PW #340: Young Adult Space Opera: THE LAST RELIC

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Monica M. Hoffman
Mentee Name: Mikki Tolley
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Space Opera
Word Count: 110,000


Princess Lusi has a secret. She lacks the Calm—a power to spread peace the League of Nine Worlds depends on. Her plans to escape her legacy are thwarted when a vengeful warlord storms the palace, taking over her planet with his cyborg army. Now Lusi must forgo her freedom when she’s forced to strike a deal with exiled rebels to save her empire and prevent a catastrophic war. FROZEN meets STAR WARS.


I stared at the thick steel door across from me, palms slick as I gripped the armrests of my chair. They were finally going to let me out. Any second now, my parents would come for me, releasing me from a lifetime of restless confinement.

The guards at the exit adjusted the pulse-rifles in their hands, as if sensing my focus. Their presence clashed with the elaborate white flower arrangements balancing on delicate tables beside them. But their job in the princess quarters of the imperial palace was simple: prevent my escape and report any suspicious behavior. Even on the night of my crowning.

“Your Majesty?” said a timid voice.

I glanced down at the stylist kneeling before me, paintbrush in hand. She pointed at my leg with a rueful grimace. My knees knocked together, smudging the elaborate artwork peeking through the high slit of my dress.

“Sorry,” I said, cringing.

Flexing my muscles, I held still in spite of my jitters. The body art for my public debut was a ridiculous custom. It covered every inch of my visible limbs, and the sharp smell burned my nostrils, leaving me with a dull headache. As the paint dried, my skin began to tighten and itch in a furious way.

It doesn’t matter, I reminded myself, forcing a deep breath. It will all be worth it after tonight.

Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages! Please send your query pasted in the email and the pages attached in a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com


    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

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  2. 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, with subject line: PITCH WARS + Title.
    Thank you! 🙂

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  3. Dear Mikki,
    I always enjoy a good space opera. May I request the manuscript as a Word attachment sent to submissions at Stonesong dot com?
    Thank you!

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  4. Sounds beautiful! Could I see the full, please, as a PDF, sent to lana@chalbergussman along with the query and “Pitch Wars” in the subject line? Thanks so much!

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


    Melissa Nasson
    Rubin Pfeffer Content

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  6. I’d love to take a look! Please send the first 50 pages (.doc attachment) and your query letter (pasted into the body of the email) to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com, with PitchWars and the title in the subject line. Thanks!

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