PW #109: Adult Contemporary Romance: ALL SONGS ARE LOVE SONGS

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor: Mary Ann Marlowe and Jaime Loren
Mentee: Gwynne Jackson
Title: ALL SONGS ARE LOVE SONGS
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 91,000

Pitch:

Roadie Jesse lands a job as assistant to a rock star, catapulting her into the public eye and putting the spotlight on her relationship with bass tech Wes. But a fan-fueled smear campaign threatens to force Jesse to leave her dream job to protect the man she loves.

Excerpt:

Tonight, no one’s allowed in with the band.

The post-gig music’s vibrating into the soles of my feet like a living organism when a voice squawks urgently into my headset. One got past, Jesse, what do we do?

And they call themselves security?

“On it.” I block the dressing room door. It’s showtime.

The fan’s as high as a kite, I can tell. She flips the bird to the venue guys reaching for her. Skidding to a stop, she looks me up and down through glazed eyes.

“A girl? Are you kidding me?”

She tries to push past, but I’m stronger than I look. Catching the groupie by the shoulders, I give her a little rattle. Not enough to make her file charges, but enough to shake her head out of her ass and help her feet find solid ground.

“You see that guy?” Our road manager’s barreling toward us. “He runs the show. Go hang with him. I’ll check to see if the band’s up for visitors.”

Her eyes flit between me and the dressing room. Only one of these is the prize she’s looking for, and my heart goes out to her in sympathy. I know what it’s like to want to meet your idols. I know what it’s like to want that so bad you can’t sleep, so bad you’d do anything to fight past the arms holding you back. For a brief moment I think she’ll back down.

Nope. She lunges for the keys chained to my belt.

Author: Heather Cashman

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she's going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI

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  1. Hi! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages Please send them as a word attachment to querycaitie (at) liza (dot) com with your query in the email, with the PitchWars request in the subject.

    Caitie

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    • Eeek – in my excitement, I put the wrong email addreds! querycaitie (at) lizadawson (dot) com

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  2. I’m digging the voice here! Please send the entire MS in a word doc to laura [at] redsofaliterary.com! I’m excited to read more!

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  3. I’d love to take a look! Can you send along the query (pasted into the body of the email) and the first 50 pages (attached as a .doc) when you have a moment to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com? Also, please include Pitch Wars and the title in the subject line. Thanks!

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  4. This sounds right up my alley! I’d love to read the first 100 pages of this if you would please send as a Word attachment. You can email me directly at carrie(at)prospectagency(dot)com. If you would put PITCH WARS in the subject and the query in the body of the email that would be great. Excited to read more!!

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  5. I’d love to read! Please feel free to send the query and full manuscript (as a word doc) to taylorsubmit@waxmanleavell.com w/PitchWars in the subject line. Thanks!

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  6. I’d love take a look at the full manuscript. Please feel free to send it along as a word document to andrea [at] harveyklinger.com with “PitchWars Requested Manuscript” in the subject line. Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading.
    best,
    Andrea Somberg
    Harvey Klinger Inc.

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  7. This is great. I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please feel free to send it along with the query, synopsis and chapter summaries to nicole [at] goldenwheatliterary [dot] com.

    Thanks,

    Nicole

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