Manuscript Status: Finished
Mentor Name: K.C. Held
Mentee Name: Karah Sutton
Title: A WOLF FOR A SPELL
Category: Middle Grade
Word Count: 46,000
Zima knows the only thing more dangerous than a human, is a witch. But when her brother is shot by a hunter, she risks a deal with Baba Yaga for the spell to save him—but the shifty witch has a mission of her own, and she needs a wolf to complete it.
Zima smelled magic. She pressed her nose to the ground and sniffed again. There was no mistaking it—among the smells of moss and fallen leaves was the putrid stink of decay that marked a witch’s realm.
She seized Leto’s tail between her teeth and dragged him back, away from the sinister smell.
“Ow! Stop it!” Leto protested, snapping at her.
“Hush! Keep still.” A shiver rippled through Zima’s gray and white fur. She had to get them home, now. She needed Grom, their older brother and the leader of the pack. He would know what to do about a witch.
She avoided Leto’s gaze in case he could detect the fear in her eyes. He knew the threat as well as she did—witches weren’t just disgusting and devious, they were dangerous. Everyone in the pack had heard Grom’s stories of witches who captured wolves to fuel their magic.
But Leto was overconfident and reckless. To him, a witch was little more than a pretend villain to run from when they played chasing games. Zima couldn’t be sure he wouldn’t attack a witch if he saw one.
“We’ll have to go around,” she said, fighting to keep her voice calm. Her legs trembled as they crept away from the stench, retracing their steps through a grove of spiky evergreens.
Her breathing had returned to a more relaxed pace when a rustle ahead made her ears prick. A figure was just visible, lurking between the trees.
I LOVE this and would love to see more! Can you send me your query, synopsis, and your full manuscript? If you go to http://queryme.online/kellypeterson/pitchwars it will take you to a form where you can fill in all of the information needed and attach your full manuscript! Let me know if you have any questions. I can’t wait to read this!
Jr. Literary Agent
Corvisiero Literary Agency
I’d love to read this! Please send the full manuscript attached as a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com.
Hi Karah, this sounds fantastic! There’s nothing like a good wolf story – I’d love to read more!
– Query + 10 pages pasted in the body of the email
– Attach FULL ms as well!
– with subject line: PW MG + Title
Thank you so much!
Heather Flaherty (The Bent Agency)
Karah, I would love to take a look at the full manuscript! Please email a query letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Pitch Wars Request: A Wolf for a Spell” and include the manuscript (+ a synopsis) as an attachment.
I was super intrigued by your pitch and sample and definitely want to read more of this!! Please send me your query and first 50 pages, with the subject “PITCHWARS REQUEST,” to carrie(at)prospectagency(dot)com. Thank you and excited to see more!
Please send full ms to email@example.com. Put Pitch Wars in subject line. Thanks!
This sounds so amazing! You had me at Baba Yaga — 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 wait to read!
I’d love to read the full manuscript! Please send as a word doc to email@example.com. Thanks!
I’d love to see more! Please submit your query, synopsis, and first 50 pages to https://querymanager.com/query/inklings_whitley/PitchWars. I can’t wait to dive in!
Hi, Karah! I would love to read the rest of this. I’m an Acquisitions Editor for Immortal Works Press. Please send your full manuscript to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Karah, this sounds great! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to email@example.com. 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
This project is speaking to me! Please send the query and first twenty pages in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Pitch Wars Requested Materials. I can’t wait to read it!
I’d be interested to see more! I’ve been intrigued by Baba Yaga stories ever since I took a Russian lit class. Please send a query, first 50 pages and synopsis to email@example.com. Look forward to reading!
-Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis