Manuscript Status: Finished
Mentor Name: Lisa Amowitz
Mentee Name: Erica Waters
Title: SHADY GROVE, MY LITTLE LOVE
Genre: Southern Gothic #ownvoices (Bi)
Word Count: 71,000
When her brother is arrested for murder, Shady must find her family’s ghost-raising fiddle to conjure the spirit who can prove his innocence. But the fiddle’s dark thrall threatens her own freedom, drawing her into the grief and nightmares that claimed her daddy’s life.
I’m as restless as the ghosts today. The sigh of the trees makes my scalp prickle, my senses strain. There’s something waiting for me in the silences between the notes we play, like a vibration too low for human ears. It’s been here in the woods for weeks, just out of my reach.
No one else notices. Sarah leans over her banjo, dark hair falling across her forehead, mouth set in concentration. The music that spins from her fingertips is bright as the sunshine drifting across the pine needles in trembling pools.
The wood behind her glows golden right up to the edge of Mama’s property, where the true forest begins. There, the sunlight loses its hold, fading to shadows. Those trees grow tall and close together, clotted with brambles and vines. That’s where the ghosts who spill out of Aunt Ena’s house like to linger, mingling their whispers with the wind.
“Jesus, Shady,” Sarah says, her voice hacking through the song like a machete. Orlando slaps his hand over his guitar strings to mute the chord he fumbled. “You missed your cue again. Why didn’t you come in?”
“Sorry,” I say, glancing at the fiddle in my lap. “There’s not much for me to do in this song.” But the truth is, this song doesn’t mean anything to me. I want to learn to play bluegrass the way my daddy did—like it’s the breath in my lungs, the beat of my heart. And I never will if Sarah keeps picking all these folk-rock songs.
I’d love to read more!
Please send your query with a FULL manuscript (attached as a Word Doc) to email@example.com with PitchWars Request for Kira Watson + TITLE.
Emma Sweeney Agency
I would love to read more of this! Please send me a query, the full manuscript, and a one-sentence description of the basic premise at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
I was super intrigued by your pitch and sample and definitely want to read more of this!! Please send me your query and first 100 pages, with the subject “PITCHWARS REQUEST,” to carrie(at)prospectagency(dot)com. Thank you and excited to see more!
I’d love to take a closer look at the first 100 pages. Please send them attached as a word document to: email@example.com
I love this! As a southerner I love gothic. Please send a ‘query’ through my Query Manager and I’ll request the full through the system. http://QueryMe.Online/QueryPam
Erica, I’d love to read 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