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PW2019 YA #42: THE YES GUARANTEE (Contemporary)
Mentee:
Stephanie Dodson
Mentored by:
Hoda Agharazi
Book Title:
THE YES GUARANTEE
Category:
Young Adult
Genre:
Contemporary
Word Count:
75,000

Pitch:

THE HATING GAME meets THE PERFECT DATE. The last thing Maggie needs is for her arch-rival, Vince, to discover her identity as Campus Cupid - the school's secret matchmaker. Now, he’s bribing her into combining their businesses – her matchmaking with his Promposal Services. Although reluctant at first, with them both competing for yearbook editor, it wouldn’t hurt to keep a close eye on her competition. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer – just don’t fall in love with them.

 

Excerpt:

The stunned look on Cooper’s face should have been the first clue I’d accepted the wrong promposal.

The mix-up started ten minutes earlier when he first appeared in the doorway of my Chemistry class, dressed like a UPS delivery man and holding a large brown box topped with a red bow. I shrunk down as low as I could in my seat, willing myself to turn invisible. Ms. Clover did not look pleased her class was being interrupted. Then again, she never looked pleased.

“Special delivery for Maggie Lipton,” Cooper announced.

Okay. So maybe it was kind of sweet. He did look cute with his brown curls peeking out from a brown baseball hat. A large part of me wanted to run to the door and tackle him, screaming, “Yes!” One minor detail: he hadn’t asked me yet. I pressed my palm against my mouth to cover a grin as his eyes swept the room to find me.

At West Campus, the Junior and Senior class attended prom together. And if you were going to ask someone to prom, you couldn’t just ask them. Unwritten rule and code mandated you had to put on a promposal. The more extravagant, creative, and downright theatrical, the better.

This was mine.

Despite Ms. Clover’s sour mood, Cooper opened the box.

14 responses to “PW2019 YA #42: THE YES GUARANTEE (Contemporary)”

  1. Tara Gilbert says:

    This is cute! I’d love to see 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. Eva Scalzo says:

    I’d love to see more of this. Please send query + full manuscript to QueryMe.online/evascalzo/PitchWars

  3. 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!

    Best,
    Jim

  4. Kelly Peterson says:

    Hi Stephanie!

    I love this premise and your voice!!!! Could you send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to Kelly@reesagency.com? You can simply attach your manuscript as a Word document, and make sure your subject line is “Pitch Wars Requested Submission.”

    Wishing you all the best of luck, and I look forward to reading this! =)

    -Kelly Peterson

  5. Andrea Cascardi says:

    The Hating Game? check!
    Proposals? Double check!
    Secret Identities? I couldn’t ask for more!
    This is a terrific premise and engaging opening and I’d be thrilled to find this in my in-box andrea@transatlanticagency.com

  6. REBECCA STRAUSS says:

    Oh, this is DELIGHTFUL! I’d love to read more. Please put ‘Pitch Wars Requested’ in your subject line and send the full manuscript and query letter to me at rebecca@defliterary.com. Ms can be an attachment. Thanks so much!

  7. Natascha Morris says:

    I’m intrigued to see how your revision came along. I’ve always been interested in this pitch, Stephanie, so please upload to feel free to query me to at QueryMe.online/natascha/PitchWars. Can’t wait to see the pages!

    Best,
    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  8. Tara Gelsomino says:

    This sounds like a really fun premise! Would love to see full synopsis and first three chapters. If you’re interested, please email to tara@onetrackliterary.com with pitch wars in subject line.

  9. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Stephanie,

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

    All best,
    Penelope

  10. Lauren Spieller says:

    This sounds fun! I’d love to keep reading. May I please see the full manuscript + synopsis? It would also be great if you could include ‘Pitch Wars Request’ in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! 

    Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS Literary Agency
    lauren@triadaus.com

  11. Clelia Gore says:

    Sounds fun! I’d love to read more. Please send the first 50 pages (Microsoft Word doc is OK) to clelia@martinlit.com, along with a query letter. Please put ‘Pitch Wars’ in the subject line of the email. I look forward to reading!

  12. Chloe Seager says:

    Hi Stephanie – I would love to take a look at this. Please send the first three chapters and synopsis to childrens@madeleinemilburn.com.

    All my best,
    Chloe

  13. Cindy Uh says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    This premise is hard to resist! I’d love to read more if you’d like to send a full manuscript to cindy.uh@caa.com.

    Best,
    Cindy

  14. Chelsea Eberly says:

    I’m loving the rom-com setup here and a voice with just the right amount of humor. Great comps. I hope you will send the full manuscript to me with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line to: submissions (at) greenhouseliterary (dot) com. Thank you!