PW #321: Young Adult Contemporary LGBT (Own Voices): FEMSLASH

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor: Kes Trester/Jennifer Hawkins
Mentee: Anna Brittian
Title: FEMSLASH
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary LGBT (Own Voices)
Word Count: 60,000

Pitch:

YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets FANGIRL: By day, Iliana and Rhodes tear each other down to the studs as they compete for the same scholarship. By night, they unknowingly piece each other together again through their performing art school’s anonymous fanfic community. Worlds collide when Iliana’s laptop is stolen and an online bully threatens to make their identities—and their relationship—public knowledge. FEMSLASH would appeal to fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and Robin Talley.

Excerpt:

Rhodes Ingram never thought she’d peak at seventeen.

She always knew better than to be a braggart – mastery of her craft would be couched somewhere between variety of style in her graduating class and the subjective nature of personal taste. But there it was, just the same, winking from around the edges of a humble facade.

Today, India ink has dried under her nails and it stains the webs between her fingers. Graphite blackens her wrists and knuckles, smudges her jawbone, and marks the inside corners of her eyes.

It could be bruises. It could be camouflage.

On critique day, it’s both.

Iliana Vrionides’ hand shoots up from the front of the room, all-too-familiar and fastidiously clean. This moment is a calculated blow, and Rhodes braces for impact.

“The difference between a dog walking all over a canvas with paint on his feet and a human doing the same thing is creative expression.” Iliana gestures to where Rhodes’ work hangs pinned to the wall. “This? Isn’t art. It’s the product of a raccoon with a paintbrush tied to its paw. You’re going through the motions, and it means literally nothing to you.”

Iliana Vrionides is a bitch.

She’s brutal.

She’s mean spirited.

Worst of all, she’s right.

Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. This voice sucked me right in. I’d be delighted to read. Please send the full manuscript as a Microsoft word document to brent[at]triadaus[dot][com] with “Pitch Wars request” in the subject line and your query letter in the body of the message. Can’t wait to dip in!

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  2. This voice is amazing, and this premise is so important to me! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please send it to cmcdonald@maassagency.com, along with the query letter and synopsis, and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Thanks!

    Caitlin McDonald
    Donald Maass Literary Agency

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  3. Hi Anna,
    What a great voice—I’d love to read more of this! Please send a query, synopsis, and full manuscript (Word documents will suffice) to ssulaiman@talcottnotch.net — and don’t forget to mention #PitchWars in your subject line. Thanks—looking forward to my read!
    Good luck,
    –Saba

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  4. I’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.

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  5. Would love to see the full! Can you please send the full ms, along with the query + 10 pages pasted in the body of the email to flahertyqueries@thebentagency.com, with subject line: PITCH WARS + Title.

    Thank you! 🙂

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  6. I love artists in YA novels – and you had me with the comps. Please send the full manuscript as a Word doc with YA and the title as the subject line to amy (at) aplusbworks (dot) com.

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  7. I’d love to keep reading. Please send the full manuscript attached as a Word document to queries@parkliterary.com with “Pitch Wars – Pete Knapp” in the subject. Looking forward to reading! – Pete Knapp

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  8. 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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  9. I’m definitely intrigued with this one! Please send your full manuscript to brooks@thebentagency.com as a Word attachment, along with your query and a synopsis (if available) with “PITCH WARS: FEMSLASH” in the subject of your email. Looking forward to reading more!

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  10. I would love to see more of this! Please send a query (in the body of the email) plus the full manuscript 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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  11. I’d love to see a full of this! Please send it to strothmanagency (at ) gmail (.) com as an attached word document (.doc) with REQUESTED PITCH WARS in the subject line.

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  12. Such a great premise, and I already love these characters! I’d love to see the full manuscript. Please send it + query + synopsis to LBiagi (at) jvnla (dot) com, with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Excited to read!

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  13. This sounds AMAZING on every level. Could I see the full ms, please, as a PDF, sent to lana@chalbergsussman.com with a synopsis and “Pitch Wars” in the subject line? Really looking forward to reading!

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  14. Love this concept so much. Please send the full manuscript attached as a Word doc with your query in the body of the email to queryjennifer[at]lizadawson[dot]com. And I see that Caitie also requested–please just remind us both when you send, and we’ll sort it out.

    Thank you!
    – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Liza Dawson Associates

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  15. Hi! I’d love to take a closer look at your work. Please send your query letter in the body of an email and attach the full manuscript as a word or pdf doc. You can reach me at lgarrison (at) thegernertco (dot) com. Thank you!

    ~Logan Garrison Savits
    The Gernert Company

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  16. Hi Anna,

    This was fabulous! I’d love to read more! Can you please send the complete manuscript – as either a Word Doc or PDF – to victoria.queries@irenegoodman,com with “pitchwars” somewhere in the subject line!

    Thank you so much!

    Victoria

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  17. This sounds awesome! 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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  18. Hi Anna–Great comp titles and premise, love the opening. Please send the manuscript and a synopsis as Word doc attachments to queryroseanne@gmail.com 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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