Shawn McDonald (shawnmcdonald on QT) has signed with agent Fiona Kenshole of Transatlantic Literary Agency.
Dear Ms. Kenshole,
Sometimes a girl can do everything right and her reputation still goes down the toilet.
Shy Lacey Faruzzi can’t seem to break into the social scene of her new school in Conoyerville, Texas. First, her dream guy turns out to be a racist jerk. Then she loses a potential boyfriend because she won’t sext with him. Sophomore superhunk Brody Faust seems interested, but he already has a girlfriend, queen bee Holly Laphart.
Then a stolen selfie photo of Lacey trying on swimsuits in a department store dressing room gets passed around the high school and posted to the Lone Star Yearbook Project website. LSYP is where local boys share pictures of their conquests and nude selfies of the local girls. Lacey’s compromising photo goes viral to imageboards around the world. Suddenly there are plenty of boys interested in her, but for the wrong reason. Holly Laphart doesn’t appreciate competing with Lacey’s infamy and devotes herself to making Lacey’s school hours a living hell. The blackmailing scum behind Lone Star Yearbook promises to ruin her life outside the halls of Conoyerville High if Lacey can’t outsmart him.
The night Jimmy Kimmel spoofs her meme on late night television, Lacey finally understands that no matter how many times her mother relocates for a job, she will never be the anonymous newgirl again.
It isn't until Lacey’s BFF, Peri, finally convinces Lacey to join her girl band that Lacey finds her tribe and learns to own her mistakes.
Hotheaded young Neal Bartholomew was once smitten with Lacey, but now he has troubles of his own. After an expulsion from the public high school, Neal finds an uneasy redemption among the swells at a Catholic prep school his parents can barely afford. The Dean of Students finds pornography on Neal’s school-issued laptop and his penance is to be assigned as a Research Assistant to the school Ethics teacher, Mr. Forcas. Neal and Mr. Forcas team up to take down the mysterious hacker and skin merchant behind Lone Star Yearbook Project who is destroying the lives and reputations of girls like Lacey Faruzzi.
Neal’s perspective on the harmlessness of photo sharing sites evolves as he investigates the very real backstories of the pixelated young ladies he once objectified. If Neal only knew how close Lacey Faruzzi was to ruin, maybe he would put the clues together a little faster.
Selfie is an edgy YA procedural for smarties, chronicling the perils of a smart girl making one dumb mistake in the digital age; complete at 89,000 words.
BIO: I am a professional Technical Writer for the Security division of a telecom. Selfie is the product of two years of research into the Dark Net and the primordial ooze of teenage imageboard sites and meme culture. Selfie was inspired by my work with the FBI and Law Enforcement Agents tracking down internet creeps. My novella, Ms. Tiegli's Most Welcome Visitors, was a shortlist finalist for the prestigious 2007 Miami University Press Novella Contest. I was previously represented by XXXXXX of XXXXXXXXX.
Ms. XXXXX is no longer agenting, but I’m still writing. Until they find a cure, I’m still writing.