about it on her blog http://lindsey-leavitt.livejournal.com/77192.html
UPDATE! March 17, 2010. Lindsey's first book, PRINCESS FOR HIRE has been released and is now available at Amazon.com
Oh, sorry, you wanted an answer. No. Just reading every YA/PB/MG/writing book I could get my hands on. Even if it meant prying a book out of the hands of the kid reading it.
Dear Super Agent:
After discovering her father's big Multiple Sclerosis secret, Payton Gritas's structured life crumbles. So begins her excruciating "chats" with Ms. Callahan, a school counselor aiming to save Payton from drowning in denial by encouraging her to write Focus Exercises on any random object. Payton chooses Sean Griswold, her alphabetical connection since kindergarten. More specifically, she chooses his overly sized head.
In SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD, my 60,000 word contemporary young adult novel, Payton's head-centric research spawns more and more questions about Sean and his dome, like what's with the scar? Why does Mr. Prep hang out in the Goth hallway? And why is a fifteen-year-old training to be the next Lance Armstrong? She finds answers to these questions by getting inside Sean's huge head, while Sean somehow finds a way into her guarded heart. But when Payton realizes her Sean obsession won't ultimately mend her battered father/daughter relationship, Payton must shift her focus to the one person who can get her through the drama—herself.
I am a recipient of the Highlights Foundation Chautauqua Scholarship and my YA short story "In and Out" earned an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Smartwriters W.I.N contest. I am currently working on a tween novel, Princess 4 Hire, which follows Desi as she substitutes for princesses in kingdoms around the world.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this multiple submission. I've included the first three chapters and a full manuscript is available upon request. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
After a humiliating encounter involving her long time crush, an ex-best friend, and a groundhog costume, Desi Bascomb finds herself in the back room of the pet store where she works, staring into a fish tank. Her boss has always claimed it's a magical fish tank, and right now, Desi could use some magic. Feeling silly but hopeful, she makes a wish.
That night, as Desi soaks in the bath, trying to wash off the stench of the groundhog costume, Meredith Poofinski, a no-nonsense agent scouting substitutes for vacationing princesses, pops out of a bubble. Is Desi ready to learn first-hand what it feels like to be royalty, or is she going to continue to stare at Meredith in disbelief?
In my 45,000 word tween novel, PRINCESS 4 HIRE, Desi learns that the lives of princesses are just as packed with drama as that of a lowly pet store employee. Soon Desi is peeling off a piggish prince, dancing in an Amazon tribal festival, and dodging a pre-arranged marriage. But nothing can prepare her for the magic of falling for a real prince … a prince who has no idea she's just a groundhog dressed in sheep's clothing.
**You can also read more about me and my journey at http://lindsey-leavitt.livejournal.com. Thanks to Pat for running such a helpful sight. It made getting an agent that much sweeter when the sunglasses smiley popped up next to my agent’s name.