PW #303: Young Adult Urban Fantasy: THE MEMORY KEEPER

Manuscript Status: 2 week delivery

Mentor: Lizzy Charles
Mentee: Talynn Lynn
Title: THE MEMORY KEEPER
Category/Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 73,000

Pitch:

Skyla Jenkins has mere hours to find her sister Morrow’s memory book before the rogue memories that escaped it steal her twin’s identity forever. THE MEMORY KEEPER features an inconsistent narrator. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN meets FROZEN.

Excerpt:

Tonight was the night a thousand mirrors would shatter. The real me would be lost in the shards, scattered in the darkness.

My sister didn’t know. The last time I saw her she’d disappeared behind the etched glass doors of the Master Guild ceremony, dancing with her boyfriend, Jack. Soon the formalities would end and the real fun of the back-to-school party would start, out by the bonfire. Most parents and teachers would stand around and gossip by the buffet table. The students would sneak off outside for one last summer fling before classes began.

But I wouldn’t be there.

 Even though an urgent pressure threatened to squeeze the air from my lungs, I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye. There was only one way to escape what was coming and I wanted her to know how much I loved her. I clutched my chest, knowing the real person I was would soon be gone, forever severed from this life as it merged with the unknown of tomorrow. It would happen in one tiny step and fade as swift as my reflection disappeared from the glass of the mirror. 

I pressed the crystal envelope to my mouth, fogging it with my breath and leaving a baby pink lipstick mark. I wiped it away with the heel of my hand. The pure gold seal was engraved with my name. Not my initial. My full name. Skyla Laenaya Rose Jenkins, in calligraphy. An invitation from the Diamond Guild was a rare sight, one not to be frowned upon. My fingers trembled.

Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. I love this! I’d love to read more. Please send the full manuscript with the query pasted into the first page to Suzie at newleafliterary dot com. Put REQUESTED PITCH WARS in the subject line. Thanks!

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  2. I would love to see more of this! Please send a query (in the body of the email) plus the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment to patricia@marsallyonliteraryagency.com, and make sure to put “Pitch Wars Request” and the title in the subject line.

    Looking forward to reading!

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  3. I’d like to see more. Please send 50 pages to submissions@janklow.com with query, and please include “Pitch Wars – Stefanie Lieberman” in the subject line.

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  4. I’d love to keep reading! Please send the full manuscript as a Word doc or PDF with your query in the body of the email to melissa@rpcontent.com, and be sure to put “Pitch Wars” in the subject line.

    Thanks!

    Melissa Nasson
    Rubin Pfeffer Content

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  5. I love the sound of this story and your decision to have an unreliable narrator ! I cannot wait. Please send the full manuscript to stacey@donaghyliterary.com as a word attachment with the query in the body of the email. Use email subject #PitchWars-TITLE-YA Urban Fantasy.

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