Jay attended another LA conference and went all out on his costume for the party. He felt silly, but, soon, editors were coming up to him and asking him about his work. The attention he got led him to meet and sign on with yet another agent.
(Side note: Jay is funny and engaging. I'm so not doing him justice. Wish you were hearing him in person.)
We soon started reading a lot of YA, books that deal with difficult issues. He started to work on Thirteen Reasons Why. He was driving home late at night while driving home--he pulled into a gas station parking lot, and jotted down notes, and later wrote some pages and used those pages to apply for an SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant.