The Patron Saint of Beans
The storyline for this YA novel was inspired by a news story on parental kidnapping/alienation.
Violin prodigy Carey Benskin spent the majority of her fifteen years hidden away in the Obed Scenic and Wild River National Park, with her mute little sister, Jenessa, and their bipolar mother, Joelle. She didn’t expect Mama to go into town for supplies and vanish off the face of Tennessee, leaving the girls no choice but to return to the father who abandoned them long ago … or did he?
Usually, I would now include the first five pages, Kindle-sample-style. But, as an agented writer, I’m unsure about the protocol when it comes to first rights and manuscript excerpts.
I’ll find out and be back to post the pages if given the green light.
In the meantime, this novel is now in my agent’s hands.
UPDATE: I’ll be doing further revisions, but the manuscript has been accepted as my next novel!
Not all of a writer’s manuscripts are guaranteed representation, even by a writer’s own agent. Scary, if you’ve never thought that far ahead. Yet, on the other hand, if a manuscript is a clunker, your agent is protecting your name and brand by refusing it.
Unless the writer disagrees …
You can read more about that particular twist in the road at agent Jennifer Laughran’s blog:
Thank goodness my agent felt the love!
I’ve loved books my entire life. As a writer with a manuscript on submission to editors, I appreciate books (especially their brave, hard-working authors!) that much more.