PW #307: Young Adult Contemporary (Own Voices): VERA WITH A VENGEANCE

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor: Diana Gallagher
Mentee: Tracy Gold
Category/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary (Own Voices)
Word Count: 84,000


Vera Davis isn’t your typical teenage entrepreneur. She’s in the business of getting even.

However, while helping a client get payback for a leaked nude picture, Vera discovers the “accident” that killed her parents and paralyzed her basketball hot-shot brother was all about vengeance, too.

Now Vera must decide whether getting revenge is worth getting blood on her hands.

“Veronica Mars” meets “Pretty Little Liars.”


This creeper keeps staring at me with this little half smile, like he thinks I want his eyes undressing me. His wife is shopping for an evening gown. A good commission, if I make the sale. His face, all chin and cheekbones, reeks of always getting what he wants—women, money, free drinks in first class.

I want to tell him off, but I need this job. I look at my boss for rescue. He mouths *work it.* I force myself to smile. I can only work so much after school and I need this sale for my monthly quota.

Creeper’s gold smartwatch buzzes, and he glances away from me. Those watches cost ten grand. Ten grand would pay for three months of the mortgage. Ten grand could keep Reuel and me from losing the house our parents raised us in.

Creeper’s gaze drifts from his watch to my boobs. Before the accident, I wouldn’t have let anyone look at me like that. Now, money matters more.

“Honey, what about this?” The wife holds up a blue dress. Her thick makeup doesn’t hide her frown lines. Keeping this guy must not be easy. I can’t imagine any scenario where it’s worth it. Then his smartwatch flashes, and I almost understand.

“Sexy. Try it on.” He looks at me.

I’d like to try my knee in his balls.

Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. I’d love to take a look! Please email the first 50 pp to with the title and PitchWars in the subject.

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  2. I’d like to see more. Please send 50 pages to slieberman (at) janklow (dot) com with query, and please reference Pitch Wars in the subject line.

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  3. I adore her snark here! I would love to see the full manuscript in Word format with the pitch pasted onto the first page. Please send materials to with PITCH WARS in the subject line.

    Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to it!

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  4. I’m interested in seeing more of this! Please send the query + the full manuscript (as a word document) to rachel(at)lperkinsagency(dot)com with Pitch Wars: TITLE in the subject line. Thanks!

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  5. This looks awesome! 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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  6. Love the voice here! Please send the full manuscript as a Word document with “YA: (title)” as the subject line to amy (at) aplusbworks (dot) com. Thank you!

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  7. Hi Tracy–I LOVE this premise and concept, and the opening page is great. Please send the manuscript and a synopsis as Word doc attachments to with Pitch Wars and Query + title in the subject line. Can’t wait to read!

    Roseanne Wells
    The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

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  8. I would love to see this! Please include the query and synopsis in the body of the email, attach the manuscript, and send to with Subject line “Pitch Wars Request: VERA WITH A VENGEANCE”. Thanks!

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