I’m not a huge fan of fairy tales (except maybe the “real“, dark ones), but this story reads like one so here we go!
Once upon a time, there was this Jewish teacher and wannabe author who lived in Ann Arbor.
She wrote a book that she hoped would resonate with the students she taught.
After many beta reads, rewrites, and revisions, that book became SPEED OF REAL LIFE. The book is about Luis, a teenager from Detroit, who has to get across the state to his imprisoned, dying father. Luis and his two best friends don’t have magic, or superpowers, or a superhero–just their own smarts to get them through the road trip of their lives.
Then it was time to query.
This writer woman knew she needed help, so she met with the Kerrytown Book Fest’s “author in residence” at Sweetwater’s Cafe in Ann Arbor.
By pure chance, an incredibly talented young adult author named Erica M. Chapman was sitting behind this woman. Erica introduced herself, offered very helpful advice, and the two became friends on Twitter…
…which led to becoming friends with the super talented Angela Thomas…
…which led to a discussion about Boyz in the Hood (I want Ricky to live EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT!), which caught the eye of the extremely talented writer named Linda Jackson…
…who became the most amazing beta reader in the world and encouraged this wannabe writer to keep going.
And then came THE CALL! Suddenly this wannabe author teacher-woman from Ann Arbor had a real live agent!
And they all lived happily ever after.