Pitchwars Badge (Square YA)

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Laura Salters
Mentee Name: Rebecca McLaughlin
Category: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 105,000


Coin is Nameless—no home, no family, no legal rights—but she’s just been named Queen.

If she finds her name, the Royals will fit her for a crown. If she fails, they’ll fit her for a noose.

And she’s not the only one searching.



I wake up the same way I fell asleep: knife in hand, boots for a pillow, and Nameless.

When I push away the heavy window shutter, a shiver runs up my arms. My shoulder aches from sleeping on my side, but that’s the best way to stay warm: small spaces and a candle flame. I pull on my boots, wiggling the numbness from my toes.

Curling my fingers into my threadbare sleeves, I leave behind the pungent puddles and uneven alley brickwork for the smoother cobblestone street bearing the morning foot traffic. Passersby shrug off yawns as vendors shout their prices. Two iron rings for a jar of dried apples. Three copper coins for a cut of a morning pastry.

The city of Seriden is waking up.

Ren waits for me at the corner. Most mornings, he trades our stolen coins for a breakfast of stale cornbread while I pick out bump-grab marks. The easiest are pudgy-faced Legals with leather purses flaunted at their waists, or flashy gems dangling past their stiff, starched collars.

Usually Ren leans against the dark bricks, staring out at the morning crowds, his shoulders even and strong, a small smile on his lips that I don’t think he notices.

Today, he’s fidgeting; shoulders pinched, fingers twitching. Never a good sign.

“Bad news?” I ask. Fresh air, sharp with ocean salt, chases away my morning lethargy.

He grabs my hand and pulls me back down the alley. So much for fresh air.


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. Sounds fascinating! Please send the full manuscript to, with Pitch Wars – Danielle in the subject line. Thanks!

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  2. I would love to take a look at this along with Danielle at NL — no need to resend, I can get the same copy that you sent the the query email — but excited to read!

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  3. Amnesia and royal succession–two of my favorite things, and not unusually seen together 🙂 I’d love to see the full ms, please, as a PDF, sent to with Pitch Wars and the title in the subject line. Looking forward to it!

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  4. This is right up my alley– I’m hooked!


    Please send the full as an attached word document, with the pitch you used here pasted into the first page. Send it to


    Mandy Hubbard
    Emerald City Literary Agency
    (Formerly D4EO Literary)

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  5. Fantastic pitch! I’d love to have a look. I’m at Word attachments are most preferable if possible!

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  6. I’d love to take a look! Please send query (in the body of the email) with synopsis and full manuscript (attached as Word documents) to ESubmissions at Please mention Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thank you!

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  7. Hi, Rebecca- I would love to read more of this! Please email the full to as a Word doc, and be sure to put Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thanks!

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

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  8. So I know Pete and Danielle have already requested this, but… I’d love to read it too! Send me the query + full ms at 🙂

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



    Rena Rossner

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  10. Wow, looks like I need to read this one fast. I’d like to see more! Please send a query + the full MS to leon@lperkinsagency (with Pitch Wars in the subject line), along with a one-sentence description of your book.

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  11. I’d love to read more! Please send the first 100 pages in Word format and a query letter to, and include “Stefanie Lieberman” in the subject line of the email. Thank you!

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  12. I’d love to read the full. Please send it along with the query to: furyqueries(at)thebentagency(dot)com
    Include #pitchwars: (Title) in the subject line.

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  13. What an interesting premise!Please send the first 100 pages, query and synopsis to chquery[at]mcintoshandotis[dot]com and put “Pitch Wars request” in the subject line.

    Christa Heschke
    McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

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  14. I love this and definitely want to see more. Please send the query + synopsis + First 50 pages (I know the question always asked — you can go to the end of a chapter, but no more than 60 pages!) in one word doc to MFsubmissions [at] with “PitchWars Request – THE NAMELESS QUEEN” as the subject. I can’t wait to take a look!

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  15. Hi Rebecca! I emailed you (a somewhat long-winded one with a whole backstory to the email listed on your website) but just in case, I would love to take a look at this! Please send along the full to

    Thank you!


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