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PW#432: Adult Contemporary Romance: THE (IM)PERFECT PLAN

Monday, 2 November 2015  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

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Manuscript Status: 6 week delivery

Mentor Name: Brighton Walsh
Mentee Name:
Lisa Houghton
Contemporary Romance
Word Count:


Marrying her college sweetheart was not part of Andy’s plan. Neither was fleeing two months after the wedding. Ten years later, her plan is back on track, but before she can become partner and move forward with her Ken-doll almost-fiancé, she needs to handle one pesky thing—all six feet, four inches of unnervingly sexy estranged husband. Back in a town she hates full of people who hate her right back, Andy’s forced to face her demons and decide if perfect is really all it’s cracked up to be.


Andy was a bitch. Everybody knew it, including Andy. But as the rooster tail of dust behind her Porsche Boxster followed her into Allington, she couldn’t have cared less. She’d been all sugar and no spice for a long time, and it had gotten her a whole lot of fuck-all. Now she was living her dreams, so god bless bitchiness. There was only one small hitch still left in her perfect plan, and that hitch happened to live here, smack dab in the middle of nowhere. Exactly where she’d come from and sworn she wouldn’t ever return.

Andy pushed her sunglasses up on her head to get a better look as the town came into view, and put her Louboutin stiletto on the brake. She brushed her dark blowout over one shoulder, and looked down the valley over her past. It looked just like she remembered. Too small, too tidy, too tame.

Allington was a college town in southern Oregon, just close enough to California to make the locals nervous and just far enough away from the ocean that there was no reason to be here if you didn’t have to be. Right now, in the summer, almost all of the students were gone and the place was nearly deserted.


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  • I always love a good second chance romance, and the voice in the sample here is great! I would love to see more of this. Please send a query and the first 100 pages as a Word doc attachment to patricia@marsallyonliteraryagency.com, and make sure to put “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line of the email. Thanks – I’m looking forward to reading on!

  • Carrie Pestritto says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to see what happens! Please send the first 100 pages as a Word doc attachment to carrie@prospectagency.com, with the subject line “Pitch Wars Request.” Thank you and I look forward to reading more!

  • Caitie Flum says:

    I love this voice! I would love to see the first 100 pages, sent as a Word attachment, to querycaitie(at)lizadawson(dot)com, with the words “#PitchWars request” in the subject and your query pasted in the body of the email.

  • Taylor Haggerty says:

    This sounds so fun — I’d love to keep reading! Please feel free to send the query and full ms (as a word doc) to taylorsubmit@waxmanleavell.com. Thanks!

  • Lana Popovic says:

    This reminds me of SWEET HOME ALABAMA, for which I have a terrible soft spot. May I see the full please, to lana@chalbergsussman.com, with Pitch Wars and the title in the subject line? I’d love to see the query in the body of the email as well.

  • Jennifer says:

    I love the premise and voice here! Can you please send the full MS (Word attachment) to queryjennifer@fuseliterary.com Can’t wait to read more!

  • Yes, please. I would love to see more. If you’re interested at all, please send the first 50 pages (as a .doc) along with your query letter and a short synopsis (pasted in the body of the email) to submissions(at)jaw-litagent(dot)com with the subject line “Pitch Wars request: THE (IM)PERFECT PLAN”. Thanks so much, Julia

  • Hi Lisa!

    This sounds super fun and like someone above said: like SWEET HOME ALABAMA! I’d love to see a synopsis and three chapters. Can you send (with Pitch Wars in the subject heading) your work in a word doc to query(at)psliterary(dot)com?


    Carly Watters
    VP & Senior Literary Agent
    P.S. Literary Agency

  • I’d love to read the full manuscript!


    Send as an attached word document, with the pitch you used here pasted into the first page of the doc. Send to: QueryMandy@EmeraldCityLiterary.com, and put “PITCH WARS REQUEST” in the subject line.



  • Margaret Bail says:

    Sounds like Sweet Home Alabama…which I love! Please send query letter, 1-2 pg synopsis, and full ms to margaret(at)inklingsliterary.com, and include Pitch Wars in the subject line.

  • I LOVE this sample. Please send the full my way as a doc attachment to jessica@dijkstraagency.com. Don’t forget to put “pitchwars” in the subject line, and please also include your synopsis. Thanks!


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