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PW2019 YA #04: SEA LEGS (Contemporary)
Elora Ditton
Mentored by:
Andrea Contos
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2019 Entries
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When a shoulder injury wipes out Rory’s swim scholarships, her solo drinking party on the train leads to mandatory boot camp—until she begs to work on the Italian mega-yacht her overbearing mom captains instead. 

But when Rory catches feels for a charter guest and he jumps ship to escape the future his parents have dictated for him, everyone assumes she helped. And her mom’s all-too-willing to fire her for it.

So when Rory discovers her crewmate BFF is the real culprit, she’ll have to decide: give up her friend, or take the blame—and the first flight to boot camp. 

THE REST OF THE STORY meets Bravo’s Below Deck.



I’m not a bad person. 

Sure, sometimes I jaywalk. I eat too much processed meat and I haven’t flossed since March. But my current predicament—party of one on the train, a thermos of vodka my only friend—this isn’t actually my fault. 

Okay, maybe the vodka is my fault. But the blame for everything pre-vodka belongs to my parents.

Mom always wanted better, stronger, faster. That’s how I learned too much pressure always leads to a break. It broke my parents’ marriage and it broke me. Literally. Because I trained, and I trained, and then—snap. Broken.

My dad’s barely been around enough to teach me anything, except that the only thing worse than too much pressure is no pressure at all. 

And that’s the sordid tale of how I fell from all-state swim star to the vodka-guzzling damp dust bunny staring back at me in the train’s window.

Sparks shower my reflection as white-hot energy pops off the track’s third rail, glowing against the darkened buildings as we barrel toward the Sheridan stop. I take another drink, ignoring the liquid pooled beneath my shoe, pretending it isn’t pee, though sadly, I know it is.

7 responses to “PW2019 YA #04: SEA LEGS (Contemporary)”

  1. Eva Scalzo says:

    This sounds intriguing, please send query + full manuscript to QueryMe.online/evascalzo/PitchWars.

  2. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Elora,

    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

  3. Sabrina Taitz says:

    Would love to read more – please send the full manuscript in PDF format to staitz@wmeagency.com – thank you! xx Sabrina Taitz @ WME

  4. Jordy Albert says:

    I would love to take a look! Please send a query along with your full manuscript as a Word attachment and #Pitchwars in the subject line to me at jordy@thebookeralbertagency.com. Thanks!

  5. Mollie Glick says:

    Hi Elora,

    Would love to take a look at this. Please send the full manuscript to mollie.glickasst@caa.com.

    Mollie Glick

  6. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Elora,

    I would love to see this! Can you send your query and first fifty pages to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,

  7. OMG I love Below Deck! Please send this pitch in the body of an email, synopsis and first fifty pages attached as a Word doc, with YA PITCHWARS and your title in the subject line, to Jennifer@theseymouragency.com.