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Adult #25: CARDIO FOR CORPSES (Mystery)
Meg Long
Mentored by:
Kellye Garrett and Mia P. Manansala
Book Title:
Cardio for Corpses
2018 Adult Entries
Word Count:


Lizzie Lyons is supposed to be reporting on deadlifts not dead bodies. Finding a local gym manager murdered? Not her greatest first interview. When police think her best friend did it, Lizzie starts her own investigation. Soon bodies are racking up, the killer’s two steps ahead, and Lizzie might not have the stamina to save even herself.



Hanging upside down in a circus-inspired contraption was definitely not Lizzie Lyons’ best decision. She’d thought this whole aerial thing would be fun. That was before her legs got knotted into some unpronounceable position and the world began to spin.

“Need any assistance?” the instructor asked, her voice hushed and nasally.

Lizzie winced and shifted her weight. “I’m a little twisted here.”

Her feet tingled from the lack of blood flow. She really had to start thinking things through before jumping into them.  Even a yoga class for her freelance writing gig wasn’t a safe choice.

Lizzie wiggled her numb toes. The more she tried to free her limbs, the faster she spun. Not good. A wave of nausea rolled down her body. Or was that up her body since she was inverted?

The woman reached for the stretch of silk around Lizzie’s left foot. “You really should focus on Conqueror’s Breath while practicing inversions.”

“Not really sure what I’m conquering here…”

The instructor placed a hand on Lizzie’s shoulder. “Keep your breathing steady.”

The spinning finally paused and Lizzie managed to reach her foot. “I think—”

But she yanked too hard and her foot flew free, the force spinning her right into the instructor. There was a breath-holding moment of freefall as the world flipped over.

Then, reality crashed back down and Lizzie landed in a heap of limbs on top of the other woman.

Her breathing had definitely not been steady.

7 responses to “Adult #25: CARDIO FOR CORPSES (Mystery)”

  1. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Long,

    You have an engaging premise, and I would welcome the chance to read further. Please do send your query and the first 50 pages to my attention at atuttle@dystel.com. I’d appreciate your noting in your subject line that this is a Pitch Wars request. Good luck.


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  2. Michelle Richter says:

    This sounds fun. I’d love to see the full manuscript. Please include Pitch Wars in your subject line and send the manuscript and query letter to me at querymichelle@fuseliterary.com. Ms can be an attachment.

  3. Meg,

    *Waves* I know I’ve read this before, but I’m curious to see what you’ve done with it. I really enjoyed Lizzie and want to jump back into her world. I’d love to take another look! Can you send me the full and a synopsis (2-4 pages)? Please use Times New Roman, size 12, black, double-spaced text, 1” margins all around, and ½” paragraph indents. Attach the manuscript and synopsis as two separate Word documents (docx). Sent to: lynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com and add “Pitch Wars Request” along with your title in the subject line. Thanks.

    If more than one agent from The Seymour Agency likes your entry, please send requested material to the agent you feel will be the best fit. #OneAgentAtATime

    Looking forward to reading more.



  4. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi! I’d love to take a look. Please email the ms. to medwards@stonesong.com. Thank you!

  5. Marlo Berliner says:

    Nice voice! I’d love to see more! Please submit your query and first 30 pages via my Query Manager: http://QueryMe.Online/marloberliner
    If more than one JDLA agent requests, simply submit to the agent you feel would be the best fit. Be sure to only submit to one JDLA agent at a time. If the first agent passes, you are welcome to try the next.

  6. Dawn Dowdle says:

    Dear Meg,

    I truly enjoyed your partial. I look forward to reading more!

    I would love to you query me through Query Manager at http://QueryMe.Online/1017. Please put “PitchWars” in who referred you.

    Thank you,

    Dawn Dowdle
    Blue Ridge Literary Agency

  7. Lisa Rodgers says:

    I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages and a 1-2 page synopsis! Please send to querylisa[@]awfulagent[.]com, and put “Pitch Wars: Cardio for Corpses” in the subject line. Looking forward to it!