Manuscript Status: Finished
Mentor Names: Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie
Mentee Name: Andrea Contos
Title: THROWAWAY GIRLS
Category: Young Adult
Word Count: 87,000
Caroline’s the model prep school student—with a secret girlfriend she isn’t allowed to have and a second home in a rundown bar. But her plans to graduate and abandon her perfect persona derail when her wealthy best friend goes missing. As Caroline searches for the girl everyone wants to find, she uncovers a pattern of girls no one’s looking for. When she tracks their disappearances to her secret life, it leads to the brutal truth: she’s the link between them all. FAR FROM YOU meets DAMAGE DONE.
Everything started with the body at the edge of the lake. I know that now.
But back then, all I knew was the rush and gurgle of water where the stream fed into the lake. The gentle sway of yellow irises as the wind lifted their downturned petals. And the way the body’s legs bobbed in time with the lap of water against the shore, like the girl’s spirit was still trying to run from whatever had brought her there.
Left her there.
Hastily pulled half onto the shore.
Eyes closed. Mouth open. Full lips a watercolor blend of pink roses and the sky before a storm.
I knew what dead bodies looked like—even then. I found Edna Drake’s body when she collapsed from a heart attack next to her mailbox when I was seven. At ten, I’d watched Old Henry crumple halfway to his mailbox—but that was because Mrs. Old Henry didn’t appreciate him smoking all her Menthol Lights. He bled out not five feet from me, still-burning cigarette threatening to catch on the brown grass.
By twelve I’d seen two of mom’s boyfriends OD—one in our trailer, the other behind it. I left the second for her to deal with.
But this girl wasn’t like the others.
I’m so intrigued. Please send as a Microsoft Word document to brent(@)triadaus(.)com. Looking forward!
Omg Brent beat me!
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The Bent Agency
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This is gorgeous and I can’t wait to read more. Please send the full manuscript attached in a word doc with your query letter in the body of the email to Jess@Browerliterary.com with #PitchWars and your title in the subject. Looking forward to reading!
What a compelling opening—I’d love to read more! Please send a query, synopsis, and the first fifty pages (Word documents will suffice) to email@example.com — and don’t forget to mention #PitchWars in your subject line. Thanks—looking forward to my read!
This sounds incredible–I’d love to read! Please send the full manuscript as a Word doc with the query pasted into the first page of the document to firstname.lastname@example.org with “BLAIR WILSON – PITCH WARS REQUEST” in the subject. Thanks so much–looking forward to reading!
Your voice and the opening pulled me right in! I would love to read the full ms. Please send me the ms as a word attachment and the query in the body of the email. Use email subject #PitchWars and the title.
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It’s late, forgot to leave my email. Stacey@donaghyliterary.com
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I look forward to reading on!
Azantian Literary Agency
What an amazing start–I’d love to read on! Please send query + first 3 chapters to me at joan at emliterary.com – thanks!
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Thanks and looking forward!
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Hi Andrea – WOW! The concept is amazing (reminds me of so many adult mysteries I’ve been reading lately with a distinctly YA twist), and I love Caroline’s voice! Please email your query with full ms attached as a Word doc to email@example.com with PitchWars Request + THROWAWAY GIRLS in the subject line. Thanks and I look forward to reading more! – Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates
This sounds so amazing! I’m already dying to know what happens — I would love to read the full ms! Please send the full manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org attached as a Word document with the query in the first page of the document. Put “PITCH WARS” in the subject. Please also include a dreaded synopsis if you have one. Thank you! Can’t wit to read!
I think you already know I would love to see this! Can you send the full to email@example.com, with your query in the body of the email and #PitchWars and title in the subject line? Thanks so much!
Your voice is incredible and I am dying to see where the story leads!! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!
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I’d love to read this! Please can you send the full manuscript as an attachment to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Please send first 50 pages in word doc with query letter to email@example.com. Put “PITCH WARS YA” in subject line for me please — thanks so much and I cannot wait to read!! always, Katie <3
Wow, love this premise, love this voice. Could you please send the full manuscript to me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
All the best,
I’m absolutely loving this – reminds me of Tana French and Curtis Sittenfeld with notes of The Secret History. I love a prep school book because of the microcosm the setting creates for the characters – their own rules and unique perspectives. Needless to say, I’m dying to read the rest! I know I’m not the only agent here at Nelson Literary Agency who is excited to read this one! Please send just one email to email@example.com with PITCH WARS UPLOAD in the subject line. We will reply with our upload instructions, and then all the interested NLA agents will read and consider your manuscript. Thank you!
I loved your early version of this and excited to see where you’ve taken this story! Could you please send the full manuscript as a word doc with your query letter in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Pitch Wars Requested: TITLE” in the subject line. Thanks!!
This one is really speaking to me! I’m at the edge of my seat to read it. Please send me the full ms. I know I’m not the only agent at Nelson Literary Agency who is excited to read this one. Please send just one email to email@example.com with PITCH WARS UPLOAD in the subject line. We will reply with our upload instructions, and then all the interested NLA agents will read and consider your manuscript. Thank you!
Late to the party, but not for lack of enthusiasm! I love this suspenseful opening, and I’m so intrigued by the pitch! Please email the full manuscript, along with your query letter and a synopsis (if you have one) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Pitch Wars: THROWAWAY GIRLS.” Thank you!
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
LOVE THE VOICE AND THE WRITING. Please query me at QueryMe.online/1067/PitchWars2017.
I’d love to read more. Please send the full manuscript, along with your query, under the subject line: Pitch Wars / Throwaway Girls. Looking forward to it!
Was too excited and forgot to include my email: email@example.com. Thanks!
I’d love to see this! Please send the full manuscript to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a synopsis and your query. Please include “Requested material: Pitch Wars” in the email subject.
Bradford Literary Agency
I’d love to read more! Please use the guidelines on jdlit.com to send 30pp (instead of the normal 20), and include #Pitchwars in the subject line. I can’t wait to dive in!
The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
There is literally nothing about this sneak peak that I am NOT screaming about! Please send your full manuscript to email@example.com attached as a Word document with the query on the first page of the doc. PitchWars Req + THROWAWAY GIRLS in subj. line, please. – Kiana
This sounds right up my alley! I’d love to see the full manuscript. Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and put the title and Pitch Wars request in the subject line.
–Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis
Caroline is an interesting protagonist. The sample is compelling and I want to read more. Great pitch. Please send the full manuscript to email@example.com. Include Pitch Wars in the subject line of your query letter. Thanks.
Ella Marie Shupe
I’m so excited to read this! Please send the whole MS in a Word doc to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a query in the body of the email and mention Pitch Wars in the subject line!
Ooh! I’m so excited to read this! Please send the whole MS in a Word doc to email@example.com. Please include a query in the body of the email and mention Pitch Wars in the subject line!
Andrea, I’d love to see more of this! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include your query letter in the body of the email, and Pitch Wars in the subject line.
I look forward to reading!
Rubin Pfeffer Content
I’d love to take a closer look! Please send the full manuscript attached as a word document to: email@example.com
This is super intriguing. I’d love to see the first 50 by word attachment to my email or via querymanager. Looking forward!!
I’d LOVE to read this. Please send me the full manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org with Pitchwars in the subject line. Can’t wait!