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Adult #31: HOT COPY (Contemporary Romance)
Ruby Barrett
Mentored by:
Helen Hoang
Book Title:
2018 Adult Entries
Contemporary Romance
Word Count:


When a misunderstanding puts awkward intern Wes at odds with his brilliant beautiful boss Corrine, he ends up doing her dry cleaning and car washing instead of marketing projects. He’d hate her, if he didn’t admire her. She’d enjoy torturing him, if she didn’t think he was adork-able. And okay, hot. When they tumble into a secret affair, they’ll decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for love. A #MeToo relevant story, DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets DATING YOU/HATING YOU.



This elevator is sweltering. Or maybe it’s just the combination of my nerves and this suit that’s making me feel like the air is thick enough to choke on. I tug on my tie. After two years of wearing nothing but jeans and t-shirts, the silk feels like a noose. The only piece of clothing I feel comfortable in are my socks.

I stand shoulder to shoulder with a guy almost my height, in a similar suit and tie. Though his looks much more expensive and he seems more at home in it. His blond hair and Rolex glare under the fluorescents. The volume on his iPod is turned up so loud I can hear his horrible taste in music clearly through the ear buds.

“Hold the elevator!” a woman calls as the doors start to roll closed.

I step forward, pressing my hand to one side of the sliding doors as she darts in. Her head is down, her thumb scrolling quickly across her phone’s screen.

“What floor?” I ask, but when she doesn’t look up, I step back again.

“You part of the Hill City internship?” Bad Music Guy has turned to me and pulled an ear bud out. The tinny sound of his music seems to fill the small space.

I nod and hold out my hand. “Wesley Chambers.”

14 responses to “Adult #31: HOT COPY (Contemporary Romance)”

  1. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi, I’d love to see a query + first three chapters. Please send to eva@speilburgliterary.com

    Please put #PitchWarsShowcase somewhere in the subject line or query letter.

  2. Andrea Cascardi says:

    The pitch for this novel is so intriguing! It feels very fresh. And the opening is just detailed enough to put me right into the scene while leaving me wanting to read more. I’d love to read the full! Please can you send it as a Word or pdf attachment to andrea+query@transatlanticagency.com, with the title and Pitch Wars request in the subject line? I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this!

    Thank you!
    Andrea Cascardi

  3. Kim Lionetti says:

    Yes please! I’d love to take a look! Please upload the synopsis and full manuscript here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars

  4. Sharon Pelletier says:

    Hi Ruby, I’d like to see the first 50 pages! Please send with a query to spelletier@dystel.com with “Pitch Wars Request” and your name in the subject line.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  5. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi! I’d love to take a look. Please email the ms. as a double-spaced .doc to medwards@stonesong.com. Thanks!

  6. Jennifer Unter says:

    I’d like to read more. Please forward the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to assistant@theunteragency.com. Thanks!

  7. Jess Dallow says:

    Hi Ruby,

    This sounds awesome. I’d love to see the full manuscript. Please send it to me in a word document with the query in the body of the email to jess@browerliterary.com with the title of your manuscript and PITCH WARS in the subject. Can’t wait to read it!

  8. Amy Tannenbaum says:

    Hi Ruby,

    I’d love to read more. Can you send me a synopsis and the first three chapters? Please send to atannenbaum@janerotrosen.com and include “Pitchwars” in the subject line.

    Thank you!

    Amy Tannnebaum

  9. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there! This sounds fantastic! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please send them attached as a word document to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com.


    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  10. Suzie Townsend says:

    I love the voice here!

    Please send the query and full manuscript to me at suzie (at) newleafliterary (dot) com.

  11. Jessica Errera says:

    Hi Ruby! I’d love to see the full manuscript of HOT COPY (which sounds like one of my favorite movies “The Proposal”)–can you please send as an attachment/word doc to jerrera(at)janerotrosen(dot)com with “Pitchwars” in the subject? And feel free to include a bit about yourself, too. Looking forward to reading more!

  12. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Barrett,

    This sounds like an engaging premise. Please do send a query letter with the first 50 pages to me at atuttle@dystel.com and indicate this is a Pitch Wars request. I hope to hear from you


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  13. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Hi Ruby,
    I’d love to read more! Please email me your first fifty pages at ebewley@sll.com.
    Elizabeth Bewley

  14. Weronika Janczuk says:

    Please send to weronika@d4eo.com:
    + query letter in email body
    + first 10-15 pages in email body
    + subject line, PARTIAL REQUEST – PITCH WARS – TITLE