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PW2019 Adult #20: TWO HOUSES (Romantic Comedy #OwnVoices)
Mentee:
Suleena Bibra
Mentored by:
Farah Heron
Book Title:
TWO HOUSES
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Romantic Comedy (#OwnVoices)
Word Count:
87,000

Pitch:

Priya would do anything for her family's Indian art auction house -- even attend a posh house party with rival auctioneer (and childhood enemy) Gavin. Competing with the annoyingly perfect man is one thing, but kissing him complicates matters, especially since she needs that sale to get her father’s respect, and the promotion she deserves.

 

Excerpt:

Gavin Carlyle is here. Because of course he is.

Tension snaps my back ramrod straight and my fists clench at the sight of him, my body getting ready for a fight.

I’ve got too much to do today, and I can’t deal with my mortal enemy since pre-school. It takes a lot of energy to hate the same person for so long, but my natural pettiness really helps.

Character faults aside, I don’t need him here now when I’m trying to devote all my energy on wooing this client at a Four Seasons power lunch. Gavin looks busy (and annoyingly sexy in his suit) at his own table, so hopefully he’ll stay away.

Or maybe a very specific, very small sinkhole will open up under his chair and swallow him into the earth, quickly closing before anyone else’s day can be disturbed.

I physically, but subtly, shift my chair and hunch down so I can’t see Gavin, and force myself to relax. I turn my attention back to Harrison Richmond.

“How’s your daughter doing?” I ask. We’ve been at lunch for about 45 minutes now, and even though I just want to ask him about his art pieces, I’ve got at least another 15 minutes of small talk to go. I’m timing it.

But subtly.

So far, I’ve gushed over his company’s new ad campaign and his wife’s latest charity ball. Which had legitimately been fun.   

21 responses to “PW2019 Adult #20: TWO HOUSES (Romantic Comedy #OwnVoices)”

  1. Tara Gilbert says:

    I really love the Romeo and Juliet pun title. Lol. I’d love to see more. 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 agent 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. Kim Lionetti says:

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

  3. Marlo Berliner says:

    I’d love to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars Adult in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  4. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi, this sounds intriguing. Please submit query + first 3 chapters to QueryMe.online/evascalzo/PitchWars.

  5. Naomi Davis says:

    Such voice! I’d love to see this. ndavis@bookendsliterary.com – Please attach the full manuscript and synopsis along with your query, and include #PitchWars in the subject line.

  6. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Bibra,

    Your manuscript sounds like a lot of fun, and I’d welcome the chance to read the complete. You can send the full to me at atuttle@dystel.com. I hope to hear from you and wish you good luck with Pitch Wars.

    Best,

    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  7. Sarah Phair says:

    Dear Suleena,

    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 me at sphair@sjga.com, and please include 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

  8. Jana Hanson says:

    Hi, Suleena —

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

    Thank you so much, and I wish you the very best of luck in Pitch Wars!

    Jana Hanson

  9. Hi Suleena, there’s lots here that interests me, especially the art auction house! I’d be very happy to take a look at your synopsis and first three chapters. If you like you can send them as a Word file attached to an email: rosenberglitsubmit@icloud.com. I generally take three to six weeks to respond to a partial, but sometimes I’m able to jump right on something.
    I wish you much success with your Pitch Wars entry.
    Barbara Collins Rosenberg
    @RosenbergLit

  10. Claire Friedman says:

    Hi Suleena! Your sample had me laughing at my desk — I’d love to read more! Please do send through your query letter + first 50 pages to claire@inkwellmanagement.com — CF

  11. Tricia Skinner says:

    I’d like to see the full manuscript. Please use this link to upload your query letter and the Word document. http://QueryMe.online/querytricia/PitchWars2020

  12. Chrysa Keenon says:

    Hello! I would love to read more about this story. Please send the first three chapters of your MS to chrysa@cyleyoung.com. Thank you!

  13. Jennifer Unter says:

    Cute concept – would 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!

  14. Andrea Cascardi says:

    I’m intrigued! The premise sounds both intriguing and fun and the opening hooked me right away. I’d love to see the full manuscript in my in-box! andrea@transatlanticagency.com

  15. Cindy Uh says:

    Suleena,

    I’m loving the voice, and you already have me laughing! I need to know what happens.

    If you’d like to send the full manuscript, please email me at cindy.uh@caa.com with “Pitch Wars Submission” in the subject line.

    Best,
    Cindy

  16. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Suleena, I’d love to see the first three chapters of this! Query me at ashley@reesagency.com and put QUERY in the subject line. I hope to hear from you soon.

  17. Julie Gwinn says:

    I’d like to see more of this. First 5 chapters please. Also a full proposal if you have one.

  18. Kerstin Wolf says:

    This sounds like something that I could love to bits and pieces. You managed to get me laughing in just this tiny excerpt! I would love to see the full manuscript of this. If you think we might make a good team, please submit your full manuscript using this specific link: QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars

  19. Maggie Cooper says:

    Dear Suleena,

    I am very much here for “annoyingly sexy” love interests and a good enemies-to-lovers rom com! I’d love to see a full manuscript—you can email me at mcooper@aevitascreative.com.

    Very best,
    Maggie

  20. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Hi Suleena,
    I’d be excited to read your full manuscript! Can you please email it to me at ebewley@sll.com.
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth Bewley
    Sterling Lord LIteristic

  21. Laura Bradford says:

    This looks charming! I love enemies-to-lovers and rival auction houses sounds like such a fun set up!

    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