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PW2019 YA #26: THE HALF-LIFE OF ADELINE WENDING (Contemporary Fantasy)
Michelle Wong
Mentored by:
Rebecca Coffindaffer
Book Title:
2019 Entries
Contemporary Fantasy
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CONSTANTINE meets FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: Twins Adeline and Nathaniel have never gotten along. But when their demon father takes Nathaniel’s heart as payment for a grisly contract with their mother, Adeline saves his life by coughing up half of her own heart—literally. Now, bound together by dark magic, Adeline and Nathaniel must join forces with a young demon hunter and a bloodthirsty talking rabbit to track down their parents for revenge.



On the morning before her eighteenth birthday, Adeline saw an omen. 

The hallways of Hatton Hill were crowded with girls on their way to the cafeteria before class, seeking warm food and caffeine in compensation for leaving their beds. Adeline had been half-asleep and trying not to shiver in her uniform when a swooping shadow drew her attention to the windows lining the hall. Outside, the grass was turning brown and most of the trees had been stripped by the chilly autumn wind. An owl landed on a bare branch, pale and silent like a little ghost against the dreary sky. 

Adeline stepped closer for a better look. The owl stared back at her, its dark eyes unblinking, and slowly turned its head upside down. 

“What are you saying?” she muttered. She had never been very good at omens. 

The owl kept staring. Then it righted its head and flew away.

At that moment, two things happened: first, a dull pain began to pulse in Adeline’s chest. Second, her phone buzzed. She pulled it out to see a message from her brother. 

Did you get a birthday card from Mom? 

Adeline stared. Maybe if she looked at the screen hard enough, the words would rearrange themselves into something that made sense. Birthday card, she read again. From Mom. It remained incomprehensible. She tapped the call button.

14 responses to “PW2019 YA #26: THE HALF-LIFE OF ADELINE WENDING (Contemporary Fantasy)”

  1. Megan Manzano says:

    Wow, that pitch!! I absolutely need more. Please send your query, synopsis, and first 30 pages to the following: https://querymanager.com/query/MeganManzano/PitchWars

  2. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d love to have a look! Kindly send the manuscript to me at jmccarthy@dystel.com. Good luck, and have fun!


  3. Tara Gilbert says:

    Ooooo I love this. Gimme gimme! 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 to submit to and let them know who else liked the pitch, so that we can share it with each other.


  4. Jon Cobb says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I hope all is well! As a big fan of your art, I’ve been looking forward to seeing your work in a different format. I’m excited to read more. When you’re ready to send, I hope you’ll consider sending the full manuscript to me via email. Looking forward to it.

    All best,
    Jon Cobb

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Michelle,

    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,

  8. Anya Goncharova says:

    Dear Michelle,

    My name is Anya, and I am an agent working with Peony Literary Agency. We represent authors all over the world, and I in particular always look for amazing new female authors in English and in translation.

    It is a huge pleasure to read your pitch and excerpt, and I must say, I am so so curious to read more.
    If you are also interested in me looking at it, would you mind please passing on your whole manuscript to me via email, at anya@peonyliteraryagency.com?

    I really hope to hear from you and I am wishing you all the very best with your work as well, it deserves to be read!

    All my best,

  9. Cortney Radocaj says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I adore your premise and your first pages and would love to see more!!

    Please submit the first 50 pages of THE HALF-LIFE OF ADELINE WENDING, along with your query and synopsis, here:


    Please also make sure to put “Pitch Wars” in the referral line or mention that I requested here in your query.

    I look forward to reading! 😊

    Warm Regards,

    Cortney Radocaj
    Associate Agent
    Belcastro Agency

  10. Sandy Lu says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m intrigued! Please send the full manuscript with your bio and complete synopsis (all in one Word document) to sandy@lperkinsagency.com. I look forward to read more.

    Sandy Lu
    L. Perkins Agency

  11. Kari Sutherland says:

    Ooh, super intriguing premise and Adeline’s voice drew me in. I’d love to read more! Please query me with “Pitch Wars” in the title at: https://querymanager.com/query/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form

  12. Christa Heschke says:

    This sounds delightfully dark and unique! Please send the full manuscript and query to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com. Please put “Pitch Wars request” and the title in the subject line. Can’t wait to read!
    –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  13. Kianna Shore says:

    Hi Michelle!

    I am very interested in reading more about THE HALF-LIFE OF ADELINE WENDING and would love if you could send me the full manuscript to me at your earliest convenience. I love your title and am a huge fan of Fullmetal Alchemist! My email is KiannaShore@ladderbird.com and if you could include “Pitch Wars 2020” in the subject line, I would appreciate it.

    Thank you!

  14. Melissa Nasson says:

    This sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read more! Please send the full manuscript 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