Maya Ameyaw (mayaameyaw on QT) has signed with agent Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency.
Dear (Agent Name)
As an agent looking for (personalization line) I hope you will find WHEN IT ALL SYNCHS UP, a 65,000 word contemporary YA novel to be a good fit for your list. WHEN IT ALL SYNCHS UP would appeal to fans of TINY PRETTY THINGS by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra and LITTLE AND LION by Brandy Colbert.
When 17-year-old Aisha begins to feel increasingly numb and isolated at a racially exclusionary ballet boarding school, her mental health suffers leading to her first episode of dissociation. Shaken from the experience, she returns to her hometown of Toronto to visit her BFF/ex-dance partner, Neil. She discovers he's in hospital with alcohol poisoning.
Aisha resolves to stay with Neil to look out for his sobriety. She auditions and scores a spot at the diverse modern dance program at the public performing arts school that Neil attends. When keeping an eye on his drinking becomes difficult, she enlists the help of Neil's cute musician friend, Ollie.
Spending more time with Ollie, she's inspired by how he's so open about his past trauma through his music, allowing Aisha to let down her guard. This, along with creating her own choreography at school, become ways for her to process her abusive upbringing.
But when Aisha's estranged mom finds out she quit ballet, she starts a battle of mind games and manipulation that threatens to push Aisha back into the unhealthy mindset that she's been fighting to heal from. When this begins to have dangerous effects on her mental and physical health, Aisha must break free of her mom and find her inner power to claim her independence.
Working in the mental health field, I am focused on showcasing nuanced representations of mental health issues and the related intersections of misogyny, racial discrimination and colorism. (Writing history/credentials ending line.)
Thank you for your consideration,