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PW2019 MG #08: MIST AND THE WILD HUNT (#OwnVoices Historical Fantasy with Illustrations)
Mentee:
Parker Goodreau
Mentored by:
Jessica Vitalis and Julie Artz
Book Title:
MIST AND THE WILD HUNT
Category:
Middle Grade
Genre:
#ownvoices historical fantasy with illustrations
Word Count:
69,000

Pitch:

When 12yo nonbinary changeling Mist and their mortal friend Zarita accidentally capture pixies on film, they must "prove" the photos are fake or face the wrath of the Fairy Queen. Cottingley Fairies meets MG Cruel Prince.

 

Excerpt:

It’s not easy to train a fox, even if the fox is your sister.

I’ve tried my whole life to make Kit listen. It doesn’t help that she keeps growing. She’s already as big as a horse, with fangs and claws, so wrestling her down doesn’t work anymore. And her bigness is about to get us in a heap of trouble.

“Stay,” I say, drawing it out. Her nose pokes through the bushes where I hid her. Kit’s golden eyes flash with wanting at the bright patch in the distance. The woods of the Spillage are always dim with twilight, except for that morsel of sky shining through the Gap. Whenever we get near the mortal world, Kit gets the itch for adventure. Well, so do I, but one of us has to be responsible.

“If we leave now, the Queen will have our hides. We’re already late for the party.” If there was a way out of that, I’d be on Kit’s back and through the Gap in a blink. But the Queen would definitely notice our absence. Kit whines. I swat her on the nose. “And if you go without me, I’ll wear your skin as a coat.”

Kit thrusts her long orange snout under my arm. Her whiskers quiver as I run my hands over her ears. “Stay out of sight for two minutes. You can manage that, you big lug.”

My collar stings against my neck; the Queen thinks I’m dawdling. I leave Kit whimpering in the bushes and break into a run.

10 responses to “PW2019 MG #08: MIST AND THE WILD HUNT (#OwnVoices Historical Fantasy with Illustrations)”

  1. Tara Gilbert says:

    You had me at the first line and I love the illustration! Please send me 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 of us 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. Rena Rossner says:

    I would love to read this full manuscript! Please send it attached as a word document to: rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com

    Thanks!

    – Rena Rossner

  3. Suzie Townsend says:

    I love this! Would love to read 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 suzie@newleafliterary.com. You can put PITCH WARS REQUEST in the subject line.

  4. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Parker,

    I would love to read more! Please send the full manuscript as a word document (or the format that makes the most sense with your illustrations) to hjacobson@icmpartners.com

    Thank you!

    My best,
    Hillary

  5. Naomi Davis says:

    Oh, this looks absolutely wonderful!!! Can you please send me a query, synopsis, and full manuscript (or a link to the illustrated version) to ndavis@bookendsliterary.com? I would absolutely love to see more.

  6. Quressa Robinson says:

    Parker! This was so hard to let go when I saw it last year. I did say I’d love to see a revision! I’m eager to see what you’ve done. Please query me at this link (QueryMe.online/QueryQuressa/PW20192020) and follow the directions. If more than one NLA agent requests work from you it is okay to query more than one of us, just give us a heads-up. Good luck!

  7. Ashley Blake says:

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

  8. Ginger Clark says:

    I would love to take a look at this. Can you email me the first fifty pages as either a PDF or DOCX or RTF? Put the words “Pitchwars 2020 request” in your subject line. Thank you so much!

  9. Kari Sutherland says:

    I’d love to see more of this–yes, please to foxes and nonbinary characters and magic and vengeful fairies. Please query me here and include “Pitch Wars” in the title: https://querymanager.com/query/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form

  10. Heather Cashman says:

    Hi, Parker! I love this illustration and want to keep reading! If you think we’d be a good fit, please query me at http://QueryMe.Online/HeatherCashman and I’ll respond soon with a full request so you can upload the file. Thanks!