PW #228: YA Paranormal Comedy: ALEXIS VS THE AFTERLIFE

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Manuscript Status: 2 weeks delivery

Mentor Name: Tamara Mataya and JC Nelson
Mentee Name: Marcus Alexander Hart
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal Comedy
Wordcount: 92,000


When seventeen-year-old former child star Alexis drops dead, she finds the afterlife disturbingly similar to her old sitcom. Monsters are real, and so is the nonsense TV magic she used to destroy them. But Alexis wants no part of fighting off a paranormal apocalypse until she falls for a ghostly Chinese cowgirl who gives her something worth fighting for.


I slouched on a stool at the end of a Hollywood dive bar, feeding a sticky tumbler of peach schnapps to tomorrow’s hangover. I was lucky nobody ever checked my ID south of the Miracle Mile. Or maybe I just looked more burned out than any seventeen-year-old had a right to be.

A girl-and-boy twee pop duo were ukulele-and-tambourining their way through their set on a stage behind me. The drunks tried their best to tune them out, but the girl’s piercing warble refused to be ignored. Six acts were performing here tonight, each of us getting twenty-five bucks to show off our talents. Most were being grossly overpaid.

I shot the rest of my drink and signaled the bartender—a curvy brunette wearing a shirt cut so low it could have doubled as a tip jar. She looked playfully disappointed in me as she refilled my glass. “You might wanna cut back a little, girlfriend. Your bar tab is about to eclipse your gig payment.”

I shrugged. “Eh. No money, no problems.”

She raised a pierced eyebrow. “Tell you what, how ’bout I hold onto a few bucks and pick up a little something special for you?”

My heart raced at her wry smile. Was she… flirting? Holy crap, she was flirting! I sat up a little straighter and smiled. “Sure. What do you have in mind?”

“Some deodorant. You reek.”

Not flirting. Definitely not flirting.


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 absolutely love this! 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. 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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  3. 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 – ALEXIS VS THE AFTERLIFE” as the subject. I can’t wait to take a look!

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