PW #129: Adult Humorous Women’s Fiction (#ownvoices): MY NAME IS NOT JULIE

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Names: Sarah Henning and Kellye Garrett
Mentee Name: Suzanne Park
Title: MY NAME IS NOT JULIE
Category: Adult
Genre: Humorous Women’s Fiction (#ownvoices)
Word Count: 76,000

Pitch:

MASTER OF NONE meets BRIDGET JONES: Drowning in a never-ending onslaught of parental nagging, work catastrophes, and romantic blunders, unlucky-at-life Korean-American millennial Julia Jung is fed up and wants a do-over. Pronto. She moves on a whim to Seattle with no job, cash or friends, and must figure out how to navigate adulthood relying only on herself.

Excerpt:

Only I could wind up with the nickname “Dog Shit Girl” after less than four months on the job. Amazing, right? That title was bestowed on me when I managed to have three (yes, three) canine feces incidents in one week.

It all started when I joined my ad agency’s charity sports team. I’m not an athlete by any means, although if there were ever an elliptical machine pedal-a-thon I could probably hold my own (at a low intensity and no incline). “Rah! Rah!” team spirit activities instinctively made me want to vomit all over the peppy people into that kind of shit. But the guy-girl ratio on the signup sheet for the charity sports thing was pretty damn good, and a lot of guys on my team were easy on the eyes.

The first activity of the day was softball, and when I stepped up to the plate, my team from Bates & Gray was tied with our opponents from a rival boutique agency. This didn’t bode well because my cumulative batting average for my entire lifespan was zero. The God’s honest truth was the last time I had ever attempted to hit anything with a bat was at a co-ed party in sixth grade. There was a piñata practically hemorrhaging candy, and I missed. Instead, I hit my sixth grade crush in the crotch with a clumsy, big swing. He probably can’t have children now because of me.

Sorry, Aiden Sweeney.

 

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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11 Comments

  1. The voice here is SO fun and I can’t help but want to read more. I’d be delighted to consider the full manuscript. Please send it as a Microsoft word document with “Pitch Wars manuscript” in the subject line, including your query letter in the body of the message. Looking forward to reading!

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  2. I’ve been looking for something just like this! Could you send me the official query in the body of the email, the first 50 pages in an attached Word doc, with “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line to laura(at)triadaus(dot)com? Thank you!

    –Laura Crockett, TriadaUS Literary Agency

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  3. I’d love to have a look. Send the manuscript along when you have a chance. A Word doc is most preferable if possible.

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  4. This cracked me up for the first line! Please send the full manuscript (as well as a synopsis if you have one) to lauren@triadaus.com with “Pitch Wars: [YOUR TITLE]” as the subject line. Please also include your query in the body of the email. I look forward to reading! 🙂

    -Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS

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  5. This sounds super fun! ’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please send it as a word attachment to querycaitie (at) lizadawson (dot) com with your query in the email, with the PitchWars request in the subject.

    Caitie

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    • Jennifer and I both requested this one – you can send to both and we will work it out on our end!

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  6. Funny! I would love to take a look at this. Please send the query and the full ms as a Word doc to amyc(at)kimberleycameron(dot)com and include #pitchwars in the subject line of the email. Looking forward to reading!

    Amy Cloughley, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.

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  7. This seems incredibly fun! Could you please send the query in the body of the email and the full manuscript attached as a Word doc to queryjennifer[at]lizadawson[dot]com? Thanks!

    – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Liza Dawson Associates

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  8. I love this! Please send it as a Microsoft word document with “Pitch Wars manuscript” in the subject line, including your query letter in the first page of the document. Suzie at newleafliterary dot com.

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  9. I’d like to see more! Please send a query and the first ten pages in the body of the email to submissions@janklow.com and please put “Pitch Wars – Stefanie Lieberman” in the subject line. Thank you!

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  10. LOL!! That voice!! 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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