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PW2019 Adult #28: THE FRIENDS (Upmarket Historical Fiction)
Elizabeth Brookbank
Mentored by:
Natalka Burian
Book Title:
2019 Adult Entries
Upmarket Historical Fiction
Word Count:


GENTLEMAN JACK meets FINGERSMITH. Livvy is expected to do her duty and marry well to save the family fortune. Pansy is expected to stay in her place and live the meager life of a servant. When Livvy gets engaged and Pansy gets caught dressing as a man, they must decide: are they willing to risk everything for their love?



On the day she saw Pansy again, Olivia Trengrove and her mother had come to the village for no particular reason that she knew of—other than that her mother wanted to see and be seen. Livvy had escaped into the ladies’ shop for a few precious moments alone. Anywhere she could be away from her mother’s constant commentary assessing every man they saw between the ages of eighteen and forty-five for his fitness as a husband for Livvy.

With only a fortnight left before they were to leave for London, Livvy would have preferred to spend her afternoon riding. It was the only thing that gave her pleasure these past few weeks. The New Year usually filled her with hope, but as 1809 had dawned a month earlier, she felt filled instead with weariness and a building anxiety as she prepared for her third Season. Her last chance—her last good chance, at least—to make a decent match. She could not put it off any longer.

15 responses to “PW2019 Adult #28: THE FRIENDS (Upmarket Historical Fiction)”

  1. Marlo Berliner says:

    Enjoying this and love the premise! Please send the full with Pitchwars Adult in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  2. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Can’t resist a Gentleman Jack comp! I’d love to see the full. Please upload to QueryMe.online/KaitlynJohnson/Contests. Looking forward to diving in!

    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Literary Agent
    Belcastro Literary Agency

  3. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to read more! Could you email me the first 50 pages to slandis@sll.com? Thanks so much!

  4. Kelly Peterson says:

    Hi Elizabeth!

    This sounds right up my alley, and I’d love to take a look! I’ve been searching for a good historical for a long time! =)

    Can you send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to Kelly@reesagency.com with the subject title: “Pitch Wars Requested Submission”? You can simply attach your full manuscript as a Word document.

    Looking forward to hearing from you, and wishing you all the best of luck! =)

    -Kelly Peterson

  5. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Brookbank,

    You have an intriguing premise. Please do send the first 50 pages of your manuscript to me at atuttle@dystel.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  6. Samantha Fabien says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    It’s so nice to e-meet you and congratulations on completing PitchWars! You must be thrilled. My name is Samantha Fabien and I’m an agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency. This manuscript really caught my attention with the strong voice and historical f/f romance. I’m dying to read more! With that in mind, I’d love to read the full. Please send the manuscript with your TITLE + PitchWars for SAMANTHA to queries@LDLAinc.com. I hope to hear from you! 🙂

    If more than one LDLA agent requests your book, you are welcome to send to as many or few of us as you like. Just tell us in the query, and we’ll chat amongst ourselves.

  7. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d be happy to take a look! When it’s time, you can send to jmccarthy@dystel.com, and I’ll happily dive in and give a read!


  8. 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

  9. Laura Bradford says:

    Yes, yes, yes! Give it to meeeee! I am so into this GENTLEMAN JACK meets FINGERSMITH hook. I am dying for more!

    Please email me the full ms + synopsis and make a note in the subject line that this is a Pitch Wars entry. laura at bradfordlit dot com.

    Laura Bradford
    Bradford Literary Agency

  10. Maggie Cooper says:

    Dear Elizabeth,

    You had me at FINGERSMITH! I’d love to see a full manuscript—you can email me at mcooper@aevitascreative.com.

    Very best,

  11. Tamara Kawar says:

    Dear Elizabeth,

    I would love to read more of THE FRIENDS! Could you please send the full manuscript as a Word doc to tkawar[at]icmpartners[dot]com? Please make sure to include “PW2019” in your subject line.

    Thank you!


  12. Bridget Smith says:

    I’d love to take a look! Please send the query (in the body) and the full manuscript (as an attachment) to querybridget@awfulagent.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Can’t wait to read!

  13. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi, Elizabeth, I’d love to see more of this! If you’d like, send the full manuscript to ashley@reesagency.com and put QUERY PITCH WARS in the subject line. Hope to hear from you soon.

  14. Stefanie Lieberman says:

    I’d love to read more of this! Please send the pitch and the manuscript to submissions@janklow.com with the following subject line: for Stefanie Lieberman – Pitch Wars 19. Thank you!

  15. Aimee Ashcraft says:

    Hi there! I’d love to read more of this. Could you send the full manuscript in Word format to aimee@browerliterary.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject heading? Thanks!