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PW2019 Adult #01: A PERFECT MESS (Contemporary Rom Com, #OwnVoices OCD)
Mentee:
Piper Vossy
Mentored by:
Susan Bishop Crispell
Book Title:
A PERFECT MESS
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Contemporary Rom Com, #OwnVoices OCD
Word Count:
85,000

Pitch:

THE HATING GAME meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. When a quirky consultant goes undercover for the Cruella de Vil of men’s luxury fashion, she tumbles into a steamy romance with a CEO candidate she’s hired to spy on. Now she must find a way to mend her reputation—and heart—before her perfectly planned life unravels.

 

Excerpt:

If I had to rate myself, I’d give me a 5.5 out of 10. Nice arse, decent face. The way we look shouldn’t matter, but you’d be foolish to think it doesn’t. Humans are programmed to size each other up in seconds, and by our very nature we favor attractive people.

Heavy glass doors split and a puff of warm air beckons me out of the London winter. As I enter the world of high-end fashion, a salesman twirls on the tips of squeaky leather shoes to greet me. Brown eyes yo-yo over my outfit, snagging on the details he approves of. Knee-high boots, tick. Gucci trench coat, tick.

“Welcome to Ésayyer.” He’s a friendly teapot today. One hand on a hip, the other a spout. “Having a nice morning?”

Nope.

Two minutes ago, I sat in the gutter dry retching, scraping dog crap off boot bottoms with my unused gym card, which now rots in a bin, like all the other resolutions I ditched over the past year. I’d amputate my contaminated hands if I didn’t enjoy flipping the bird so much…

“Uneventful.” My gaze flicks between his overplucked eyebrows and name badge—swirly engraved letters spell Elliot. The badge is new because last week, when I wore old jeans and a tatty jacket to mystery shop this store, I swear it read Twat. He doesn’t recognize me. Though I had no expectations he would. Call me Chloe Miles—The Chameleon.

17 responses to “PW2019 Adult #01: A PERFECT MESS (Contemporary Rom Com, #OwnVoices OCD)”

  1. Tara Gilbert says:

    The Devil Wears Prada is one of my faves! I’d love to see more of this.

    Please use the link below to submit the full along with a synopsis and query letter.

    Thank you for considering me! If more than one Corvisiero agent shows interest, please choose one of us to submit to and let them know who else liked the pitch, so that we can share it with each other.

    QueryMe.online/TaraGilbert/Requested

  2. Saba Sulaiman says:

    Hi Piper,
    I’m intrigued and I’d love to read more! Please send a query, synopsis, and the first 25 pages (Word documents will suffice) to ssulaiman@talcottnotch.net — and don’t forget to mention #PitchWars in your subject line. Thanks—looking forward to my read!
    Good luck,
    –Saba

  3. Kim Lionetti says:

    Hi Piper: I’d love to see the synopsis and full manuscript. Please upload here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars. Can’t wait to read! – Kim

  4. Sabrina Taitz says:

    Would love to read more. Please send your query letter + full manuscript in PDF format to staitz@wmeagency.com – thank you! – Sabrina Taitz @ WME

  5. Sarah Phair says:

    Dear Piper,

    This sounds interesting, and I’d love to take a look. Could you please send me the first 50 pages as a word document with your query letter as the first page? You can send it to sphair@sjga.com, and please mention Pitch Wars in your subject line.

    Best,

    Sarah

    Sarah Phair
    Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.
    55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
    (212) 206-5611 | http://www.Greenburger.com

  6. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to read the full manuscript! I’m already hooked 🙂 Please email it to slandis@sll.com. Thanks!

  7. Michelle Richter says:

    Hi Piper, I’d love to see the first 100 pages, your query, and synopsis if you have one. Please submit to me here: QueryMe.online/MichelleRichter/PitchWars

  8. Claire Friedman says:

    Hi Piper! This sounds like so much fun — I’d love to consider! Please do send through your query letter + first 50 pages to claire@inkwellmanagement.com — CF

  9. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi, this sounds so fun! I’d love to see the first 3 chapters. Query me at ashley@reesagency.com and put QUERY in the subject line. Hope to hear from you soon!

  10. Julie Gwinn says:

    I would love to see the first three chapters of this project. Also a full proposal if you have one (including if this is a stand-alone or part of a series) any previous publishing experience and an overview of your social media platform.

  11. Laura Crockett says:

    This sounds great! Please send an email with subject line containing “Pitch Wars,” your official query in the body of the email, and the first 50 pages in an attached Word doc to laura(at)triadaus(dot)com. Looking forward!
    -Laura Crockett, TriadaUS

  12. Kerstin Wolf says:

    I love it! The Hating Game plus the Devil Wears Prada? Perfection! I’d love to see the full manuscript of this. If you think we might be a good match, please submit your manuscript using this specific link: QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars

  13. Emmy Nordstrom Higdon says:

    Hello! My name is Emmy Nordstrom-Higdon, and I am an agent in training with The Rights Factory! I just started building my list, and I’m so lucky to have Sam Hiyate as my mentor. If we end up working together, you’ll get the best of both worlds – the wisdom of an agent with 16 years in the biz, and my enthusiasm and attention as a new agent with just a handful of select clients so far. Part of why your manuscript caught my eye is because I am a huge fan of the Devil Wears Prada (I’ve seen it so many times I can probably recite it), and as someone with psychiatric diagnoses myself, I love seeing #OV stories. I am thrilled to request a full manuscript from you, which you can send to assistant@therightsfactory.com. Please include a query letter and write PITCH WARS in the subject line. In the meantime, you can check out my bio and what I’m most interested in at https://www.therightsfactory.com/about-us, and my blog at http://www.booksbeyondbinaries.blog, if you want to know a little more about me. Really hoping to hear from you soon, and congratulations on participating in Pitch Wars!!

  14. Maggie Cooper says:

    Dear Piper,

    If I had to rate this sample, I’d give it a 10 out of 10! Chloe’s voice is wonderfully frank and appealing, and I’d love to see a full manuscript—you can email me at mcooper@aevitascreative.com.

    Very best,
    Maggie

  15. Suzie Townsend says:

    This sounds so fun. I love the voice. Please send me your full manuscript with your query pasted into the first page (a word .doc is best but an .rtf will also work). Send to suzie@newleafliterary.com. You can put PITCH WARS REQUEST in the subject line.

  16. Colleen Oefelein says:

    This made me giggle! I’d love to read the full!

    Please email me directly at colleen@adventurewrite.com. Paste your query and synopsis directly into the body and attach your full. Thanks and looking forward to reading!

    Colleen

    Colleen Oefelein
    Associate Agent
    The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
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  17. Ellen Goff says:

    Dear Piper,

    My name is Ellen and I’m an agent over at HG Literary. This sounds so up my alley! Will you please send me the full manuscript (to ellen@hgliterary.com) with your query/pitch? 

    Can’t wait to read! 

    Thank you! 
    Best,
    Ellen