Wednesday, September 21, 2016

YA Contemporary LGBT: THINGS WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO KNOW

Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT

Title: THINGS WE WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO KNOW

Word Count: 63,000

Special Question: Luke Skywalker because Elspeth Fairfax wants nothing more than to break free
from her powerful (possibly evil) family.

Pitch:

To fight their boarding school's book ban, rich-girl Elspeth and scholarship-girl Robin run an underground library. After the school's librarian is murdered, the girls try to discover if Holmes Academy is hiding more than novels.

First 250 words:

I thought I would feel prouder when my father told me I was a disappointment to the Fairfax name. After all, I've spent fourteen years trying not to end up like them. I just didn't think it would happen this way. Or that it would hurt.

At least I don't have to stay in that house. One advantage of boarding school is escaping from my parents and who they think I should be. My father doesn't look up from the blue light of his phone when he parks outside the dorm. Not even when I slam the car door. It's pouring rain and I'm still damp when I take a seat on the floor next to Robin for the house meeting.

"How was your weekend?" She whispers.

I shrug, avoiding her eyes.

Robin tries to ask another question but Miss Crumbury claps three times like she's trying to get the attention of a dog. A couple of fourth-years whisper through the preliminary announcement about ramen noodles clogging the kitchen sink.

About the time they usually tell us what to expect for the upcoming week, Mrs. Holcomb stands up. She's a thin, grey-haired woman who likes to sit in the corner of the room like a spider waiting to pounce.

"Now, I have something very serious to discuss with all of you. I would appreciate your undivided attention." Even the fourth-years stop talking.

"I received a call from Headmaster Griggs. The trustees and the school have deemed this list of books inappropriate for young ladies.



18 comments:

  1. You have the reflexes of a Jedi: Query and first 50 pages

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  2. You have the reflexes of a Jedi. querymichelle@fuseliterary.com

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  3. You have the reflexes of a Jedi.

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  4. It is I, Moebi-Wan Kenobi. My, my, my… The Force is strong in this one.
    It's a trap!

    Thanks, Admiral!

    [Of course I’m the geek who’d find gifs. It IS Star Wars after all… It’s a Trap/Full request — please send your manuscript to http://QueryManager.com/query/1005/PitchSlamJedi. I look forward to reading!]

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  5. These are the pages I'm looking for! Please send requested materials to jordy@thebookeralbertagency.com. Thanks!

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  6. You have the reflexes of a Jedi. (Pitchslam in the subject, to erin@aplusbworks.com)

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  7. You have the reflexes of a Jedi

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  8. An underground library? I'd like to see your Jedi-like reflexes! Send to laura [at] redsofaliterary [dot] com!

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  9. The force is strong with this one!
    Please send query and full ms to michelle@inklingsliterary.com with Pitchslam and the title of your book in the subject line.

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  10. Disciplined, you are.

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  11. The Force is strong with this one! Please send me the full manuscript as a Word doc or PDF at melissa@rpcontent.com. Thanks!

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  12. These are the pages I'm looking for!

    Please send your materials to phelanqueries[@]thebentagency[.]com with "Pitchslam Request" in the subject line and everything pasted into the email. Just ignore the closed-to-queries auto-response, since this is solicited. :)

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  13. These are the pages I'm looking for: Query and first 15 pages attached as a word doc
    To: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com
    Thanks!

    - Rena

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  14. You have the reflexes of a Jedi! (mallory[at]triadaus.com)

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  15. You have the reflexes of a jedi! Please send to kirsten[at]prospectagency[dot]com with "Pitch Wars" in the subject line.

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