Title: The Transparents
Genre: Magical Mystery
Word Count: 37,000
Pitch: When Houdini-obsessed Daniel suddenly becomes invisible for a few minutes in class, he’s afraid everyone will find out and label him a freak. Hiding the secret from his best friend—a class clown with secrets of his own—splashes him into the sixth grade equivalent of the Chinese Water Torture, with no hope of escape. But once his older brother is accused of burglary, Daniel is forced to master his new ability and conjure up his courage to protect the family he used to consider normal.
Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costume character do you relate most to and why?
Well, my best friend would say Batman because that’s his favorite superhero and he relates to him. But, obviously, I’d have to say the Invisible Man, because I’m only cool and confident when I’m invisible.
Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka marketable/unique)?
THE TRANSPARENTS is a tasty treat because it will appeal to all children who wish to be the hero, or at least have the occasional superpower. It’s a mystery with magic and heart.
First 200 Words:
Sometimes I wish I could disappear like my hero, Houdini. Get myself out of dangerous situations and tight spots. Today is one of those days.
I’m slumped down so low that my nose practically touches my desk. I try to mentally convince Ms. Lopez that I’m not here and to pick someone else.
You do not see me. You will walk right past me. I am not the volunteer you seek.
Her piercing black eyes pin me to my spot. Don’t get me wrong. Normally, I like Ms. Lopez’s eyes. Normally, I love listening to her call my name. Just not when she’s looking for volunteers.
A sneeze begins to build in my nose, which would be the absolute worst. Ms. Lopez needs to forget my existence until she finds her victim—I mean, volunteer. She won’t be able to ignore me if I sneeze. I might as well stand up and wave my arms around.
I’m not here. I’m a speck of dust in the corner of your vision. Choose someone else.
I really don’t want to solve the math problem she wrote on the whiteboard. I’m okay at math. Just as I’m okay at English, and okay at Social Studies, and okay at Science.