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PW2019 YA #01: LOVE FROM SCRATCH (Contemporary Rom-Com)
Kaitlyn Hill
Mentored by:
Susan Lee and Auriane Desombre
Book Title:
2019 Entries
Contemporary Rom-Com
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For fans of Emma Mills and the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen.

Reese Camden has landed a summer internship at an online cooking channel with one simple recipe for success: focus on her professional goals above all else in order to be taken seriously in a male-dominated industry. But that plan is tossed in the blender when she’s unexpectedly thrown in front of the camera alongside charming culinary intern, Benny. Add a heap of workplace misogyny, a dash of intense online scrutiny, and one hunk of a coworker giving more spice than she planned on, and her life may be the stickiest mess ever cooked up in the kitchen. As she fights for the career of her dreams, Reese must decide if a relationship with Benny can be icing on the cake...or if she’ll only end up getting burned.



The man in front of me has a white cat at home.

I know this because from where I stand, smooshed into the back of a crowded elevator heading up to the forty-second floor of the office building in downtown Seattle where my internship is located, the sleeve of his suit is only centimeters from my face. As such, I can see the white strands plain as day against its black fabric—and feel the tickle in my nose that says I’m dangerously close to a sneeze.

“Lordhavemercy,” I think to myself, one big compound, catch-all word I inherited from my mamaw and so many other Southerners, religious or not. It’s what you say when you’re in too polite of company to say something worse.

Mr. Business is testing my limits, though. He just couldn’t be bothered to use a lint roller, could he? Nor to give me any personal space back here. I hope my nose breath is making him hot.

16 responses to “PW2019 YA #01: LOVE FROM SCRATCH (Contemporary Rom-Com)”

  1. Kim Lionetti says:

    Hi Kaitlyn: This sounds fun! Please upload the full manuscript and synopsis here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars. I can’t wait to read it! – Kim

  2. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Kaitlyn, 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.

  3. I just love that pitch, and I’d love to read more. This sounds like so much fun. If you could please send your query, full manuscript and a complete, detailed synopsis to hilaryquery@ktliterary.com with “Pitchwars: Your Title” in the subject field. Can’t wait to dive in!

  4. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Kaitlyn,

    I would absolutely love to read this – will you send me your query and first 20 pages to tara@emliterary.com at your convenience, and mention Pitch Wars in the subject? There’s no timeline on my end, just whenever you feel ready!

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Associate Agent
    Erin Murphy Literary Agency

  5. Jim McCarthy says:

    I think I read an earlier version of this, but if it’s been revised since then, I’d happily take a fresh look!

  6. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Kaitlyn,

    This sounds fantastic, and I’d love to read more! Could you please send a query and the full manuscript to ebauman@aevitascreative.com, and put “Pitch Wars” in the subject line?

    Looking forward!

    All best,

  7. Claire Friedman says:

    Hi Kaitlyn! Your sample is so much fun — and what a great concept! I’d love to read more. Please do send your query letter + first 50 pages to claire@inkwellmanagement.com — CF

  8. Carlisle Webber says:

    I’d like to see more of this. Please send 10 pages and a query letter to carlisle @ fuseliterary .com with the subject Pitch Wars – TITLE. Thanks!

  9. Penny Moore says:

    Hi Kaitlyn,

    I’ve heard such wonderful things from Auriane about this one! This pitch and sample are amazing. I’d love to read more! Please follow the directions on my query form and submit your MS here: QueryMe.online/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars2020. Thanks!

    All the Best,
    Penny Moore

  10. Dana Murphy says:

    !!!!!!!! is all I can muster. I must read this! Please send the first 50pgs and a query letter to submissions@thebookgroup.com, with my name in the subject line and #PitchWars somewhere in the body of the email. Thank you and best of luck!

  11. 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!

  12. Caitlen Rubino-Bradway says:

    I’d love to see more of this. Please send the full ms and a synopsis to crubinobradway AT lkgagency DOT com.

  13. 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

  14. Laura Bradford says:

    Love this hook! 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. I’d love to see more!

    Laura Bradford
    Bradford Literary Agency

  15. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Kaitlyn! This sounds so sweet and fun! I’d love to take a closer look. Please send the first 50 pages to me at http://queryme.online/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2019.

    Thanks so much!
    Alexandra Weiss
    The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

  16. Laurel Symonds says:

    Hi! I’d love to see this. Please send a query and 25 pages to symondsqueries@thebentagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. I’m looking forward to reading more!