It’s been more than a week since my last progress report, but these few weeks in writing doesn’t have much of a ring to it. So what’s happened? I’ve heard from two agents. One was one of the four who requested pages. She was very nice. Said the concept is fabulous, but that it wasn’t quite the right fit for her. The other is one I queried during a time when she said every query would get a personal reply, even if it was a no, rather than a form rejection. A form rejection is a prewritten letter just saying no, with no reasons behind the no. Her response was also a pass, because she had recently signed an edgy YA, and that mine sounded too issue driven for her taste. So, no agent yet, but both rejections were encouraging in their way. Neither said the concept wasn’t sellable or that the writing was bad. The first specifically said it was likely an agent out there that will want it. But that she isn’t that agent. The other already had a project that could possibly compete. The interesting thing to me about her feedback is I don’t think of Random Acts of Nudity as an issue driven book. I see the sex tape as the catalyst of the story, not the focus of it. It’s an important part of the story but its not all sex tape all the time. but I’ve been working on the book for over a year, I’m too close to see it objectively.
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What is the working title of your book?
Random Acts of Nudity
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I kinda stole it. NOT REALLY!!! I did not steal it, but my idea was sparked from reading someone else’s concept. I participate in a board on Amazon where authors post their pitch and get help from other authors in making it as appealing as possible. About two years ago I read a pitch there about a person who saw themselves in a viral sex tape. It got me thinking. The other author’s idea was about an adult male, who didn’t remember making the video, and the book was a psychological thriller. But the idea of being in a viral sex tape stuck with me. I started thinking about how most kids these days have recording equipment and how easy it is to distribute video online. I began weaving the story of a teenage girl who casually makes a sex tape with her boyfriend, not expecting anyone but themselves to see it. Then after they breakup, it’s seen by their entire school.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
There aren’t many actors that fit the description of my main character, since she’s plus size. There isn’t an abundance of teenage plus size actress working today.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A shy honors student is mortified when her ex releases their sex tape to the whole school.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m submitting it to agents now. Fingers crossed, one will like it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wasn’t keeping track, somewhere between five and eight months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read a lot of other contemporary YA.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
See the first answer.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The MC has a snarky, self deprecating voice. The way she handles being humiliated and ostracized is (I hope) unique and entertaining, while still being believable. And the supporting characters rock, if I do say so myself.