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PW2019 Adult #08: THE CORN DOG PACT (Women’s Fiction)
Stephanie Eding
Mentored by:
Heather Van Fleet and Kelly Siskind
Book Title:
2019 Adult Entries
Women's Fiction
Word Count:


New Girl meets I’m Fine and Neither Are You. Discovering she’s pregnant with her ex-husband’s baby is the cherry on top of Josie’s disastrous year. Desperate for change, she teams up with her long-lost best friend and former high-school crush to improve their adulthood woes. If she can’t stabilize her chaotic life, she risks losing rights to her son in divorce court.




Josie could think of a million different ways she’d rather spend a Wednesday afternoon than squatting over her parents’ toilet to pee on a stick.

With the task complete, she wadded the test in tissues and placed it by the sink. Bile rose in her throat at the magnitude of the situation.

Her phone rang on the countertop at exactly the right moment.

“I don’t want to know the answer,” Josie said, in way of a greeting.

Ella, her best friend of seventeen years, sighed on the other end. “Calm down. It’s probably negative. You’ve had wonky periods since college.”

“Yeah, but my stomach has never bloated like this.” Josie swallowed hard and gave up on remaining near the calculating test. She had to get away.

Moving like a zombie through the hall, she pushed the screen door open and practically fell onto the front walkway. Her hands trembled as she held the phone to her ear, heart pounding louder than the sound of her feet crunching across the dry grass in the yard.

“Well, let’s be honest, you’ve been eating a lot lately.” Ella whispered her accusations into the phone as her children’s voices echoed behind her.

“Yet another sign of pregnancy.” She picked up her pace and rounded the house to the backyard, kicking at every shrub along the way.

Josie couldn’t be pregnant.

Not after she’d filed for divorce from the potential father.

9 responses to “PW2019 Adult #08: THE CORN DOG PACT (Women’s Fiction)”

  1. 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


    Great opening! I’d love to read more. Please put ‘Pitch Wars Requested’ in your subject line and send the full manuscript and query letter to me at rebecca@defliterary.com. Ms can be an attachment. I look forward to reading more. Thanks so much!

  3. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m intrigued! I’d love to see the full manuscript as a .doc. My email address is medwards @ stonesong dot com. Looking forward!
    All best,

  4. Jana Hanson says:

    Hi, Stephanie —

    I would love to read more of THE CORN DOG PACT. Please send the first 5 chapters to me at your earliest convenience (jhanson@metamorphosisliteraryagency.com).

    Thank you so much, and best of luck to you in Pitch Wars!

    Jana Hanson

  5. Hi Stephanie, I’d be happy to take a look at THE CORN DOG PACT. If you like, you can send me a Word file of the synopsis and first three chapters attached to an email: rosenberglitsubmit@icloud.com
    I generally run 4-6 weeks to respond, but sometimes I get to things immediately – all depends on how my day is going.
    Wishing you much success with your entry!

  6. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    This sounds great, and I’d love to read more! Could you please send a query and the first 100pgs to ebauman@aevitascreative.com, with “PitchWars” in the subject line?

    Looking forward to seeing more!

    All best,

  7. Hi Stephanie. I so love a protagonist who has to rescue herself from her own bad choices. I’d love to read the full manuscript. Could you email it to me atKristin: QueryMe.online/1353/PW20192020
    Thanks and I look forward to the read,

  8. 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 LOVE a good friendship story. I am thrilled to request a partial of your first three chapters 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!!

  9. Jessica Watterson says:

    I would love to see the full of this with synopsis and query pls! send to queryme/online/jessicawatterson/pitchwars. I hope you will send to me! 🙂