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PW2019 MG #09: GOLNICK AND KIRA SEARCH FOR A HEALER (BUT GET A BIT SIDETRACKED) (Fantasy Adventure)
Mentee:
LK Frank
Mentored by:
Kim Long and Jennifer L. Brown
Book Title:
GOLNICK AND KIRA SEARCH FOR A HEALER (BUT GET A BIT SIDETRACKED)
Category:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy Adventure
Word Count:
61,000

Pitch:

No one’s foolish enough to volunteer for the ridiculously treacherous healer-fetching mission that could save the beloved, ailing Grand Commander. Enter Golnick the Agreeable: exuberant singer, extreme optimist, failed dragon-slayer. Namely, the perfect candidate to complete a fool’s errand. Pity about the sabotage, though. ADVENTURER’S GUIDE meets ELF.

 

 

Excerpt:

Golnick the Agreeable was not a big fan of war. This was understandable—unlike birthday presents and puppies, war wasn’t designed to be enjoyed. But in his twelve years, Golnick hadn’t met anyone who shared the sentiment. In fact, adults repeatedly shushed him for being too young and foolish to understand such matters.

Humming quietly, Golnick squinted at the scorched battlefield. His nerves jangled even though the day’s fighting was long finished. Most things made Golnick nervous these days, ever since Foldark the Melodramatic had flung a goat from his balcony right as Golnick passed below. To Golnick, the world had become the kind of place where flying livestock could strike you down at any moment.

It didn’t help that the battlefield was littered with abandoned enemy tech. The incomprehensible contraptions always made Golnick extra skittish. Despite his uncle Ulvnar’s reassurances, he still half-expected the damaged weaponry to whir back to life. An upturned clockwork cannon nearby looked especially shifty.

But Golnick’s current unease stemmed from an entirely different source. Namely, the unmistakable roastiness of the battle’s casualties. He couldn’t understand it—the enemy never used its dragon to attack people, even temporarily dead ones.

Ulvnar wheeled his heavy barrow alongside Golnick. “Our enemy’s strategies have turned ruthless since their Grand Commander fell ill. Say what you will about the old man, at least he showed respect for fallen troops. Whoever’s in charge now has no honour.” He slapped Golnick’s back. “Come, lad. Our mages have only a short window to revive this lot.”

8 responses to “PW2019 MG #09: GOLNICK AND KIRA SEARCH FOR A HEALER (BUT GET A BIT SIDETRACKED) (Fantasy Adventure)”

  1. Hannah Fergesen says:

    I think you already know I want to see this one! Please send along the full manuscript + a synopsis to hannah@ktliterary.com with Pitch Wars Request + your title in the subject line.

    Excited to read!
    Hannah

  2. 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

  3. Natascha Morris says:

    I’m very intrigued by that pitch. And there is a nice humor in your writing. I’d love to see where this story goes, LK. If you want, please upload to me at QueryMe.online/natascha/PitchWars.

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  4. Marlo Berliner says:

    Off to an interesting start! 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!

  5. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi LK,

    I would love to see this! Can you send the query and full manuscript to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with #PitchWars in the subject? Thank you!

    All best,
    Penelope

  6. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’d love to see more of this! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to melissa@rpcontent.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thank you!

    -Melissa Nasson, Rubin Pfeffer Content

  7. Laura Bradford says:

    The title is charming and I love how you have described Golnick in the pitch. Looks like there is so much potential for fun here!

    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

  8. Kerstin Wolf says:

    This sounds like an adventure of good fun and lots of laughs, and I am 100% here for it! I’d love to read the full manuscript. If you think we might be a good match, please submit your full manuscript using this link: QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars