Sunday, May 21, 2006
Guess the Plot
The Teen Queen and I
1. When sixteen-year-old Gwendolyn becomes Queen of Lutania, she immediately takes a lover. Me.
2. Jamie Madigan wasn't your average geek. He had a secret life...as a girl. And that girl was the Queen of Pyrvania.
3. When Kevin attempts to get a pop star's autograph, she slips him her phone number, and the rest is music history.
4. Winning the lead in a gay and lesbian youth camp's summer play leads to more drama than new kid on the block Ashley Monroe was anticipating.
5. The story, told in diary form, of Queen Amidala's hairdresser and makeup artist extraordinaire.
6. When the tiny kingdom of Miniheim is threatened, can its unprepared and soccer-mad young queen find the wisdom and courage to lead her nation? Her handsome young tutor tells the story.
The Teen Queen and I is a 75,000-word novel which will appeal to anyone who dreams of meeting his favorite celebrity. [Those who dream of meeting Evil Editor, watch for the upcoming Treat Evil Editor to a Weekend in Paris contest.]
As 19-year-old Kevin Derow waits for an express bus home to Staten Island after an exhausting first day of college, a limousine pulls up. Out steps Shannon Kistler, the rising pop star proudly displayed on his t-shirt, who sarcastically praises his taste in clothing and then flees the scene. [Flees the scene? You mean she doesn't hang around the bus stop striking up a friendship with Kevin? She snubs him?] Six days later he visits a Queens record store to get her autograph, but [Another writer in love with "but."] she is shocked to see him among her young female fans and slips him her private phone number to make up for the earlier encounter. [Later he discovers she's actually slipped him a 976 number with which he can speak to one of her "girlfriends" for $3.00 a minute.]
Kevin and Shannon see each other despite their busy schedules. [Come on! This is about as believable as Britney Spears getting involved with some lowly backup dancer from her stage act.] But while she confronts the pitfalls of early fame, his admiration for her costs him two jobs, [That may sound preposterous, but Evil Editor once fired his assistant for admiring Jim Belushi.] forces him from his home, and nearly gets him paralyzed on the Coney Island boardwalk. [It would be interesting to speculate on how one could know with certainty that one "nearly" became paralyzed. Perhaps he was shot, and the bullet lodged a half-inch from his fourth vertebra. If so, now we must speculate on how his admiration of Shannon Kistler led to his being shot.] What's worse, Kevin discovers Shannon's record label may be paying radio stations to play her songs--and while trying to find out for certain, [A college freshman gets his dream-come-true, a romantic relationship with his favorite celebrity, and he starts investigating her?] he may have wrecked her blossoming career. [Presumably she reacts to this, about the same way Britney would if Kevin Federline wrecked her career: she has her bodyguards kill him.]
The stories "Tunnel Vision" and "Between Two Worlds" appeared in the magazines Somnoliloquy and Skunk's Life, [You wrote "Between Two Worlds?!" Evil Editor has cherished his May, 2001 copy of Skunk's Life ever since it came out. For those minions who don't subscribe, "Between Two Worlds" is the story of a skunk that leaves the forest and gets hired to run a Fortune 500 company, only to fail miserably. Sounds kind of crazy, but it has some real pathos.] and on the web sites The Fiction Network and Alternate Realities; I will soon begin writing my next novel. [It's about a plumber who's obsessed with Madonna, and she ends up marrying him.] Your focus on commercial fiction attracted my attention, and I feel The Teen Queen and I would be a good fit for you. A synopsis and sample chapters are available.
Thank you for your kind attention. I look forward to hearing from you.
The Teen Queen and I is a 75,000-word novel which will appeal to any teenager who dreams of meeting a celebrity.
As 19-year-old Kevin Derow waits for an express bus home to Staten Island after an exhausting first day of college, a limousine pulls up. Out steps Shannon Kistler, the rising pop star displayed on Kevin's t-shirt. Shannon praises Kevin's impeccable taste in clothing as she leaves the scene.
Six days later, Kevin visits a Queens record store to get Shannon's autograph. She is shocked to see him among her young female fans, and, in a moment of insanity, slips him her private phone number, seemingly unconcerned that he could post it on the Internet, and she would start getting more phone calls than American Idol.
As Shannon confronts the pitfalls of early fame, Kevin's obsession with her costs him two jobs, forces him from his home, and nearly gets him paralyzed on the Coney Island boardwalk. To make matters worse, Kevin discovers--in his capacity as an FCC payola investigator (his third job, the one he didn't lose)--that Shannon's record label may be paying radio stations to play her songs, and that Kevin, while looking into the matter, may have destroyed her blossoming career.
Your focus on commercial fiction attracted my attention, and I feel The Teen Queen and I would be a good fit for you. A synopsis and sample chapters are available. Thank you for your kind attention.
Perhaps the market for this book is the same as the market for Shannon's music: teen girls. In which case Shannon should become Justin, and Kevin should become Karen.