PW #370: Young Adult Alternate History (Diverse): A COURT OF MIRACLES

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Names: Rosalyn Eves and Erin Summerill
Mentee Name: Kit Grant
Title: A COURT OF MIRACLES
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Alternate History, Diverse
Word Count: 95,000

Pitch:

Retelling of both LES MISERABLES and THE JUNGLE BOOK via Six Of Crows.

The French Revolution has failed. In the violent jungle of a Paris divided between merciless royalty and criminal guilds, a cat-burglar must protect her sister from a ruthless slave lord.

Excerpt:

I watch Ettie out of the corner of my eye. Father will beat us if she doesn’t learn fast. And she is not a fast learner.

The inn is roasting, too many bodies in too small a space. Voices merge into a dull roar. The air is thick with the scent of stale beer and sweet smoke from the pipes of the dreamers in the corner. Carrying drinks means navigating a maze of legs, wandering hands, and lecherous grins. Ettie knows to avoid the ones with the tattoos. Those are the ones you don’t want to trip over.

Ettie struggles beneath the weight of an iron jug. Water sloshes with her unsteady steps. She wobbles. A large hand grips her shoulder, steadying her.

“Not used to waiting on tables little one?” says a rough warm voice.

My heart sinks into my boots.

No, no, no…

I drop empty tankards onto a table, ignoring the protests of the customers, and push through the crowded floor towards her.

The man reaches for the jug of water and Ettie, relieved, lets him take it.

Don’t look at him.

She looks up, a golden curl escaping from her cap. She’s small and he is a giant of a man. He’s tanned, with yellow eyes, and hair bleached orange-blond from years spent on ships. The long, cording scars that cross like stripes from his forehead to cheek don’t take away from his magnetic charm. He smiles at Ettie, a smile that is all teeth, and god forgive her, she smiles back.

 

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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18 Comments

  1. Dear Kit,
    May I request three chapters as a Word attachment sent to me at submissions[at]stonesong[dot]com?
    Thank you!
    Emmanuelle

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

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  4. Oooh I would love to read this! Please send your manuscript in Word format, with your pitch pasted onto the first page, to HannahQuery@Ktliterary.com, with PITCH WARS in the subject line with your title.

    Thank you! I’m looking forward to it!

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  5. Hi Kit, I’d love to see more, so please send as a word doc attachment with the query in the body of the email to annie@foliolit.com with subject line: PitchWars Query: A COURT OF MIRACLES. Very much looking forward to diving back in!

    Best,

    Annie

    Annie Hwang
    Folio Literary Management

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  6. A very cool beginning – would love to read further. Please send your query and first 3 chapters my way, to joan at emliterary.com – thanks!

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  7. I’m obsessed with anything involving the French Revolution — failed or otherwise. Count me in! Tomi, 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: A COURT OF MIRACLES” in the subject of your email. I’m excited to keep reading!

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  8. I’d love to read more 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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  9. 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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  10. Hi Kit!

    What a fabulous mash-up! I’m so intrigued. 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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  11. Hiya – I’d love to read more. Could you send the query and a full to JennL at AndreaBrownLit dot com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line?
    Thanks!
    Jenn

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