Mentor Name: Ashley Hearn
Mentee Name: Alexis Henderson
Title: YEAR OF BONE
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Romantic Horror #ownvoices
Word Count: 85,000 words
In Bethel, where blood buys forgiveness, witches burn, and the prophet’s word is law, Immanuel knows the key to salvation is total conformity.
But when an undead witch reveals grim truths about the church, Immanuel’s faith is shaken. Torn between the witch’s plight and the prophet’s holy creed, Immanuel must team up with a devious apostle to save Bethel from the darkness within itself.
Feminist. Black girl horror. THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets BLOOD AND SALT.
She was born breech, in the deep of the night. The midwife, Martha, had to seize her by the ankles and drag her from the womb. She slipped out easily, dropped limp into Martha’s arms, and lay still as stone.
The child’s mother gave a low groan, a cry that bubbled up from her belly. She grasped at the folds of her nightdress, its hem soaked black with blood, but she made no move to reach for her child. Instead, she turned her head, cheek pressed to the tabletop, and stared across the kitchen to the window above the sink, gazing into the woods.
“Her name,” she demanded, eyes sharp with moonlight. “Give me her name.”
The midwife took the babe, cut her cord, and swaddled her in a scrap of burlap. The child was cold against her breast, and she would have thought her dead if it weren’t for the name that rattled at the back of her throat, its flavor bitter as bile, and yet sweet as wine. The taste of the name the Lord had chosen for her. But she didn’t want to say it—not out loud.
With the last of her strength, the mother twisted to face her. “The name, Martha. I want her name.”
“Immanuel,” she finally bit out like a curse. “She will be called Immanuel.”
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The Bent Agency
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This looks fantastic!
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This sounds fantastic! Please send me the pitch and the full manuscript! Kathleen@AndreaBrownLit.com. I can’t wait!
I’ve cleared my calendar.
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Hi Alexis, I would looooooove to see more of this! So good!
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Thank you so much!
Heather Flaherty (The Bent Agency)
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Hi Alexis – This sounds incredible! I would love to take a look at your full manuscript. Please submit the full using my Pitch Wars QM page here: https://querymanager.com/query/Justin_Wells/Pitch_Wars
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Wow, this is phenomenal! Please do send along your query + first 3 chapters to me at joan at emliterary.com – so look forward to reading 🙂
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I look forward to reading on!
Azantian Literary Agency
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Hi Alexis – Holy crap I am so, so hooked by everything in this opening! Please email your query with full ms attached as a Word doc to email@example.com with PitchWars Request + YEAR OF BONE in the subject line. Thanks and I look forward to reading more! – Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates
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Ahhh so I commented on this last night from my phone and am SO GLAD I checked again today because it didn’t show up. Please send me the full manuscript to Kathleen@AndreaBrownLit.com. I absolutely can’t wait. This is so up my alley!
So excited to read more!! Please send the full to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!
Great opening! I got chills. Please send a query letter, bio, and first 15 pages to email@example.com using subject line: Pitch Wars Req – YEAR OF BONE.
Wow – consider me intrigued! I’d love to read more. Please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org with the full manuscript attached.
Oh my gosh I am dying to read this book. Please send me the full manuscript!!! 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’ve heard fantastic things about your writing from some of the mentors and would LOVE to take a further look! YEAR OF BONE looks like it will be right up my alley! Please could you send the full manuscript attached in a word document? I would really appreciate it if you would label your query REQUESTED: Pitch Wars and label the document with your last name and the title.
Thank you so much! I truly can’t wait to dive in!
Oh, wow. Alexis, these opening lines are phenomenal! I’m in a mood for witches, and I’d love to keep reading. 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: YEAR OF BONE.” Can’t wait to see more!
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Hi Alexis, I need this more than I can say. Please send me the manuscript at QueryMe.online/1067/PitchWars2017. Thank you!
It sounds great and I’d love to see more. Please send the full manuscript, along with your query, to email@example.com under the subject line: Pitch Wars / Year of Bone. Thanks!
This is chilling! I’d love to read more! Please send the full manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include #Pitchwars in the subject line. I can’t wait to dive in!
The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
ALEXIS!!! You know I’ve been super excited about YEAR OF BONE, so I am TOTALLY JUMPING at writing this right now! 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 + YEAR OF BONE in subj. line, please. Did I mention that I’m excited to read your book?! – Kiana
Yes, yes yes! This sounds AMAZING! 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.
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This opening is amazing – so vivid and precise – as is the premise. And I know you’ve been in good hands with Ashley. I’d love to read more – please kindly send the full and a synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Pitchwars – Title” in the subject field. Can’t wait to keep reading!
YES YES YES! 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!
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I can’t wait to read!
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