PW #367: Young Adult Fantasy: COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Lynnette Labelle and Destiny Cole
Mentee Name: Meghan Jashinsky
Title: COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 75,000 words

Pitch:

Princess Skylla is a nightmare from which her kingdom will never wake. She’ll use their bones to clean her teeth and wear their intestines like ribbons. It’s the least they deserve after what they did to her family the night of the Slaughter.

But the rebel leader Ariadne and her people refuse to continue living in fear. They must overthrow the princess, and this time, they’ll get it right.

It’s THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER meets THE YOUNG ELITES.

Excerpt:

That imbecile got blood on my crown.

I should have Ero’s fingers cut off for this. He’s worked for me long enough to know the consequences. Still, it’d be a shame to disfigure a body that impressive. Besides, this isn’t one of his usual responsibilities. I’ll give him one last chance.

“I’m sorry, your Majesty.” He casts his dark eyes to the blood-stained floors.

“You should be,” I say. “Fix the hem. It’s uneven.”

He stumbles to the back of my train and gives me a look mingled with terror and awe. It sends a thrill down my spine. Days away from turning sixteen, the orphan princess has managed to strike fear into her own Captain of the Guard.

They cower in my presence. I love it.

I grin at my reflection, my teeth brilliant behind my black silken veil. Ero dips a syringe into one of the many buckets stationed around my dressing room, sucking up the thick blood.

 

Author: Heather Cashman

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she's going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI

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  1. 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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  2. Oh super dark, love the sound of this! Please send your first 50 pages as a Word document to querylindsay@emeraldcityliterary.com. Include Pitch Wars in the subject line along with your query in the body of your email.

    Thanks!

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  3. Oooohhh. Deliciously dark. Could you send me the official query in the body of an email, the first 50 pages in an attached Word doc, and “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line to laura(at)triadaus(dot)com? Thanks!

    –Laura Crockett, TriadaUS Literary Agency

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  4. I’d love to read ore of this! Please send me the full as an attached word doc, to Querymandy@emeraldcityliterary.com. (Lindsay and I both requested this, and that’s okay– we’ll chat about it internally.) Thanks! -M

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  5. Would love to see more of this! Could you please send the query & the 1st 50 pages as a Word doc to kristy[dot]hunter@knightagency[dot]net with “Pitch Wars: TITLE” in the subject line.Thanks!

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  6. I’d love to see this! Please send the query, first fifty pages, and a synopsis to kirsten[at]prospectagency[dot]com. Looking forward to reading more!

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  7. I would love to see this! Please include the query and synopsis in the body of the email, attach the manuscript, and send to alex@inklingsliterary.com with Subject line “Pitch Wars Request: COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON.” Thanks!

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