PW # 208: YA Historical Fantasy: A COAT OF FUR AND MOONLIGHT

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Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Rosalyn Eves
Mentee Name: Cindy Baldwin
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Word Count: 87,800


Fifteen-year-old David has always been forbidden from the beach less than a mile from his doorstep. When he breaks his mother’s cardinal rule and sneaks down anyway, the selkie girl he meets will either give him the key to uncover generations of heartbreak behind Mom’s rules—or tear their family apart. Sarah Addison Allen meets THE SCORPIO RACES.


David had lived his whole life on an island and never touched the sea.

Tonight, that was going to change.

Anger coursed through him as he walked away from his house, using long strides that moved the ground quickly beneath him. At the first side street he came to he turned left, and stopped.

The road below him unfolded in a gentle hill, black asphalt dusted with sand. And at the end of it—visible through scrubby trees and a few beachfront watermen’s cottages—lay the ocean.

The water was indigo in the evening light, so dark it was nearly black, the foam on the breakers gleaming silver. Wisps of cloud scudded above the horizon, already painted yellow in anticipation of the sunset that was on its way. A single pelican soared above it all, as graceful in the air as it was awkward on the land.

David had come here, to the intersection of Tressom’s Main Street and Atlantic Avenue, more times than he could possibly count. Even from this distance he could feel the sea pulsing in his blood, hear the crash and roar of the waves singing through him. Sometimes he’d sit at the top of Atlantic, not much worried about car traffic because nobody on the island drove anyway, and watch the water until it grew so dark he couldn’t see anything but the glint of starlight on the whitecaps.

But tonight, he went further.


Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. I love a good selkie story! Please send the first 100 pages as a Word doc attachment to, with the subject line “Pitch Wars Request.” Thank you and I look forward to reading more!

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  2. Ah selkies 🙂 I’d love to take a look at the first 100 pages. Please send them as an attached doc with the subject line Pitch Wars Request to I can’t wait to dive in!

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  3. I’d like to see more. Please send the manuscript and a query letter (MS Word preferred, PDF okay) to carlie @ with the subject line PITCH WARS REQUEST: Title of Work.

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  4. Hi, Cindy- I love selkies! I’d be excited to read further. Please email the first 100 pages to as a Word doc, and be sure to put Pitch Wars and the title in the subject line. Thanks!

    Melissa Nasson, Esq.
    Associate Agent
    Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC

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  5. I’d love to read this full manuscript! Please send it attached as a word document to:



    Rena Rossner

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  6. I’d like to read more! Please send the first 50 pages in Word format and a query letter to, and include “Stefanie Lieberman” in the subject line of the email. Thanks!

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