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MG #11: SUMMER OF THE LAWNMOWER (Contemporary Fantasy)
Mentee:
Shannon Cooley
Mentored by:
Arianne Costner and Adrianna Cuevas
Book Title:
SUMMER OF THE LAWNMOWER
Category:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count:
43,000

Pitch:

Bryce has one summer to prove he’s responsible.

Then he accidentally brings the lawnmower to life.

He tries to hide it by starting a mowing business, but the sentient lawnmower hasn’t learned “stay” yet, his employees are demanding benefits, and if Dad finds out he’s been lying all summer, he might never trust Bryce again. OLD YELLER meets UNGIFTED.

 

Excerpt:

I let go of the lawnmower handle, letting it crash back to the ground, and flopped next to it in the grass.

I was dead. Not buried-in-the-ground dead, but definitely grounded-all-summer dead.

I was as dead as this stupid lawnmower.

It wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I weren’t already walking the fine line of my dad’s patience. Mowing the lawn without being asked was supposed to help prove to him I was getting more responsible.

I needed the help, too; Dad had hardly talked to me since I’d tried to change the flat tire on the car. Turns out, when the YouTube video tells you it’s okay to jump on the handle of the lug wrench to loosen a tight bolt, you have to pay attention to that whole “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” thing. If you jump hard enough turning it the wrong direction, the bolts still eventually loosen—I sheared three of them right off before I realized anything was wrong.

That would have been bad enough, but it came right after Dad caught Kaden and I building a zip line from the tree house to the compost pile.

I looked at my watch. Four o’clock. With Dad’s new job, he hardly ever made it home before six-thirty these days. That meant I had two and a half hours to figure out what to do with the mower.

10 responses to “MG #11: SUMMER OF THE LAWNMOWER (Contemporary Fantasy)”

  1. Colleen Oefelein says:

    Dear Shannon,

    I’d love to see the full! Please see my bio at JDLit.com, and if you’d like, please send your query + synopsis pasted into the body of an email with your full attached to: colleen@adventurewrite.com with the subject, #PitchWars – SUMMER OF THE LAWNMOWER.

    If more than one agent from JDLA requests your manuscript, please feel free to submit to the best fit.

    Thank you and looking forward to reading!
    Colleen Oefelein

  2. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Shannon,

    What a fun premise! I would love to read more. If you’re interested, would you mind sending me the first 25 pages? You can query me at http://www.QueryMe.online/1325/PitchWars. To find out more about me, feel free to visit http://www.bookstopliterary.com/info.html.

    Thanks and I hope to hear from you!

    Karyn Fischer
    BookStop Literary Agency

  3. Caitlen Rubino-Bradway says:

    I’d like to see more. Please send the first 100 pages and a full synopsis to crubinobradway AT lkgagency DOT com. Thank you!

  4. Natascha Morris says:

    Hi Shannon,

    This sounds so unique and hilarious! I’d love to see more. Please upload your full manuscript to QueryMe.online/1067/PitchWars2019.

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  5. Shannon,

    I LOVE this! The lawnmower is alive!!! That’s thinking outside the box! ☺ 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.

    Best,

    Lynnette

  6. Amber Caraveo says:

    I love the sound of this. It could be hilarious! I’d love to see the full manuscript, together with a one-page synopsis, if you’re happy to share. Please see our full submission guidelines at http://www.skylark-literary.com and send to Amber.

  7. Ginger Clark says:

    Hi, I would love to see this. Please send the full manuscript as an attachment (a PDF, RTF, or Word Document is fine) to my email address which is gc@cbltd.com . Please include “Pitchwars 2019 Request” in the subject line. Thank you very much.

  8. Marlo Berliner says:

    The premise is intriguing, so I’d like to see where this is going. 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.

  9. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’m intrigued and would like to see more! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to melissa@rpcontent.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Thank you!


    Melissa Nasson, Esq.
    Associate Agent
    Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC
    https://www.rpcontent.com

  10. Eddie Schneider says:

    Dear Shannon,

    Your query sounds interesting—I’d be happy to look at the first 50-75 pages of SUMMER OF THE LAWNMOWER, along with a 1-2 page synopsis. A .rtf file for the former is preferred, and the body of your e-mail is perfect for the latter.

    Thanks, and I look forward to reading your work.

    Best,
    Eddie