That may sound super dramatic, but everything I’ve ever dreamed of as a writer suddenly became within reach that morning.
For those of you who don’t know, DVPIT is a biannual Twitter pitching event where marginalized writers (those underrepresented in the publishing world) get a chance to showcase their stories in the hopes of snagging a literary agent to represent them.
Long story short, my pitch BLEW up. And I mean like reached-50,000-people-(according to Twitter Analytics)-including-some-of-the-biggest-names-in-the-literary-world blew up.
I couldn’t believe it. Suddenly, I had powerhouse agents privately messaging me, some of my favorite authors liking my story and people cheering me on from the sidelines as self-proclaimed “fans”.
*Cue gay panic*
So after a whirlwind of querying and sending off my book baby (and crossing all of the crossable appendages), I connected with my dream agent, Rena Rossner from The Deborah Harris Agency!
Right from the start, Rena was SO passionate about what I wanted to tell with He Was A Skater Boy and really understood the underlining heart of the story. And a fun fact, Rena was actually the very first agent to ever like one of my pitches (for a story I wrote three years ago). So, YAY universe!
We just officially signed the contract last week but I am SO excited to dive into edits and see what comes of all of this.
My current work-in-progress follows the life of Stonebridge High’s resident bad boy, Wesley “Big Mac” Mackenzie, as he navigates through the intricacies of love and friendship all while learning that being yourself means meeting somewhere in the middle of who you were and who you want to be.
Skater Boy, a YA contemporary romance, is an LGBT-take on Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” meets Darius the Great is Not Okay.