SALVAGE THE BONES meets AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, based on the 2015 Oakland Police Department rape scandal. Seventeen-year-old Kiara's world explodes when her name surfaces in a police officer's suicide note, exposing her as a key witness in a police rape case. Kiara must decide if she is willing to testify in the grand jury case that could leave her family vulnerable to police retaliation and endanger everyone she loves.
Sometimes I fill the bath up until it’s almost overflowing and pour in paint. Red. Purple. Steep myself in color so I can feel what it was like for Mama to lay there in the tub, let the water shrivel her so her hands could forget how they left Soraya soaking in her own sweat.
In the water, it’s like every song Daddy ever played collides into its own symphony, sound–tracking the mess we’ve made of this family. I watch the water spilling across the bathroom, seeping under the door so Marcus might care enough to bang on it. Come inside. Be my brother. Ask me why I’m bleeding.
Not that the red is really there. Maybe it’s just the stain that Mama left when she let her smallest baby die, when she left us here in this apartment, where all we have is color, and I ain’t got eyes big enough to see past the front door, past the way my breasts float in the water before they finally sink under.
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Really intrigued by the depth and timeliness of this concept. I’d love to see the full. Please upload to QueryMe.online/KaitlynJohnson/Contests. Looking forward to diving in!
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As soon as I saw SALVAGE THE BONES and AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, I was hooked! Please send the full manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org and include PITCHWARS REQUEST in your subject line.
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Am loving what I’ve read so far! Please submit the full manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org, cc’ing in email@example.com, with the subject line “Pitch Wars: NIGHTCRAWLING.” Thanks so much, and looking forward to diving in more!
Hi Leila, I’m hooked by what I’ve read so far. I’d love to see a query and 50 pages from you. You can reach me at john [@] foliolit.com — I’ll look forward to connecting.
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I’m intrigued! Would you send the first three chapters, pasted in the body of an email, to Rosie@Rittlit.com with [QUERY] and [PITCHWARS] in the subject line?
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This is a great opening and riveting pitch – I’d love to read more! Please forward the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to jen.nadol (at) theunteragency (dot) com with PW Request in the subject line. Thanks!
Hello Leila, I would love to see the first 75 pages of NIGHTCRAWLING (as an attachment is great). Please email them, along with a synopsis or query if you have, to email@example.com Excited to read more!
This was a really gripping first page. I’d love to keep reading. May I please see the full manuscript + synopsis? It would also be great if you could include ‘Pitch Wars Request’ in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!
Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS Literary Agency
Your prose is so lovely in this sample and I’d love to keep reading. Would you kindly send the first 100 pages and your query along as a Microsoft Word attachment to abishop (at) dystel (dot) com, with #PitchWars in the subject line?
Thanks so much – can’t wait to read!
Hi Leila, I’d love to see the first three chapters of this! Query me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put QUERY in the subject line. Hope to hear from you soon!
I would love to see this! Can you send your query and full manuscript to email@example.com with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!
Wow your writing is so vivid and the voice is amazing. I’d love to see more. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can put PITCH WARS REQUEST in the subject line.
Hi Leila, WOW! I’d like to read more. Would you please send your query (body of the email) and the full manuscript (Word doc)? email@example.com
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I adore your premise and your first pages and would love to see more!!
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I look forward to reading! 😊
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